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Dallas in top ten metro for green friendly apartments

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Dallas ranks number six of the top ten green-friendly apartments in metro areas. Data includes a combination of building characteristics including LEED Certification, energy-efficient windows, lighting, plumbing and drought-resistant landscaping. For more information and to see the full list which also includes Seattle, Austin and San Francisco, check out this article on Apartment Guide.

Although spring is almost here and the air is warming up in certain parts of the country, it is still very cold in others. Here are the Apartment Guide's winterizing tips to help you live more sustainably and save money now and in the future.

Lower it!

Don’t forget to turn down the heat on your thermostat when you leave your apartment! You will save money and energy, and who wants to pay money for something you aren’t using? According to Energy.gov – you can save up to 15% by simply turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours (that’s almost 1% for each degree).

Check it!

Check the weather stripping around the doors and windows in your apartment. If it looks worn, contact your property manager or superintendent. Also consider buying or making draft stoppers.

Insulate it!

To minimize heat loss, try using insulated curtains and heavy area rugs to keep heat in your apartment.

Caulk it!

Often plumbing areas leave gaping holes between the pipes and the wall leaking heat and wasting energy. Caulk and seal these or use pipe insulation.

Clean it!

Every winter, you should have your furnaces cleaned in addition to regularly changing your filters to maximize efficiency and even reduce the potential risk of fire.

Defrost it!

Prevent frost from forming on your windows by running a dehumidifier at night. Air will become less moist, which will keep the frost from forming on your windows. For a cheaper cleaning alternative for your windows, try using rubbing alcohol. You can also check out these Apartment Guide tips for ways to help your heater run efficiently.

Download it!

Download these apps on your phone to help you live a more green lifestyle. Whether you’re on the go or just relaxing in your home, these apps serve as great resources:

iRecycle – provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle plus the latest in green news and ideas to match your lifestyle

Goodguide – makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy and green products both in a store or on the go

FindGreen – helps you find local businesses and resources to live a sustainable lifestyle

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