Switch to a Sustainable Lifestyle in 2022
From the food you eat to the car you drive, everything you do in your day-to-day life has an impact on the Earth. We all know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprints to protect the environment, and this starts by shifting to a sustainable lifestyle.
Small changes you make today make a difference for the world tomorrow. Check out Whisper Valley’s tips for leading a sustainable lifestyle in 2022.
By using less energy, you can help to reduce carbon emissions. There are a number of ways you can save energy at home, including switching off standby appliances, turning your heating down and hanging clothes to dry instead of using a drier.
Check out more tips for practicing good energy behavior.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Single-use products and plastic waste end up in landfills, oceans and other natural environments. It’s easier than ever to switch to eco-friendly alternatives. See more of our tips for reducing plastic waste!
Additionally, try to reuse products as many times as possible before binning them to reduce waste.
Recycling is an important part of leading a sustainable lifestyle. Check your city recycling program’s website to ensure you are only putting accepted items in your recycling bin.
Opt out of paper bank statements, bills and receipts by choosing digital delivery options when possible. Use cloud-based document storage for important files rather than printing and storing hard copies.
Buy Seasonal, Local Produce
Out-of-season fruits and vegetables must be imported from farms across the globe, polluting our planet in the process. Research fruits and vegetables that are in season and head to a local farmer’s market to reduce your environmental impact.
Whisper Valley is proud to grow organic produce in our own community gardens. Our farm manager grows a wide variety of crops year-round so Whisper Valley homeowners can enjoy fresh produce grown right here at home.
Search eco-friendly cleaning products and avoid products with chemicals that can harm the environment. Fill a sustainable storage bin with rags, baking soda and vinegar, old cloths for dusting and your other favorite green products.
Fair Trade and Sustainable Clothing
The fashion industry is currently responsible for more annual carbon emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined, according to the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. You can stop the fast fashion cycle by buying clothes from vintage and resale shops or sustainable clothing brands.
Another tip for buying clothing and products is to be on the lookout for the “Fairtrade certified” mark on packaging you buy. This means the product is manufactured by a company committed to sustainable production.
Spending more time outdoors means less energy consumption in the home, which is also good for your health and your wallet.
Hit the beautiful trails in Whisper Valley, bring your pup to the dog park or explore the nearby Walter E. Long Park. Whisper Valley also features a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Switch to Renewable Energy
Make 2022 the year you switch to renewable energy sources! Whether you invest in an electric vehicle or make your move to a net-zero capable home in Whisper Valley, renewable energy helps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions you produce.
Make Your Move
There are so many small changes you can make to lead a more sustainable lifestyle in 2022, but one of the biggest impacts you can make in your lifetime is the home you choose to live in.
Whisper Valley homes are powered by geothermal and solar energy, which makes it possible for your home to generate as much power as it uses depending on good energy behavior. Our homes are also among the most energy efficient new homes on the market today, achieving average HERS energy scores of 16-25.
Over 30 years, one EcoSmart home in Whisper Valley will save the equivalent of 45.8 passenger vehicles driven for one year, over 27 million smartphones charged, 23,868 gallons of gasoline consumed and more than 233,718 pounds of coal burned.