I always try to "think green" when it comes to real estate and our Sanibel paradise. I attended the National Association of Realtors meeting as I wanted to learn as much as I could concerning the latest ways to build, retrofit and landscape on Sanibel My goal is to pass this knowledge on to Sanibel residents and future residents so you can make the best decisions relating to living "Green" in our island homes.
Just about everybody agrees that "Going Green" is a great idea, but the information you need is vast and spread out, making it hard to find the best information as it relates to your area and particular situation. Some want to build their new home as energy efficient as possible, but most want to retrofit their current home to fit a greener lifestyle and save money on their utilities. Others who are planning to sell their home realize that "Greening" makes a home more salable in today's competitive real estate market.
If you Click Here you will see a short video explaining why we have to do everything we can to reduce our pollution footprint. I hate to say the video is fun, but it takes a tough situation and puts it into perspective in a lighthearted way.
There is also an interesting article in USA Today (online) that talks about Green pre-fab housing. Although Sanibel creates more challenges to building (Piling homes, hurricane codes) this article still increases your knowledge base of things to do to help build or retrofit Green.
Through the categories in the links to the right, I will continue to add more links and general information to make it easier for you to decide what you can do and how you can do it. Whether it's as easy as installing low-flow toilets or a larger project, such as solar heating your pool, I want you to be able to find the information you need.