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Celebrate Earth Day 2012 by Going Green

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, 2012.  And what better way is there for us to show our appreciation then by getting our Northwest Florida homes in “green” working order?

Not all “green” installations are practical, much less affordable.  Things like solar panels and geothermal systems take a lot of work, and usually a pretty deep pocket.  For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of practical ways Northwest Florida homeowners can go “green.”

Update Your Light Bulbs

I don’t think it gets much easier than this.  Compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) and LED’s conserve energy and save money.  If you haven’t already made this simple switch, you will need to within the next year.  Under the CLEAN Energy Act, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs began being phased out in January 2012.  Next on the list are 70-watt bulbs, then 60-watt bulbs…you get the picture.

Energy Star Products

Energy efficient appliances save money, electricity, and water which reduces your household’s total greenhouse emissions.  Many products offer tax rebates as well.  Next time you’re out shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy Star label on anything you buy.

Reuse Your Rain Water

So here’s an idea:  instead of letting all that rain water run off your gutters and into a big mud puddle on the ground, install an affordable rain barrel.  This will catch and store water from your gutters so you can use it later to water your lawn, garden, etc.  Conserve, conserve!


If you like the idea of reusing your rain water, you’ll probably be a fan of this one as well:  Greywater Recycling.  Greywater is water that comes from your sink and laundry, but is not contaminated by waste.  By installing a greywater recycling system, you can take the water from your morning shower and have it filtered for use in your toilet or lawn.  Talk about saving a lot of water!

Make sure you check the Veach View Blog frequently to get more energy (and money) saving tips.  And as always, if you or anyone you know is interested in buying a home in Northwest Florida, or selling a home in Northwest Florida, contact Kerry Veach online or by calling 1.800.879.0309. With over 1,000 closings, 20+ years of experience and a full-time real estate team, it’s no surprise that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.



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