Sustainable Living: 8 ways to Create an Eco-friendly Apartment

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And my sanctuary is a condo overlooking Lake Ontario, which is only a few miles away from the hustle & bustle of downtown Toronto.

Every morning, I wake up to the picturesque Lake Ontario and enjoy its beauty from my bedroom’s picture window.

By living in a luxury modern waterfront condo, you get the best of both worlds.

One: You’re far away from the noise and clamour of the metropolis, tucked in serene natural beauty.

And two: You get all the comfort and the amenities that you can find top-notch Toronto Condos for Sale.

Combine these two and what you get a chance to enjoy a permanent vacation in a five-star hotel with all its associated perks and luxuries.

With an increased number of people rooting for sustainable living, real estate developers are also looking for creative ways to develop eco-friendly condos.  

When you talk about eco-friendly condos, the first thing that would come to your mind would be a condominium complex that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

An eco-friendly apartment is one whose environmental impact is minimal. To achieve sustainability, real estate developers take measures that help reduce the construction’s negative impact on the surroundings and improve water-energy efficiency and indoor environment quality.

How Can we make Our Homes Eco-friendly?

You do not have to purchase hard-to-operate and expensive equipment to reduce your home’s ecological footprint. All you have to do is to follow the simple steps that I am going to share with you to make your condo eco-friendly and much more livable than ever.

I undertook the following steps to make my condo livable & eco-friendly:

1.  Buy Environmentally Sustainable Furniture

Environmental impact of most conventional furniture can be severe. You should look for furniture that is friendly to the environment. Eco-friendly furniture helps conserve resources & is sourced from local forests. It does not come from distant locations in cargo ships.

Top-quality eco-friendly furniture uses sustainable materials that significantly reduce environmental impact on the earth. Such furniture uses organic cotton, eco-wool, 100% natural latex, locally sourced wood, reclaimed wood and recycled fabric.

Eco-friendly furniture uses low VOC finishes and does not rely on fire retardants. Such furniture helps spruce up the whole condo due to its relaxingly good finish. The best part is that this kind of furniture is made in both the United States & Canada by reputable brands.

Think smart and save money on local made eco-friendly furniture.

2.  Save energy and energy costs

Try using solar panels to reduce energy costs of electricity bills. The lakeside area of Toronto receives ample sunlight during the summer and modern solar panels also help store surplus energy. Solar panels have negligible emissions once they are installed.

In case if the building management does not allow solar panel installation, cut down on excessive energy usage through LED bulbs.

LED bulbs may be expensive than the classical old school halogen bulbs, but they help in significantly cutting down the electricity bill. If LED bulbs are pricy, then keep all your halogen bulbs in one place and swap them for LEDs at discount stores.

Don’t forget to check the energy suppliers’ options for renewable energy. This will also help cut down your electricity bill by a considerable margin.

3. Practice Water Conservation

Droughts are happening across the globe and the 2016 drought near Los Angeles raised the issue of water conservation. Water pollution levels in developing countries are worse. Hence, water conservation is more important than ever.

Water wastage is also high in developed countries. One of the most common causes of water wastage is leaking taps and leaky toilets. They are easy to fix and handle, but human negligence compounds the misery they cause.

In case there is a leaky tap, a leaky toilet or another water source leaking water, do not hesitate and call a plumber immediately. Such wastage of water is subtle and can become worse in the long run.

Close all taps immediately after using them. Invest in aerators and low-flow showerheads. Check dishwashers and washing machines for any leaks as well and get them fixed right away.

4. Decorate your Condo with Plants

Studies have shown that having indoor plants bring a ton of benefits to our homes besides complementing the décor. They not only relieve stress; they also make people feel happier, more focused and motivated.

Plants help filter the air, eliminate toxins, absorb chemicals, soak up vapors of heavy metals and replenish oxygen in the air.

Apart from their detoxifying nature, small indoor plants are also a good source of food. From tomatoes, chilies, lettuce, to lemons, herbs, okra; there are a ton of options that you can choose. Check out the following video for growing plants in the comfort of the kitchen of your condo:

While we’ve talked about the interior, one facet of condos that can benefit from chlorophyll-powered beings is the exterior. Green walls and vertical gardens are in style these days. Try making good use of them. You will also be able to help Mother Earth relax and ensure your future generations a healthy future.

5. Start Composting Organic Scraps

Composting food, fruit and vegetable scraps is a good option. Buy a compost bin and deposit fruit & vegetable peels, eggshells, ground coffee bits, plant clippings and any other edible leftovers in it.

Even if you are unable to put in your condo’s plants, donate the compost to nearby communities as everyone is doing it.

6. Reuse – Recycle – Repeat

Time for you to dispose of plastic because it has polluted our beaches, oceans, seas, rivers, lakes and fields. Remove all plastic cutlery, straws, zip-top bags and water bottles.

Invest in cutlery, bags and bottles as well as other essentials that are practically reusable.

Buy alternatives to plastic wraps made from beeswax. Try taking some of your home’s silverware to work or ask the workplace to bring in reusable cutlery. Even pack your work lunch in glass Tupperware that is microwave safe.

It’s time to eliminate the excessive use of plastic.

Also, cut down on paper-based cleaning products by using cloth-based napkins and towels.

7.  Smart Temperature Control

IoT has come a long way and one of its impacts can be witnessed in the form of smart devices that improve our homes. Invest in smart thermostats to reduce your apartments environmental impact. They learn your habits through motion-sensors. They help in closing down ACs and heaters when rooms become empty.

These smart thermostats have apps that help you track your energy usage. They also help reduce your apartment’s heating and cooling energy use by at least 15%, and that is what all manufacturers say. Hence, such an investment is going to pay you off in the long run.

8. Cut down on the chemical usage

Home cleaning chemicals, floor sealers, paint, thinners and other household chemicals can have high concentrations of environmentally adverse chemicals that can affect indoor air quality.

Purchase products that are made of natural ingredients and contain low VOCs.

Conclusion

There you have it, we’ve shared eight golden ways that will truly transform your condo from a toxic hazard to a more efficient and pleasant home that oozes sustainable living. So whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist by style, implement these tips and turn your condo into the talk of the town.

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