Maintaining a Sustainable Home Lifestyle

Maintaining a Sustainable Home Lifestyle

April 22, 2024

Embracing a sustainable lifestyle not only benefits the environment but also enhances the overall quality of life. At Kay Builders, we have been serving the Lehigh Valley since 1961, and promoting sustainable living practices in our new home communities is a top priority for us. We’d like to share some simple tips and benefits of making environmentally conscious choices to help create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Energy-Efficient Home Features

One of the easiest ways to embrace a sustainable lifestyle is by including energy-efficient features into a home, and your new Kay Builders home does just that. By incorporating LED (light-emitting diode) lights, you can significantly reduce your electricity consumption and your monthly utility bills. They generate less heat, have improved light quality, and have a longer lifespan compared to traditional lighting options, making them excellent for lighting your new home.

Another cornerstone of sustainable living is the use of energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star-certified appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines use less energy and water, making them more economical.

Resources for Sustainable Living in the Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley, PA, is rich with resources, services, and facilities that can help residents live more sustainably. Between recycling within your community, visiting local farmers markets for local goods, or participating in garden programs there are many ways to better the area through sustainable living. 

Recycling and Composting Services

Recycling services make it easy for residents to reduce waste, but also significantly contribute to the health of the environment. Many towns have curbside recycling programs, and there are several recycling drop-off centers located throughout Lehigh Valley. Helpful resources such as Lehigh Valley Alive provide detailed lists of what is commonly able to be recycled such as cans or bottles, as well as locations for more tricky items like computers, electronics, or even used holiday lights.

Composting is another excellent way to reduce household waste. Composting turns organic waste like fruit peels, vegetable scraps, and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil for gardens. Some local waste management companies even offer composting services, making it easier to divert waste from landfills.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are a fantastic resource for sustainable living. They provide a space for residents to grow their own food and foster a sense of community and connection to nature. The Lehigh Valley area has many community gardens where residents can rent a plot and start growing their organic fruits and vegetables. Garden plots of various sizes can be found at Monocacy Farm Project in Bethlehem, several locations through Lehigh County’s Community Garden Plot Program, and throughout many local boroughs. For those with a bit more experience cultivating, The Seed Farm in Emmaus provides a Farm Incubator program, offering land and resources for farmers looking to get a start growing.

Farmers Markets

The Lehigh Valley is also home to numerous farmers markets where you can buy fresh, locally grown produce, goods such as honeys or jams, and locally-made crafts. Purchasing from these markets supports local farmers and reduces the carbon footprint associated with shipping food long distances. Plus, they often grow food using sustainable farming practices. Discover Lehigh Valley has a comprehensive guide to the area’s best Farmers Markets for you to explore and support including those in Emmaus, Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem.

Welcoming Sustainability

By embracing a sustainable lifestyle, Lehigh Valley residents can improve their overall quality of life while benefiting the environment. As your local homebuilder, Kay Builders provides you not only with resources to contribute towards your community, but also the pathway to an eco-friendly way of life in your new home.

If you're interested in learning more about our new home communities, contact Kay Builders at (484) 353-6100 or visit our website. We're ready to build your dream home in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, Montgomery County, and surrounding areas.

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