Sustainable living

Sustainable living means that what we do and how we live today should not leave our children unable to achieve a similar quality of life tomorrow. 

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Homeowners can also play an important part in terms of sustainability and we hope that this page will give you some ideas.

Most people think about sustainability in terms of the environment, but this is only one third of the sustainability story. We can think of sustainability as a three legged stool with the legs represented by the environment, the economy and society. 

As with the stool, the three legs of sustainability must be balanced and considered equally to function properly. Only then will the communities we develop be truly sustainable.

Economic sustainability

We all want to live somewhere with a thriving local economy, where there are jobs, prosperity and good local facilities. Did you know that each house we build creates an estimated 1.5 jobs in construction plus others in manufacturing?

All of us can play a part in improving our local economy. Here are some ways in which you can help:Family at a cafe

  • Support your local shops and local businesses, particularly those in your immediate community
  • Make the most of the local services from public transport to doctor’s surgeries so they stay viable
  • Try to buy at least some local food to support nearby farmers and producers
  • If you are in business, then do business locally wherever you can

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Environmental sustainability

Everyone has an ecological ‘footprint’, a measurable impact on our planet. The good news is that we build highly energy efficient homes, which reduces the amount of energy that you will need for heating and lighting. This in turn reduces carbon emissions in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.

There are many ways you could reduce your energy use and your energy bills, for example:Taylor Wimpey_HO_Lifestyle lo res-0128

  • How about turning the heating thermostat down one degree? – you could always put on a jumper
  • When you leave a room, why not get in the habit of turning the lights off?
  • It costs money and uses energy to leave appliances on standby or charge them for longer than necessary
  • Save money by only boiling the water you need in a kettle and putting lids on pans when you cook
  • Hanging clothes up to dry rather than tumble drying is free and much better for the environment

We only use water efficient fittings and appliances to help conserve precious water resources and save you money.

There are lots of ways you could save water too, such as choosing a quick shower over a deep bath and turning the tap off while you brush your teeth.

Plus, get creative in the garden and have fun providing much needed wildlife habitat or growing your own herbs, fruit and vegetables. The Royal Horticultural Society has lots of advice on edible and wildlife friendly gardening, composting and introducing water butts and other water saving ideas, so take a look at their website.

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Reduce, re-use, recycle

Having a comprehensive waste and resources strategy for our business helps us to minimise our environmental impact and save a lot of money. The same principles apply just as well in the home.

Reduce first because this has the biggest effect. You could try buying eco friendly products that have less of an impact and why not cut down on buying things you don’t need? For example, do you throw away unused food? Are there things that you don’t need often that you could rent or borrow or share with friends and family?
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Next look at what you can re-use. You could consider buying second hand and selling, donating or giving away things that you no longer want. How about buying items that are designed to be re-used like shopping bags and water bottles? Why not get crafty and try to make do and mend?

Finally, please recycle what you can and do support your local authority recycling scheme. Plus, you could compost your food and garden waste and use it to improve your flowerbeds for free.

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Social sustainability

We strive to create communities as well as build homes. We are committed to working with local people, community groups and local authorities whilst we progress our schemes through the planning process.

Group of friends enjoying a drinkA community is made up of the people who live in it and the relationships between them. Research shows that having strong social networks and helping others actually boosts our own happiness levels. 

Which is a great reason to get involved in creating a vibrant local community. This is one area where residents’ actions really do make all the difference.

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How can you help?

Get healthy. Leave the car at home and cycle or walk instead. You will save money, reduce pollution and stay fit at the same time. While you are at it, why not kick a football in the park? It’s a cheap and healthy way to have some fun.

  • Taylor Wimpey _HO_Lifestyle lo res-0079Get to know your neighbours – make some new friends and support each other
  • Help local charities and groups by volunteering or fundraising 
  • Set up or join your local residents’ association or community development trust
  • Make the most of the local community shops, businesses and facilities

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