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Green apartment living tips Special To The Star-news | Sat, Oct 23 2010 12:00 PM


Living in an apartment complex is a step in the green direction. Grouping housing units together naturally conserves resources. It does not take nearly the same amount of lumber, building materials, and landscaping to build 300 apartment units as it does 300 individual homes. Green living tips for apartment dwellers vary slightly from homeowners who can easily choose to upgrade their own property. While apartment renters do not have the control to change appliances, windows, and heating units, they do have the ability to make a big difference by following these tips:

* Stop junk mail. Reduce paper waste by taking your name off junk mailing lists. Start with prescreened credit card applications by calling (888) 5 OPT OUT or visit www.OptOutPrescreen.com to stop receiving these applications for five years.

* Lighten up. Replace three frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. This will save approximately $60 in energy per year.

* Go natural. Make your own natural cleaners without the use of harsh chemicals that drain into our soil and seas. Find recipes to make natural cleaners online at www.naturalcleaningrecipes.com.

* Water watch. Get creative with the way you conserve water. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water. When you are finished you can use this same water to water your plants.

Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation develops quality affordable housing for individuals and families. For Wakeland sustainable building is one aspect of quality design. Since building Los Vecinos, LEED Platinum Certified apartment complex in Chula Vista, Wakeland has been committed to building all consecutive properties with as green as possible. Wakeland residents also benefit from regular "Go Green" tips and workshops through a program called Simple Green Living In a Small Place.

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