Savvy homeowners are going green in Philly to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. New real estate properties reflect that trend by opting for eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient appliances, and smart technology to promote conservation of resources. The good news is that you don’t have to overhaul your property or retrofit your home to jump on this bandwagon. Mr. Philly Real Estate recommends these four simple ways you can do your part to help the environment while saving yourself some green.
- Remember the three R’s.
You’ve heard it before, but it still rings true…reduce, reuse, and recycle. This tried-and-true strategy for helping the environment costs you virtually nothing but can make a big difference in the amount of waste you create. Here are some of the easiest place you can start living by the R’s:
- Forego bottled water; tote your own tap water in a reusable insulated bottle
- Stash reusable bags for any trip to the store to reduce your reliance on plastic bags
- Unplug your appliances and electronics when not in use or invest in power strips that you can turn off
- Check out Philacycle, the city’s recycling program working towards an impressive goal of zero waste
- Take the next step.
Living in Philly neighborhoods means you have access to the sixth largest public transportation systems in the country. Hit the pavement by walking to your destination or rely on SEPTA to get you where you want to go. Indego, Philly’s bikeshare option, is another easy way to get around without harming the environment.
- Go for the green.
Spruce up your yard and do your part for the environment by planting a tree. Tree Philly has got your back for this one; they will give you a free tree during planting season to green up your living space as well as the city. When it comes time to water your new tree, you can reuse your rainwater instead of wasting treated water and upping your utility bill. The Rain Check program can show you how.
- Eat a rainbow.
Did you know that eating veggies is better for the environment than consuming meat? You can support local farms or join one of the many co-ops in the area for the freshest of produce. Reducing your meat intake and relying on plant-based nutrition can make you and the planet a little healthier. Find out more by looking into Philadelphia’s CSA guide online.
Don’t limit yourself to just these money-saving suggestions for going green. Philly has plenty of other programs that are good for your budget and the planet. Mr. Philly Real Estate can also help you with real estate that fits your ecofriendly lifestyle. Contact us to see what’s new on the market.