What does it mean to be eco-friendly? The typical answer is to preserve and protect the environment and its resources. From cutting back on water usage to repurposing products you no longer use, being eco-friendly is a lifestyle choice you can feel good about.
 
Eco-friendly intentions start in the home, where even minor actions can move mountains. While there are several things you can do to make your home environmentally sound, homes built by Shea Homes® include a number of energy-saving features such as learning thermostats, water-saving fixtures, and solar panels that make it as easy to be earth-friendly. Keep reading below for more ways you can become one of Earth’s greatest protectors from the comfort of your home.

Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
 
This trio is one of the easiest things you can do for the planet. These are some of our favorite tips to incorporate these actions into your everyday life:

  • Compost your kitchen and yard waste. Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits. Do some research online to see if composting is right for you!

  • Repurpose things you no longer need. For example, you can quickly turn that old t-shirt into cleaning rags and that pasta sauce jar into the perfect leftovers container!

  • Use reusable bags when shopping. Don’t forget to bring your bags when shopping at the grocery store or your local farmers' market.

  • Go paperless in the kitchen. Skip the paper towels and opt for sustainable and reusable cloths to clean up your messes. 

Home Thermostat

Monitor Your Energy Use
 
Are you using unnecessary power? When was the last time you used that random lamp in the spare bedroom? Unplug anything not being used to preserve energy! Shea Homes offer a suite of included and optional SheaConnect™ smart home features that can monitor your home's energy usage. For example, the Solar Panel Inverter  can be programmed based on whether someone is home, saving on energy costs while maintaining a comfortable environment.

Orchard Trails Plan 3 Model Great Room

Add Plants To Your Home
 
There’s plant-y of room to add new life to your home, and our green friends' incredible benefits make it all worthwhile. Plants are great for your home décor, and they also improve air quality by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. For example, a windowsill herb garden adds fun to your home decor, fresh flavors to your food, and enhances the air circulating in and out of your home.
 
Consider A Water Purification System
 
It’s important to hydrate and keep the planet’s well-being in mind. Plastic water bottles can produce a larger amount of waste. However, adding a water purification system into your home is a great substitute. Shea Homes offer a great selection of optional water purifying products. Purchasing filtration pitchers for your home is another opportunity, too! 
 
Want to learn more information about Shea Homes' eco-friendly features? Check out our efficient homes selling throughout Northern California, where SheaConnect™ can make the transition to living an environmentally-conscious lifestyle a breeze.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                      
Sales: Shea Homes Marketing Company (CalDRE #01378646); Construction: Shea Homes Limited Partnership (CSLB #855368). Equal Housing Opportunity.

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