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Tesla’s New Solar Tiles Add Value to Homes for Sale

Posted on by Lisa Barton

At the end of 2016, Telsa unveiled their new and highly innovative solar roof tiles. The product looks just like standard roof tiles, but have the same harnessing power as traditional solar panels. The technology is revolutionary, and the environmental benefits that come from its use are incredible. The costs of the roof sound steep at first, but the long-term rewards that come from installation are worth the upfront cost. 

Tesla’s claim is that their roof will cost less than a regular roof, when the benefits of solar production are factored in. Their quote for the solar powered roof on a typical home in Maryland is $52,000. However, with the energy the roof generates plus the tax credits,  “the roof will actually pay for itself and earn you about $8,000 over 30 years” (Tesla.com). The cost of the roof is calculated by adding the price of materials, labor of installation and Powerwall battery. But the value of a completely sustainable energy source built into a home that earns tax breaks and bodes off-the-grid reliability arguably makes up for the upfront cost, and then some!  

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Tesla’s Solar shingles - A New Option for Home Owners?

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently unveiled a new home improvement product, rooftop solar shingles, that are made of textured glass and virtually indistinguishable from high-end roofing products. There are four different shingle prototypes (terra-cotta tile, slate, shingles, and a smooth modern glass finish). The aesthetics are beautiful! The tiles are designed to blend seamlessly with other roofs in the neighborhood. The solar cells embedded in each durable glass-encased tile is designed to be completely invisible from the street. This is something that sets this solar roof apart from other rooftop solar options.

These solar shingles also transform light into power for your home and your electric car. According to Musk, "The basic proposition will be: would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and, by the way, generates electricity? Why would you consider anything else?"

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Ponte Vedra Beach Watering Restrictions

Posted on by Lisa Barton

The warmer days are here and our growing season is in full swing. This is a good time for a reminder about the watering restrictions for St. Johns County. During the spring and summer homes with odd numbered addresses may water their lawns on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Homes with even numbered addressses may water on Thursdays and Sundays. Also, remember to only water in the evening or at night so that the water doesn't evaporate before it can sink into the ground. 

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Garden Calendar for Jacksonville Homeowners

Posted on by Lisa Barton

The FL Times Union just published a garden calendar to assist gardeners in the upcoming year. The weather in Northeast Florida is mild (Zone 9) and many flowers and plants that are considered annuals in other areas grow all year long here in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach. As a home owner, it's important that you have the right information to help your plants and lawn look as good as possible. Click here for the calendar. 

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Why Don’t More Florida Home Owners Use Solar Energy?

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Did you know that Jacksonville, Florida averages about 221 sunny days a year? Given that solar panels feed off solar energy, your automatic assumption would be that the majority of houses and even businesses would use clean energy, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, Florida’s state law has inhibited the growth of rooftop solar energy. Of course this doesn’t make sense, why wouldn’t everyone want to use clean energy? Well, news flash, it’s not the Floridians who are fighting against this, rather the Florida laws. Florida is actually referred to as “The sleeping giant of the solar industry.”

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Green Trends - Upcycling

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Upcycling, the practice of taking disposable items and repurposing them into something new, is becoming increasing popular. Many upcycled products are making their way onto fashion runways and home improvement projects. For example, sweaters purchased in the local second-hand store are turned into leg warmers and other accessories; or, window shutters are used to create head boards and couch tables. 

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Is Solar Power for You?

Posted on by Heather Senterfitt

Solar power for homes has been increasing in popularity, particularly over the last decade. In fact, even Home Depot now carries residential solar panels. With the famously sunny climate of Ponte Vedra Beach, the rising interest in green living, and decline in start-up costs, solar energy may be worth your consideration. Here are some of the common benefits and drawbacks of residential solar power.

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