Green Apartment Living
There are many stereotypes associated with living green that may discourage you from attempting to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. However, there are many simple changes you can make that will have a drastic positive impact for the environment. You do not need to wait until you are settled with a home to recycle or be kind to the earth.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Typical household cleaning products you use in your UF apartments contain harsh ingredients. These chemicals can easily pollute the water supply. Instead, look for products that are non-toxic or biodegradable. Most likely, you will be able to find them in any major grocery store. If you are worried about the prices, you can look for recipes online to make your own cleaning solutions.
Environmentally Friendly Transportation
If you have a car, you may want to drive it to class because it is the most convenient way to get around. However, vehicles consume a large abundance of gas. Instead, consider walking or riding a bike. These options are completely environmentally friendly and they will also help you get regular physical exercise. The RTS bus system is another reasonable choice. It is organized so that it reaches all major Gainesville apartments near UF. Though buses use gas as well, they carry many students at the same time; therefore, it is still more beneficial than if each student drove separately.
Every time you use electricity, fossil fuels are burned, which adds carbon to the air. It is best to limit the amount of energy that you consume. Air conditioning has a large impact on your energy consumption so it is best to minimize your use. Avoid extreme temperatures within your UF student apartments. In the summer, raise the temperature two degrees higher than where you normally set it and in the winter, lower it two degrees. You can use warm clothing or fans to compensate for the change in temperature. Additionally, be sure to unplug all electronics when you are not using them. Even if they are turned off, they are still in standby and will continue to absorb energy.
Reduce the Amount of Paper You Throw Away
Limit the amount of paper you receive by unsubscribing online from advertisements. Not only will you decrease the amount of paper that is wasted, but you will not need to worry about junk mail anymore. Further, you can avoid writing your notes for class in a notebook. Instead, bring your laptop and type your notes. When you do have paper that you need to get rid of, recycle it. Ask your Univeristy of Florida student housing office what the policies are for recycling.
Living Green at The Retreat at Gainesville
Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle does not involve major financial hardships nor huge changes, rather simple adjustments that benefit you in other ways as well. Making your own cleaning solutions and limiting the amount of energy you consume will also save you money. It is important to choose luxury apartments in Gainesville, FL such as The Retreat at Gainesville, which will support your efforts. Our quality construction will reduce the amount of air conditioning that will be allowed to escape.