Green Living Tips for St. Patty’s Day

Green Living Tips for St. Patty’s Day

Posted 03/12/2018

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and it’s got us seeing and thinking green!

Truth be told, we don’t need a holiday to put us in a green mood. Maracay Homes provides homebuyers with the greenest living choices possible every day. We want the best for you and for the planet.

Our green-living journey began in 1998 with the creation of our own LivingSmart® program. We’ve been committed to the EPA’s Energy Star® program since 2010 and recently expanded our offerings to include LEED Certified® homes.

Our LEED Certified® homes (available in select neighborhoods) meet the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS specifications and feature water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, Energy Star® appliances, Wi-Fi enabled, programmable thermostats and much more. LEED® is the U.S. Green Building Council’s verification system that measures compliance across numerous areas of environmental sustainability. According to the USGBC, LEED® homes are designed to use 30 to 50 percent less energy than typical homes.

Joining the green-living movement is something everyone can do. Here are a few easy pointers:

  1. Invest in a personal water bottle: Each one-liter plastic bottle takes seven liters of water to produce. You can cut out this middle-man and get straight to the water source. Doing this for a year can save about 577 gallons of water!
  2. Clean out the lint bunnies: The average household spends up to $135 a year in energy costs from drying their clothes. Dirty lint filters use about 30 percent more energy than a regularly cleaned filter.
  3. Turn off the tap: The average faucet can release about three gallons of water a minute, so by shutting it off while brushing teeth, shaving, etc., you can conserve this precious resource. You’ll save money on water bills, too.
  4. Receive and pay bills electronically: Save trees by contacting your service providers about paying bills electronically. Most bills can be viewed online and oftentimes, these companies will discount customers a few dollars for opting to go paperless.
  5. Take a shorter shower: Just reducing a shower time by two minutes can save 10 gallons of water. The average shower in America uses about 17.2 gallons of water. That’s money and resources literally going down the drain.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day this year and that these tips help you protect the environment while keeping a little extra green in your wallet.