Going Green at Sherwood Oaks

At Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community, we take responsible energy use and the preservation of the environment very seriously. Going green not only helps the environment, but also can help lower energy costs and make you healthier in the process. Here are a few things that we do in order to reduce energy use and contribute to a healthier environment in the Pittsburgh area:
  • We have a recycling program, which includes recycled newspaper, plastic and glass
  • We also send used batteries and computer ink to be recycled
  • There are light sensors in our community center rooms to reduce chances that a light is left on
  • The porch light switches in independent residences are marked so residents won’t accidently leave their porch light on over night
  • Our maintenance department monitors water bills for unusual activity that could indicate an issue such as a leak
  • We’ve done LED lighting upgrades in the community center
And here are some very simple ways that our residents can take going green into their own hands:
  • Make sure that any appliances you might purchase are energy efficient with the energy star label
  • Use reusable cloth bags at the grocery store
  • Purchase a plastic or glass water bottle to refill instead of buying disposable water bottles
  • Pay any bills you may have online
  • If you’re not using an appliance, unplug it
  • Donate used items to thrift stores rather than throwing them out
  • Buy produce from local Pittsburgh growers (make a fun day trip to the Strip district!)
  • When running errands, carpool with a friend from Sherwood Oaks

Together, we truly believe that we and our residents can make a difference when it comes to going green!