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Resident Green Guide


CSI Support & Development and your co-op are both committed to a greener planet. We encourage you to follow basic tips that will help us be as green as we can be.

Energy efficiency:

  • Turn off your lights when not in your apartment.
  • Keep your blinds closed during hot, sunny days to keep your apartment cooler. Never open the windows while the air or heat is on.
  • Turn your air conditioning off if you are not in your apartment for a day or more.
  • Turn down the heat; every degree you dial down saves energy.
  • Set your computer’s energy savings. Turn it off and unplug it when not in use.
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) should replace incandescent and halogen bulbs. They last 10 times longer and use ¼ the energy and produce 90% less heat.

Water efficiency:

  • Report leaky faucets and running toilets immediately to your floor rep or the main office.
  • Remove and rinse the aerators on your faucets periodically to remove any collected sediment.
  • Shorten your shower by one minute; turn the water off while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • While you wait for the hot water, capture tap water in a watering can to use for houseplants.

Resource efficiency:

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Reduce e-waste (electronics) and dispose of properly.
  • Use reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic.
  • Purchase local products.
  • Purchase recycled products.

Site sustainability:

  • Carpool or use public transportation when you can. Attend some meetings through the web or via teleconference instead of traveling.

Indoor air quality:

  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your apartment.
  • Report leaks, wet carpet or walls.
  • Report pest issues immediately.
  • If water must be remediated with drying equipment in your apartment due to a disaster, do not turn the equipment off and do not open your windows or door. This will interfere with the dry-out process.
  • Use green products and methods to keep your apartment clean. Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaning agent for many household chores.

What else can you do?

  • Educate yourself on how to be green.
  • Volunteer to be on the co-op’s green committee.

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