When you move to Roatan, you will be surrounded by lush foliage and rare wild/marine life. Suddenly, you will become more aware of Earth’s limited resources, and how your consumption truly can make a difference in the immediate surroundings. One way to fully enjoy the luxuries of home while making a small impact on the environment is through building an energy efficient home. Not only does this come along with long term savings, but also contributes to less consumption and waste of resources. Making an overall minimum impact on Roatan’s delicate ecosystem!
The positioning of your home is critical to maximizing energy output. If your home is positioned in a way that absorbs maximum sunlight, or doesn’t allow for natural air flow, you will find yourself spending a lot on cooling costs.
Landscaping is a great way to enhance the natural environment, as well as save energy. Plant trees that will provide the necessary shade to keep your home cool, as well as prevent the soil from absorbing too much sun. This will lower cooling costs as well as water consumption.
Green Tip: Include an area for compost on your property!
Composting provides a natural alternative to chemical shedding fertilizers which can harm the reef. This will also contribute to less unnecessary trash being accumulated on the island.
Make the most of natural lighting in your space to reduce energy costs. In areas that do require lighting, opt for an LED Bulb. LED lighting can reduce energy use between 40 and 80%.
Consider Solar Power
The ability to supplement your hot water and AC costs with a solar system ends up paying for itself. You can even store the excess power to use when there is an issue with the main power source.
Don’t Forget The Top And The Bottom!
Concrete or stone floors can help keep your home naturally cooler. And don’t neglect which material you choose to use for a roof! Metal roofs are a wonderful option for reflecting heat and withstanding Roatan’s salty air.
We are here to help you build your dream home – which both fulfills your desires and contributes to the conservation of Roatan’s natural beauty. Contact Victor today to discuss making those dreams an energy efficient reality. Call +504- 9660-1679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.