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Seven great “Green Ideas” That will save energy, money and make for a healthier living environment.

1. Buy a programmable thermostat and reduce your energy consumption by planning your energy needs.

2. Avoid buying plastic bottled water. Try to reuse everything, especially plastics…and recycle.

3. Reduce your water use. Make sure you have low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

4. Buy locally made products and locally produced services. Healthy food, environment and economy.

5. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. By using energy-efficient light bulbs you will save energy and money.

6. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

7. Recycle your newspapers, plastics and other items that your local waste pick-up will take.

If you’re looking for a green certified home in Lakewood Ranch Florida, Sarasota Florida or Bradenton Florida, let our Green Certified team member help you! Randy Huartson has made it a point to understand the ins and outs of Green-Certified Communities and Homes in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota Florida. He can be reached by email or phone 941-586-9635. You can also visit the Jim Soda Group web-site to start your own home search!

 Join the Green Realtors Alliance of Sarasota for their second annual Green Homes Expo March 27, 2009. The expo with be held at the Chelsea Center (2506 Gulf Gate Drive) from 2-7 PM in Sarasota, FL. Service and Product Exhibitors as well as Industry Experts will be discussing the importance of living in an eco-friendly community and the direct benefits to today’s home owners and home buyers. So whether you are interested in sustainable living, saving money on energy or simply living in a healthier environment at home, the Green Expo promises to educate us on exciting ways to GREEN UP our homes and the community we live in. Exhibitors and discussion topics are as follows:

  Indoor air and water quality

 Green home construction

 Solar products

 Water conservation techniques

 Florida-friendly landscaping

 Green home cleaning products

 Natural pest control

 Energy efficient products

 Energy efficient mortgages

This event will showcase the best GREEN ideas and products available to our community. Come and enjoy this must see event. Please give Jim Soda Group’s Randy Huartson a call at #941.586.9635 if you have any questions.

Are you are looking to buy or sell a home in Lakewood Ranch? Whether your a first timer or experienced investor, working with the Jim Soda Group can leverage area knowledge here in Lakewood Ranch. It doesn’t matter if the market favors buyers or sellers.  The right agent will help you secure the best deal.  We pride ourselves on being knowledgable real estate consultants in the Lakewood Ranch area and vicinity:  

 

  • Local Market Homes Inventory and Activity
  • Preparing and Marketing Homes Effectively
  • Partnering with Excellent Vendors and Service Providers
  • Knowing the Area (Schools, Places of Worship, Where to Shop, Transportation, etc.)
  • Proper Pricing
  • Contract Preparation and Presentation

When you’re ready to buy or sell property, I am ready to help.  Please contact me or any of the Jim Soda Group to discuss a marketing or home buying plan for you! Give Us a call.

 

JOIN US, The Jim Soda Group of Prudential Palms Realty, and our community in celebrating the 4th annual e fest celebration November 15th & 16th at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch.  Doors open at 9:30 AM each day.  Come and be GREEN!!!

E fest is a wildly popular Green-n-Healthy event showcasing Florida’s ability to live GREEN.  Sprinkle art and music to this e-celebration and together we’ll create a fantastic event!  This year the Jim Soda Group will be joining forces with Devin Rustowski, one of the areas best known and respected GREEN Builders. Bungalow Builders booth will showcase the current Green building advantages and what new technologies are coming in the future.  Stop by to discuss green homes, green building techniques and sign up for our raffle to win one of several prizes.  Go GREEN…Go E fest!!!

Five Tips for Going Green

September 10, 2008

Eco-friendly. Carbon footprint. Global warming. Energy-efficient. These catch phrases have become part of our society as we have become more aware of our impact on the environment and our role in protecting it. As a homeowner, there are some simple, inexpensive steps you can take to make your home energy-efficient. Get started on the road to going green with these five tips:

1. Change Your Light Bulbs

By replacing just five incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, you can save $100 per year on electric bills while using up to 75 percent less energy and removing greenhouse gases from the environment.

2. Buy ENERGY STAR® Appliances

ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, such as refrigerators, washers and air conditioners, meet a higher level of energy efficiency set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy than standard models. According to ENERGY STAR, if just one in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, the impact could be compared to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees. And, switching to these appliances is not only good for the environment, but easy on your pocketbook. Although these appliances may costs more, you can reduce your energy bill by $80 per year.

3. Seal Up

Cracks and air leaks represent cash seeping from your doors and windows. Get rid of air leaks in doors, windows and other areas by caulking gaps and cracks. This will help decrease your heating and air conditioning bill. But make sure you use silicone sealants. Acrylic caulk tends to shrink, while silicone sealants are waterproof and wont shrink or crack, creating less waste.

4. Use Less Water

Did you know that roughly 60 percent of a home’s water consumption takes place in the bathroom, according to the California Urban Water Conservation Council? The largest culprit is the toilet, which accounts for 27 percent of your household supply every year. By installing low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucets, you can save thousands of gallons of water each year. In addition, replace leaky fixtures. That slow-dripping faucet can waste as much as 2,400 gallons of water per year.

5. Adjust the Thermostat

When adjusting your homes thermostat, the rule of thumb should be: turn up the dial in the summer and down in the winter. Lowering the temperature by just one degree will reduce your electrical costs. And if you use a programmable thermostat, you can program your air-conditioning and heating systems to reduce output while no one is at home or at night while you sleep. Ceiling fans are also helpful in circulating the air to keep the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Going green doesn’t have to be overwhelming or costly.  By making just a few small changes within your home, you can help decrease energy consumption and help make the world a greener place.

Lakewood Ranch is ready to turn on the electric switch as more residents buy green autos.

Lakewood Ranch claims to be the largest green community in the country, and now it has another gem of an idea…with GEM cars, or Global Electric Motorcars.

There are a growing number of GEM car drivers in Lakewood Ranch, so the Ranch wants to accommodate them by making the community electric car-friendly.  

They’re road safe and street legal, and the Ranch will soon assign parking spaces as GEM car only and install plug-in stations for residents to get a charge.  But the Ranch won’t have to change its speed limit, since the GEM car goes about 35 mph and the speed limit throughout Lakewood Ranch is that or slower.  “It really can be planned so that you can get to all the intricate places,” says Lakewood Ranch’s Sondra Guffey. 

Lakewood Ranch officials are hoping more and more residents will get on board a GEM car.  They are working on a program where Lakewood Ranch residents will receive incentives for owning one.  GEM cars start at around $7,000, but remember: no gas required.  And with gas averaging over $4.00 a gallon, a GEM car is looking like a real gem.

Local builders London Bay and John Cannon have opened new model homes in the Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch. The community, which borders the Manatee and Sarasota county line,  unveiled two new showcase/model homes. The homes are The Amaroo by John Cannon Homes and The Belita by London Bay Homes. Lakewood Ranch is a green-certified community bordering the Manatee and Sarasota county line. To get to The Lake Club, take Interstate 75 to University Parkway and travel east approximately four miles. The Lake Club entrance is on the left. Please call me at 941-809-7759 for more information or a tour of the area.