Â Citizens of the Sunshine State spend less per person on energy than any other state in the country â€“ about 20% less than the national average.Â Quote: US Dept of Energy
This recent quote from the US Department of Energy, along with the March announcement by Vice President Joe Biden that the Obama administration will invest over $302Million in weatherization and energy efficiency funding for Florida suggests that going â€œGreenâ€ is the clear and present future for real estate in Florida, nay, the country.
If you think about it, going Green will not only create a cleaner, more efficient home environment in which to enjoy our luxury Florida lifestyles, but will make us feel terrific about our living habits.Â In addition, the emerging businesses growing from the Green industry will create new, US-sourced jobs in the 21st century for savvy entrepreneurs with a vision towards the future.Â A clean future.Â A green future.Â An economically sound future.
Those of us in real estate can visit FloridaRealtors.org/learn to find practical, cash saving ways to go Green at the office.Â For clients wanting to incorporate Green changes into their homes, they can visit www.floridagreebuilding.org.Â Â Also visit the Department of Energy website, www.energy.gov, and type in your zip code to find Green-focused businesses in your area, tips for renovating or building new Green space, and the classifications and codes for building with Green materials.
We, our loved ones, our clients, and our neighbors will all benefit from introducing simple Green changes such as, unplugging unused appliances, switching to cost-effective, compact fluorescent light bulbs and/or low heat lights to protect artwork and fabrics, installing energy efficient appliances, impact resistant windows and doors which save on heating/cooling costs, or requesting that your builder use salvaged building materials or code-compliant Green materials.Â Small steps.Â Steps to which we can easily adjust.Â After all, Going Green is not a fad, it is making our future bright.Â