Incorporating eco-friendly practices into your home is good for the environment and can enhance your living spaces — while reducing costs. Here are a few eco-friendly tips to try today!

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Conserve Water

Every drop counts when it comes to water conservation. Reducing your water use is a big step toward sustainability. Simple actions like turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or opting for shorter showers can drastically decrease your water consumption. Another tip: only run your dishwasher or washing machine when they’re full in order to maximize efficiency and minimize water waste.

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Recycling is crucial in reducing landfill waste and conserving natural resources. Start by learning about what materials can be recycled in your area and setting up a dedicated recycling bin in your home. You could also try creative recycling projects that repurpose old items into new treasures. Remember: reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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Ditch Single-use Plastics

Minimizing the use of single-use plastics greatly reduces environmental pollution. Invest in reusable products like water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. Many stores now support this initiative by offering bulk purchase options where you can refill your own containers with products like nuts, seeds, and cleaning agents. Our Foxlane homebuyers might want to check out The Refillery in Pittsburgh, Ray’s Reusables in Philadelphia, or Salt Provisions in Coastal Delaware.

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Buy Used

Opting for used items instead of new ones is an excellent way to reduce your environmental footprint. Thrift stores and online marketplaces are great sources for quality pre-owned goods ranging from clothes to electronics, helping you save money and perhaps find some unique treasures in the process.

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Use Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Switch to cleaning products that are made from natural ingredients to avoid releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. You can even make your own eco-friendly cleaners using household items such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda, which are effective and minimize waste.

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Use LED Lightbulbs

LED light bulbs are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs and have a longer lifespan, which means less frequent replacements and reduced energy consumption. They are an easy upgrade that can make a big difference in your home’s energy use.

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Buy Local

Supporting local producers not only reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting goods but also strengthens your local economy. Try to source everything from food to clothing locally whenever possible, benefiting both the planet and your community.

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Buy a New Home Instead of a Used One

New build homes are setting high standards in energy efficiency with EPC ratings often far surpassing older homes. New homes, like the ones offered by Foxlane, are well-equipped with advanced insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and water-conserving fixtures, which dramatically lower energy use and carbon footprints.

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Try These Eco-Friendly Tips in a New Foxlane Home

By implementing these eco-friendly tips, you can create a more sustainable home that contributes positively to the environment while also enriching your quality of life. Foxlane Homes is committed to building quality homes that meet all of today’s rigorous green standards in style. Schedule a tour at any of our communities throughout Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Coastal Delaware to find yours!