Energy efficient, “green,” sustainable –– these are words we have all become familiar with, but how does it apply to Southwest Florida, Sanibel real estate, and just every day life in general?
When it comes to producing energy for your home, working with your surrounding natural resources has many benefits, including lowering your energy costs and reducing negative impacts on the environment we know and love.
Naturally, there’s no shortage of sun on Sanibel Island. Living in the sunshine state, we enjoy it’s benefits: vitamin D, the way it sparkles off the water, beautiful sunsets, and more. We also know it’s immense power, when enough is enough, and how to beat the heat. But do we know how to utilize and harness that power?
In Southwest Florida, there’s huge potential to side with the sun in the form of solar energy and sustainable gardening. Using solar panels and adorning your yard with Florida-friendly vegetation reduces the use of water, fossil fuels, and pesticides (as well as your monthly energy and water bills!).
Plants that are indigenous to the area know how to survive and flourish in the scorching heat, providing a unique and lively landscape all year round. Fortunately, whether you have a green thumb or not, R. S. Walsh Landscaping on Sanibel Island has been specializing in beautiful, sustainable landscape design for 32 years. Family owned and operated, the R. S. Walsh Landscaping team cultivates unique, personalized landscapes –– from tropical palms to citrus trees to budding bougainvilleas.
There are many other ways to be energy efficient at home. While new home construction provides many opportunities to be energy efficient –– such as south-facing windows and cool roofs –– you don’t don’t have to start from scratch. At any point homeowners can receive a home energy assessment, also called an energy audit, to “find out how the home uses energy and to determine the best ways to cut energy use and costs.”
Being in the Sanibel real estate market, homes are our thing. We love to chat about advancing technologies, appealing landscapes, timeless decor, and how our homes can benefit our lives and the lives around us.
If you’re interested in Sanibel real estate–whether you’re buying, selling, or just looking–contact one of our knowledgable Sanibel realtors, search our MLS for available properties, or get in touch with our office at 239-272-2411 for general inquiries. We’re also more than happy to help you find the Sanibel realtor that’s the right fit for you.
This article is provided by John R Wood Properties, a full service Sanibel Island real estate agency made of people who love where they live as much as what they do. With local knowledge and decades of combined experience, our Sanibel and Captiva Island realtors are passionate and dedicated to exceeding your real estate needs.
About the author: Nina Rogers is a writer, designer, and illustrator who grew up on Sanibel Island. As a Communications Content Manager for John R Wood Properties, Nina enjoys keeping people updated with the latest in local news and Sanibel real estate.