Environmental Protection & Preservation
More Than Sixty-Three Percent of Renters Recycle
Renters are going green as a recent
Apartments_com survey indicates more than sixty-three percent of survey
respondents who live in an apartment community recycle regularly. In
comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 32% of
the entire U.S. population participates in recycling programs.
Of the renters who do recycle, fifty percent live in an apartment
community that offers a recycling program for residents. Property managers
and apartment owners support environmental issues in numerous ways as
survey respondents indicate the following eco-friendly products and
services are provided by management companies: recycling bins and
receptacles (34%), energy efficient lighting (10%), water saving showers
and fixtures (10%) and insulation in windows and doors (8%).
Environmentally friendly communities are in high demand as twenty-six
percent of renters state they would pay more in rent to live in a building
that makes efforts to conserve and recycle. When asked to choose between
identical apartments with the same monthly rent, one being eco-friendly and
the other not, more than sixty-four percent of renters would choose the
A significant number of survey respondents indicate that they
personally make conservation efforts regardless of the presence of a formal
recycling program within their rental community. Fifty-nine percent of
survey respondents recycle plastic, fifty-seven percent indicate that they
use energy efficient light bulbs, fifty-six percent recycle paper, aluminum
and glass and forty-six percent use a timer to set their heating/air
conditioning to run only while someone is home.
There are many easy ways for renters and property managers to help
improve the quality of the environment. Mindi Picotte from Ideal Bite, a
Web site, newsletter and blog that provides eco friendly tips and
resources, offers these simple ways to live in a "greener" apartment:
- Use energy efficient light bulbs.
- When appliances are plugged in but not turned on, energy is still
being used. Cut energy bills by up to forty percent by using a
- Burn soy candles to avoid pollutants and smoke marks on walls.
- Use an organic cotton shower curtain paired with a nylon liner to
cut down on mold buildup and eliminate harmful gases found in PVC
- Instead of reaching for bottled water, fill up a non-leaching, lined
aluminum bottle with filtered tap water.
- Purchase a potted plant in lieu of using an electric air purifier.
- Eliminate junk mail and paper waste by removing names and addresses
from junk mail lists.
Renters and property managers alike can find additional information on
how and what to recycle as well as more tips on energy conservation in the
"Housekeeping" section of Apartment Living on Apartments.com
As part of its monthly "What Renters Want" research series,
Apartments.com surveys renters on various topics. For more information on
these surveys or to receive a copy of additional survey results, please
contact Lisa DeVries at ldevries@Apartments.com
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