With the aircon blasting everywhere in Hong Kong, the city itself may not seem to care much for the environment, but you can help save the earth by making small changes with your personal space. A lot of people have the misconception that it costs a lot of money to be environmentally friendly, but there are simple methods to “greenify” your home and help you save money in the long run. Here are the baby steps on how to go green in your apartment!

Practice the art of recycling

Sometimes a small change in your lifestyle can make a big difference for the environment – try sorting out your garbage at home into plastic, waste paper and metal. Even if your apartment complex doesn’t provide recycling bins, you can easily find them on the streets within walking distance in your neighbourhood. Your participation in recycling can help to reduce landfill, energy consumption and air pollution in Hong Kong.

Change your lightbulbs

Did you know that Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLS) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb? Since CFL lightbulbs use less energy, this makes them last longer and in turn helps you save money. You won’t notice the difference from the beginning, but check your electricity bill after a month and witness the great reduction in costs!

Buy a house plant

As plants act as nature’s air filters, they can help absorb toxic air particles and improve the air quality at home. Other than reducing carbon dioxide levels, plants can reduce blood pressure, headaches and colds. By having a mini home project to care for, this can also help to improve the mental health of an individual.

Use organic cleaning products

You may be used to the smell of cleanliness produced by chemicals from standard cleaning products, but organic cleaning products do the same trick without damaging your health or the environment. Although organic cleaning products are a little more expensive than standard ones, this will help to reduce medical costs when you develop health problems from inhaling toxic cleaning products. If you prefer to cut costs in the short term, try using baking soda and white vinegar as an all-natural multipurpose cleaner at home.