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Living Green at CityCenterDC - The Apartments at CityCenter

Sustainable living is no passing trend. Taking steps (even small ones) to reduce your carbon footprint and share in the preservation of our planet is the new standard. Fortunately, The Apartments at CityCenter is already a green-friendly facility, but there are always a few things you can do to make your new home even greener! Here are some of our top tips for going green at home.

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  1. Energy saving light bulbs are a must! The use of just one of these prevents the emission of 400 lbs. of greenhouse gases each year.
  2. Recycle – this is especially easy to accomplish with The Apartments at CityCenter’s recycling program.
  3. Reduce your consumption of bottled water by attaching a filter to your sink at home and buy a reusable water bottle. This will drastically cut down on plastic waste, which often ends up in the ocean.
  4. Dispose of your batteries properly. Batteries can contain harsh metals that wreak all sorts of havoc on the environment. Companies like Whole Foods (the nearest location is on P Street) and Ikea will take back your batteries and recycle them. Rechargeable batteries are also a great option. (There will actually be a battery collection bin right in the waste/recycle room on each floor in the buildings)
  5. Adjust your air conditioner when you leave the house for long periods of time and keep your thermostat at a moderate level. 75 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimum low temperature for staying green.
  6. Take note of the products you use to clean your new home. Make sure they are environment friendly and free of any harsh toxins.
  7. Opt for bamboo wood flooring instead of regular hardwood. The Apartments at CityCenter already have you covered on that one. Bamboo replenishes at a rate of 5-6 years compared to the 50-100 years of other woods.
  8. Purchase reusable bags instead of plastic ones. The District has already implemented a plastic bag charge and reusable bag discount to get you in the habit.

This list is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what you can do to make your home a greener space. Check out EPA.gov website for more information!

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