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City of Irving Multifamily Green Neighbor Checklist
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Check the activities that apply to your "green" habits around your home and property. By checking off 20 or more items, a resident qualifies for Irving's Green Neighbor award.
Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in summer and 68 degrees or lower in winter.
Use fans to give your air conditioning a break.
Choose a partial or fully renewable energy plan.
Report drafts and poor insulation to your property manager.
Put up curtains to regulate your temperature.
Use reusable rags and towels instead of paper towels.
Use LED light bulbs throughout the home.
Go paperless by paying your bills online and subscribing to digital newspapers and magezines.
Have flow restrictors on shower heads.
Buy locally grown produce.
Talk to your apartment manager about switching to Energy Star kitchen and laundry appliances.
Operate laundry and dishwashing appliances only with full loads.
Operate laundry and dishwashing appliances only during nonpeak hours.
Reduce your water usage by taking short showers and turning off the sink when not in use.
Organize a litter clean-up event at your apartment or local park.
Use reusable food storage instead of plastic bags and cellophane wrap.
Use home cleaners with natural ingredients.
Place houseplants in your home to help purify the air.
Compost kitchen waste.
Limit new purchases and pay attention to the packaging of items bought
Grow your own herbs and/or vegetables.
Grow host plants on your patio/balcony, providing food for butterfly caterpillars.
Grow native and/or pollinator plants on your patio/balcony, providing nectar for insect and bird pollination.
Talk to your property manager about starting a recycling program.
Talk to your property manager about native and water-efficient landscaping.
Start a community garden or a green club.
Use a reusable water bottle.
Unplug electronic devices when not in use.
Reduce single-use items in your home (plastic cutlery, paper plates, plastic straws, etc.).
Recycle old clothes and towels into cleaning rags.
Give used items a new life by shopping at a thrift store.
Commute to work via car pool, public transportation, walking, or bicycling.
Usually walk or bicycle on trips of less than one half mile.
Normally drive an electric or hybrid vehicle.
Bundle vehicular shopping trips instead of making multiple single purpose shopping trips.
Recycle paper, plastic, metal, and glass and use reusable grocery bags.
Eat mostly a plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables and grains.
Donate no longer needed items to charity.
Regularly encourage others to adopt environmentally friendly practices.
Support a nonprofit that benefits the environment by volunteering and/or donating funds.
Adopt a new practice not included on this list.
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