LARAMAR: Changing the world one apartment home at a time.
At Laramar, we understand the critical importance of doing our part, and we know that environmental responsibility is a value our community members share. That’s why we’ve formed the “Laramar Green Team” to explore ways our properties can be environmentally smarter. Living at a Laramar property makes it easy to get involved in protecting our precious natural resources, because living at one of our communities automatically makes you part of our green initiatives.
Simple Tips for Living Greener
•Swap out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. CFs use about 66% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
•Recycle whenever possible. Recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy required to run a TV for three hours.
•Say no to junk mail- 100 million trees’ worth are sent out each year. Visit www.proquo.com to opt out of the Direct Marketing Association’s member mailings.
•Turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter (and two degrees up in the summer). You’ll prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere this year.
•Take reusable tote bags when you go shopping – you could keep up to 1,500 bags per year out of landfills.
•When you go out for coffee, bring a reusable insulated mug.
•Walk or bike wherever possible. The earth and your body will thank you. If it’s too far to walk, take public transportation. If you must drive, consider a hybrid or energy-efficient vehicle.
•Visit farmers’ markets and other sources for local produce to cut down on negative effects of long-distance food transportation.
•Turn off your PC at night. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer and cut 75% of your electrical use.
•Switch to cold-water washing and save 80% on laundry energy.
The Impact we make upon the earth is often called our “carbon footprint”. How large is yours- and what can you do to reduce it? To determine your footprint, visit www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx.
Nobody can completely eliminate our impact on the environment. But with a few simple life changes, we can all do better.