Where you decide to live is often the most significant component of your environmental impact. If you’re relocating to the New Haven area, choosing an environmentally friendly home is a great way to create a more sustainable lifestyle. Below you’ll find factors to consider when searching for housing, as well as tips for moving in. Additionally, if you’re considering moving to New Haven proper, be sure to explore the New Haven Homebuyer Program, which will support between $30,000 and $35,000 of your home purchase in eligible neighborhoods, and will place you a very short commute away from your office!

As you search for housing, consider the following sustainable features:

  • Located near a bus or shuttle stop
  • Within walking/biking distance of groceries and convenience stores
  • Within walking/biking distance of your primary work location/downtown
  • Double-paned windows
  • Well-insulated building shell
  • Carefully sealed air ducts
  • Tankless or high efficiency water heater
  • Gas heating
  • Efficient appliances (refrigerator, microwave, washer, dryer)
  • Digital, programmable thermostat
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • No- or low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint

Do you live on campus?

  • Buy used at thrift stores or through Craigslist. You can also use Craigslist to find tag sales around New Haven.
  • Buy appliances with the Energy Star label, which use much less energy.
  • Purchase a laptop instead of a desktop computer. Laptops use much less energy than desktops.
  • Coordinate with your roommates so you don’t buy unnecessary furniture, appliances, or lights.
  • Buy compact fluorescent bulbs, which consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. You might be able to use the same fluorescent bulb for your entire stay at Yale!
  • Leave your laundry detergent at home. Most Yale machines add the soap for you.
  • Buy used clothes and other stuff at thrift stores or through Craigslist. You can also use Craigslist to find tag sales around New Haven.
  • Donate to the Spring Salvage during move-out.