5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Apartment Living

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Sustainability is important for everyday living. On April 22, 2020 Canadians will be celebrating Earth Day and we want to share with you our top 5 tips for living more eco-friendly.

Learn what’s recyclable

Recyclables in the Region of Waterloo are sorted by containers, paper products/plastic bags and corrugated cardboard. It is important with apartment living to separate your recyclables properly. Learn what can go in and what shouldn’t go into carts here.

Conserve Water 

Conserving water doesn’t have to mean not using water. One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is by conserving water. It is important to report any leaks within your suite to our maintenance department. When doing the dishes, make sure your dishwasher is full before running a load and use cold water when washing your clothes. This will save you time and energy. If you have any leaks in your suite please contact: guestservices@barrelyards.com or (519) 725-1541. For after hour emergency maintenance please call: (226) 220-9207

Make Your Patio Shine 

Try brightening up your patio with solar powered lights. The options for solar lights can range from string lights to garden stake lights. This inexpensive option can transform your patio into an outdoor living space you will want to entertain with.

Start Composting 

Who knew you could compost while living in an apartment? These days there are multiple options for composting without having a yard. One option we found that is low maintenance and efficient is an electronic composter. These low-energy composters allow you to reduce kitchen waste up to 90% of its original volume. With electronic composters you don’t have sacrifice smell or space.

Reduce Energy Consumption –

As the weather becomes warmer, it is important to monitor energy use. A cost-effective way to save energy in the warmer months is to purchase blackout curtains. Closing curtains during the day allows for your apartment to stay cooler and your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard. In addition, another cost-effective method is using LED lightbulbs. Replacing any lightbulbs that are not LED will save much more energy compared to their standard counterpart.