One of the qualities that sets Taylor Morrison apart is our commitment to energy efficiency and the environment, as exemplified in the ele3ments™ program. And we understand that our homebuyers have the same concerns. There are many ways to help save energy and promote sustainability every day.
- While conventional wisdom tells us turning off lights will cut down on electricity usage and costs, it really depends on what kind of light bulbs you’re using. Generally, it makes most sense to turn incandescent and halogen light bulbs off when you don’t need them. Fluorescent lights, however, last longer if they aren’t turned on and off frequently, while LED lighting saves energy and lasts longer no matter how often they’re switched off or on.
- People who own Northern or Southern California homes have been experiencing record lows in rainfall, and so need to save on water use. Save by collecting used water for watering houseplants. Rinse food in a pan instead of using running water. Take 5-minut showers instead of 10-minute showers. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or lathering up your hands. Find more tips on saveourwater.com
- Whenever possible use Energy Star certified products. This can save you money and energy use, especially if you own a home in Phoenix or another area with extremes in hot or cold weather. Energy Star products include appliances, building materials, electronics, HVAC systems, lighting and more. While Taylor Morrison uses highly efficient systems, see what other Energy Star products are available.
- Be kind to the environment by planting indigenous plants. Native plants are more efficient because they’re already adapted to the region you live in. To find out what plants are native in your area, see Top 10 Native Plants by Region.
- Yes, even air fresheners can make a difference. Go with green alternatives that are cost effective, use ingredients you can often find in your pantry, and smell great. These Top 12 Green DIY Air Fresheners range from things you’d expect like aromatherapy, potpourri and soy scented candles to more surprising options such as coffee, vinegar and particular houseplants.