The housing market is finally starting to make a slow crawl towards recovery, but Phoenix, AZ rentals are still a popular choice of housing for scorned past homeowners and cautious tenants. And the surge of eco-hipsters has gotten everyone wanting to green up their pad. Greening up your space is not only one of the most important things you can do for the environment; it's also one of the most important things you can do to save money. But what can you do when you don't own your property? Surely slapping on solar panels and investing in electronic smart house upgrades can't be done on your rental! Don't despair. Renting green in 2013 is not only doable, it's affordable! Here are three ways to start:
Less is More.
As Americans, we're pretty accustomed to a “bigger is better” mentality. From super-sizing our meals, to driving bigger and bigger vehicles we're taught that the more you have the better. But when it comes to selecting homes for rent in Glendale AZ, less is more! Whether your next move is an apartment or a house keep the multi-bedroom selections to a minimum. The smaller your home, the better it is for the environment and the easier it is to keep it all running. Need furniture to fill up your place? Why waste resources to buy new when you can reuse? Second-hand stores, yard sales, and hand-me-downs are a cost effective and trendy way to decorate your space and make it your own.
Location, Location, Location.
It sounds cliché, but location is still just as important when selecting homes for rent in Peoria AZ as it is for purchasing one. Making the switch to sustainable living is easier when your location is ace. Rentals with a recycling bin or quick access to a recycling area means you're more likely to save those plastic bottles and cans rather than contributing to landfills. Also, rentals with a garden are a great reason to get your hands on a compost bin or start a compost heap. It might sound gross to keep old food around, but composting kitchen waste greatly reduces the energy for transportation and the land needed for landfills. In addition, selecting a Peoria, AZ rental near mass transit or within walking distance to the places you most frequent, such as work or the grocery store, means less driving and more walking or bike riding. Your gas tank and wallet will thank you for that one!
Renters are often afraid to make ecological changes to a property they don't own. But don't be afraid to talk with your landlord about the direction you'd like to go. A landlord should be willing to work with you to make your Goodyear AZ rental as pleasant as possible. Fixing drafty windows and doors with weather stripping, fixing leaky toilets and faucets so as not to waste water, and improving poor heating and air conditions are a must. But if you have a landlord not willing to budge, don't be afraid to do the math to show them how energy efficient improvements can make and save them money too.
So there you have it; three easy ways to make the switch to green living in your rental. Yes, even as renters, you have the power to control your space and green up your place!