Moving is one of the most stressful things in life. It's up there with death, divorce and debt. Unfortunately, stressful situations seem to go hand in hand with other stressful situations. For example, if you are in debt, you may fight with your spouse about money, get a divorce and have to move. Hopefully, your life is a bit better than the one I just described.
If you're an apartment dweller like me, you may find yourself moving for any number of reasons. I've lost sheik apartments due to structural remodeling and dramatic rent hikes. That's life. You have to roll with the punches. Even if you rent, you are still responsible for your space. Here are five simple green things that you should do when you move into a new apartment.
1. Paint With No VOC Paint
I like to paint my new dwellings. It adds a sense of individuality to a mass-produced apartment unit. Make sure to use no VOC paint and paint thinner when you paint a place like your apartment. You don't want your new living area to have indoor air quality problems.
2. Check the Toilet
The toilet will be the place where the most water leaves your apartment. Each flush uses about three gallons. You can reduce your water use by putting a weight or a dam in the tank. You should also test the toilet to see if it's leaking, and if it is leaking, try replacing the flapper.
3. Install Foam Insulating Gaskets
For a few dollars and an hour or so of your time, you can increase the energy efficiency of your apartment by adding foam insulating gaskets behind the light switches and the outlets.
4. CFL Bulbs for the Fixtures
Incandescent light bulbs use about 60 watts. CFL bulbs use about 9, a no-brainer really.