Tips for 'greening' up your rental


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From solar panels and reclaimed wood floors to recycled tile and low-emissivity windows, homeowners have plenty of options these days when it comes to green design. But what about renters? If you rent your apartment (or if you own or manage a rental), some of the larger-scale changes may not be an option, but there are still adjustments you can make on your own (or with your landlord’s permission) that will reduce your energy needs, save you money, and make for a healthier home and planet.

Check if your utility company offers a "green power" option. Some cities are now offering renewable energy. If it is available in your area, it would mean that part or all of your electricity could be purchased from wind farms and other renewable sources.