On a recent trip to the Phoenix, Arizona area, I tried to be cognizant of as many energy savings methods used in that area of the country. Arizona obviously has abundances in areas that Florida has less and vice versa. Regardless, all States are working towards conserving as much of their natural resources and reducing their dependency on fossil fuels. Almost every State has mandated watering restrictions for landscapes, but few have gone beyond this restriction. As far as electric consumption, I have not found any restrictions or incentives in my area, although some of the more western States are implementing programs.Phoenix, AZ residents are offered “incentives” for energy savings through higher utility rates during peak hours of the day. For example those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint (or wanting to save money) would do laundry or run the dishwasher between 7 PM and 7 AM or on weekends. Until this trip I had not really thought about when to do laundry or run the dishwasher. I would normally do my chores in early morning or weekends, but now that I am more aware I will try to schedule it for off-peak hours even though there is no monetary incentive for me. This is a wonderful way you can help reduce your carbon footprint, so please consider the time you plan some of your household chores and rearrange to off-peak times Also, contact your local utility company and suggest they offer off-peak and peak rates as an incentive to their customers and to reduce their carbon footprint. Wouldn’t it be great if enough voices were heard and utility companies everywhere would be “eco-responsible”?
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Licensed in Real Estate since 1985, Jeannette, Broker/Owner of Green Florida Properties sets herself apart with extensive education in energy-efficient and sustainable building practices. As Northeast Florida's first NAR (National Association of Realtors) Green Real Estate Professional and certified EcoBroker Jeannette pioneered the greening of St. Augustine and St. Johns County MLS. Adding green data fields to the multiple listing service benefits anyone seeking to buy or sell a home with energy-efficient and sustainable features. Jeannette is currently one of four NAR and FR (Florida Realtors) GREEN Instructors in Florida teaching the GREEN Designation course. View all posts by GreenFLBroker, Jeannette Moore