13. June 2013

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Going Green Is Not So Difficult After All

People, who are worried about the declining status of the earth, are constantly on the lookout for ways with which they can reduce the carbon footprint and the effect that they have on the environment. The main cause for the carbon footprint is the increasing dependence that one has on non-renewable sources of energy. However, to reduce this dependence there are a number of simple steps that one can take, such as driving a hybrid vehicle, using eco-friendly electric appliances and recycling and reusing, as much as possible. These steps are simple and have a great effect on the overall improvement of the condition of environment.

When it comes to home construction, there are also many ways with which you can benefit the environment. Many builders and homeowners are ready to spare no expense, when it comes to improving the look of their home. However, this can lead to wastage of a lot of materials. If builders begin to apply simple cost saving methods to their building technique, then a lot of benefits can be provided to the environment. These eco-friendly methods are simple to install and beneficial to use in the long run.

The heating of most homes is carried out by oil or gas. The past few years have seen a steady increase in the rate of such fuels and being non-renewable sources of energy, the price and need for such fuels can only increase in the near future. Shifting to alternative sources of energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal, can be a much better option. The good news is that such techniques need not be applied only by large corporations, but even small builders and homeowners can apply them and play their part in the protection of our planet.

Some of the reasons, why many people did not opt for such methods, were that people thought these eco-friendly systems to be very expensive and that they can only function in certain weather conditions. The truth is that these systems are only slightly expensive than their non eco-friendly counterparts and they tend to save you more money in the longer run with lesser electric bills. So, they provide individuals with longer term savings. Also, with the constant improvement in technology that we see around us every day, it is obvious that sooner or later cheaper alternatives will be discovered, which will make these systems affordable by everyone.

People, who have already built their own homes, might think that they do not have any option to make their homes greener. They need not worry, as already built homes can be remodeled in such a way that they can be added with extra features that will make them more eco-friendly. These days, people are getting more attracted to green innovations, as the options that are available to them are really good and also they are benefiting their environment. With better methods to save power available to us, we can do our part in saving the environment, without having to sacrifice too much at the same time.

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13. June 2013

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Needs For Rain Water Harvesting In Luxury Villas

Natural resources are precious at the same time scarce these days. For this reason, these days most people are laying a lot of stress on conservation. The best place to start this would be at home. Now, builders have realized this fact and home owners prefer going in for eco-friendly homes. This trend is especially prevalent when it comes to independent homes such as luxury villas. Since the world population is going up rapidly it has become all the more important to look at some or the other option like this. However, the best part about these homes is the fact that it would be cost saving at the same time it will help you save on your energy bills as well.

Eco-Friendly Option
Luxury villas that implement rain water harvesting serve to be an excellent option that can be taken up. At the same time you would no longer have to worry about running out of water since you will be more cautious. This is an eco-friendly option that you can take up at the same time you would no longer have to worry about it as well since it would be taken care of well. Besides that this option would help you save on your energy bills at the same time you will be making a valuable contribution to the environment. Therefore, this is a necessary option that you must take into consideration.

Another aspect that home owners needs to keep in mind is the fact that a few years down the line water scarcity could become a big problem. Therefore, investing in a home that has a facility where water can be conserved can help meet the needs of the population. Also, this way you will be able to manage your own resources, which would actually save you from a lot of headache in the future. In addition to that in the time to come the prices of these homes will rise. So, this is the ideal time for you to invest in this type of home.

Sustainable Technology
The best part about these luxury villas is the fact that they use sustainable technology. Once you take it up, you would no longer have to worry about it. Therefore, it is best to plan out this before the home is constructed otherwise it could become a tedious process and you would end up paying more than you would want to. So, it would be best to go in for a builder who is aware of these aspects so that this would be a hassle free process and in this way, you can get what you want. Most major housing projects have options for rainwater harvesting these days.

To sum it all up sustainable homes are the way to go these days. For this reason, it would be best that you go in for rain water harvesting. Therefore, you need to think about taking up luxury villas as it will serve to be the perfect option for you.


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13. June 2013

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St Lucia Real Estate Tips: 5 Ways for Green Living on the Caribbean Island

St Lucia’s rich biodiversity and natural beauty play a significant role in the island’s culture and economy. The island’s 2 major industries, tourism and agriculture, both depend on sustainable environmental practices. In 2004 the Pitons were inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to their outstanding beauty and unique ecology. Environmental awareness is therefore a crucial part of life in St Lucia. Every human interaction with nature leaves behind an indelible fingerprint. When building a home in St Lucia you should be vigilant to minimize the impact on the environment. Here are 5 easy ways in which you can do so.

Do not clear land indiscriminately. Before starting construction, consider how your home will impact the tree cover in the area. St Lucia is a heavily vegetated country. The prevalence and variety of trees is one of the things which makes the island unique. Save as many mature trees as possible. Incorporate existing foliage into the design and layout of your house. This ensures that the island remains green. Mature trees also add majesty and beauty, while keeping a property cool.

Use renewable energy. Sunlight and wind are two of St Lucia’s most abundant natural resources. It is now possible to have one’s home completely powered by solar panels and wind turbines. Whether you use wind, solar or a combination of the two depends on the location of your home. For instance, home sites on the island’s east coast have a constant Atlantic breeze, and are well placed to utilize wind power. While solar or wind power will increase your construction costs, it will eliminate utility bills in the future. In St Lucia, electricity is the most costly utility and the savings will add up in the long run. Renewable energy also reduces the burning of fossil fuel and helps to keep the air clean while reducing the island’s carbon footprint.

Harvest rain water. St Lucia has approximately 2000 mm of annual rainfall. Using drainage systems, it is easy to collect rainwater, which is stored in tanks or underground cisterns. This helps conserve the island’s public water supply. It also ensures that you have a backup if there are shortages after a hurricane.

Maximize natural ventilation to minimize cooling costs. In St Lucia, air conditioning units are major culprits when it comes to high energy usage. Keeping your house naturally cool will significantly reduce your consumption of electricity. High ceilings, large windows, insulated roofs and cross ventilation are just a few ways in which your house can be designed to remain cool. Many homes in St Lucia are located on elevated hillsides where there is a constant breeze. A well ventilated house can eliminate (or at least greatly reduce) the need for air conditioning. (Besides the practical benefits, high ceilings and large windows are great for admiring those amazing St Lucian vistas!)

Grow a kitchen garden. Gardens flourish in St Lucia’s rich, volcanic soil and tropical weather. It is common for backyards to be laden with tropical foods such as mangoes, guavas, dasheen or breadfruit. Eat your own organic, delicious fruit, vegetables and herbs grown right in your back yard! Once you’ve gotten your garden started it’s easy to maintain. The prevalence of backyard gardening helps ensure the island’s food security and preserves the indigenous foliage. The rewards are delicious and good for both you and the environment!

These are just a handful of ways to live a nature friendly lifestyle if you have decided to buy St Lucia real estate. The island is loved for its lush, green beauty. Everyone in the country must play their part to maintain this. Cautious real estate development can enhance rather than diminish the island’s natural environment. Energy efficiency is also a great investment as it will make your home more appealing to buyers should you ever decide to sell.

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13. June 2013

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As The Seasons Change at Playa Conchal

The rainy season has finally arrived at Playa Conchal on the Northern Pacific coast of Guanacaste. This is my favorite time of the year as the 6 month dry season leaves the terrain brown and lifeless. With the coming of the rains the landscape transforms into a lush tropical paradise once again.

Of course the rainy season also coincides with the low season for tourism here in the most popular tourist destination in the country, and while the quiet and the solitude are wonderful for those of us that do not rely on tourism, local businesses suffer in the month of May. This is more poignant because of the very disappointing 2013 tourism season this year. By many local estimates business is down almost forty percent, so the locals are really suffering. Of course there is a short spurt of business during the summer months as vacationers from Europe and North America make their way down to take advantage of low off season rates, but for the most part people in the tourism industry are hunkering down to survive the long tourism draught that will last until late November, hoping and praying for an economic comeback.

The white sand beaches of Playa Conchal are particularly transformed during the rainy season. The water from the mountains causes the mangroves to swell and thrive. Ultimately the water builds to the point where it can no longer be contained, and it must make its way to the sea. Giant gashes can form overnight and suddenly a cut in the beach forms 50 feet wide and ten feet deep swollen with whole trees making their way to the ocean. This is a truly magnificent site. The added result is that the beach becomes cut off from vehicle traffic and only the brave souls willing to traverse the swollen river on foot can make their way down to this beautiful beach.

So the area of Brasilito and Playa Conchal are returned once again by the rainy season to the native Costa Ricans who take advantage of the richness and bounty of the land. Costa Rica translates literally into “Rich Coast”, and the rainy season once again brings bounty to the Guanacaste coast. Swollen and releasing mangroves and rivers provide a constant outflow of nutrient rich waters to which marine life flocks for a yearly feast. The food chain is in evidence as life flows from microorganisms feeding in the rich water all the way up the chain ultimately bringing an abundance of fish to the tables of the natives.

All in all for a native from Cape Cod the changing of the seasons is something I always look forward to. The added benefit of the explosion of life after the first rains is quite exciting. You should visit.

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