Live a Greener Lifestyle with these 3 Easy Tips

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Living in a condominium has numerous advantages, minimal maintenance for one, but condo living also has a smaller environmental impact than residing in a single family home.  It takes less resources to build , and because a condo unit is typically surrounded by other units on three sides, it takes less energy (and money) to heat and cool than a single family home. Getting started with a green lifestyle is daunting for some people. The inertial barrier to getting started holds them back. There is no reason for this to be the case. You can start going green today and begin to enjoy the benefits of a green lifestyle immediately.

Start with one thing. Don't choose something too ambitious at the outset. Make sure that you take that one first step toward a greener lifestyle and stick with it. Stay focused and see it through to implementation. When that first green step becomes a habit, then and only then, add a new one. Here are three simple ideas for getting started.

1. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room, and make sure to remind others to do the same. This is an easy way to train yourself to conserve electricity.

2. Turn off the sink faucet while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. The water does not need to run continuously, and you will save a surprising amount of fresh water from just this one simple step over the course of a year.

3. Recycle plastic, cans, and paper at home. If you don't have separate bins for these already, create your own. You may be surprised at how much can be recycled and how big a reduction you can make in your trash that goes to the landfill.

Make one of these a habit first. Then, start on a second, then a third. You will be reducing waste, saving energy and water, and creating a greener lifestyle at home.