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By Mitchell Hall | Broker in New York, NY

Tips For Greening Your Apartment

In spite of the cold weather, "Be Cool" Go Green!
Here are some simple ideas that will help the environment and might actually save you money.
  1. Recycle according to your building's guidelines.
  2. Upgrade appliances. Modern appliances are more efficient than older ones.
  3. Unplug chargers and appliances such as VCR or a coffee maker when you're not using them. Believe it or not, left plugged, these appliances take up energy. You'll actually save on your electric bill. And when buying appliances, look for the "Energy Star" label.
  4. Switch to a green energy provider: http://www.askpsc.com/ or call 866-GRN-POWR
  5. Switch to ENERGY-STAR - qualified compact flouresent light bulbs (CFLs)
  6. Bring a cloth or canvas bag to the supermarket
  7. Switch to paperless bank statements
  8. Recycle unwanted electronics, computers monitors and printers through one of the retailer or manufacturer-sponsored, take-back programs below. Since July 2009 NYC law requires all electronics manufacturers to adopt e-recycling programs.
For home renovations, go to www.environmentalhomecenter.com, where you can purchase green building materials such as paint, countertops, flooring, cleaning supplies, etc. The www.thegreenguide.com has useful, practical everyday living information.

Courtesy of:
Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group

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