Take off your shoes when you get home! Did you know that 80% of indoor air pollutants are tracked in off the streets?
When painting, only use low or zero voc (volatile organic compound) paints. If you can smell it, it is toxic.
Only use cleaning products made from safe, natural and non-toxic ingredients.
Buy local, seasonal and organic. Visit http://www.cenyc.org to locate your nearest farmers market.
Swap out incandescent bulbs for warm tone CFLâ€™s (try the 2700k or an LED alternative).
Refinish wood floors with low-voc urethane or water based floor finish.
Use lowâ€“voc caulk, sealant, and grout in bathrooms & kitchens.
If replacing floors, use cork, marmoleum, bamboo, FSC certified or reclaimed wood.
If replacing carpets, use natural, sustainable, recycled and/or long lasting fibers.
Consider kitchen countertops made from a variety of recycled materials.
Install low flow taps, showerheads and toilets.
Buy FSC-certified furniture or go vintage.
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Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
The Corcoran Group
Start off by installing sun shielding shades and blinds in order to control sunlight during the summer and use less heat.
During the winter months, remove your window AC unit in order to prevent the cold air from entering, and instead place a plastic cover over it.
If you can, find an apartment with double pane windows. These are designed to prevent heat or cold air from entering or escaping, allowing you to use less heat or air conditioning.
Finally, you could schedule an energy audit in order to obtain an expert's advice! Energy auditors will use specialized tools and skills in order to evaluate the current state of your home and recommend appropriate measures needed to upgrade your home and make it even more eco-friendly.