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Recycling Matters!

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Republic Services is the recycling service provider for most of the Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach areas. Their sorting facility on the northside of Jacksonville, completed in 2012, frequently hosts tours that are open to the public by appointment.

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Christmas Tree Recycling for Ponte Vedra Beach and Nocatee Residents

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Looking for an envirnomentally friendly place to dispose of your Christmas tree in Ponte Vedra Beach? St. Johns County is hosting a "Tree-Cycling" program from Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4 between 2:00pm and 6:00pm and also on Saturday, January 5 and January 12 between 9:00am - 4:00pm. 

Ponte Vedra Beach and Nocatee residents are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees at these locations:

  1. Cornerstone Park
    1046 A1A North
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  2. Mills Field
    1805 Race Track Road
    St Johns, FL

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Are You Ready for a Tankless Water Heater?

Posted on by Lisa Barton

Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity for many reasons, including space-saving benefits and better energy efficiency. Since we often do not have basements in the Ponte Vedra Beach area, storing a traditional water tank can be a nuisance. The tankless systems are more flexible since they take up less of a footprint and can be placed inside or out, including in the attic.

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Is a tankless hot water heater for you?

Posted on by Lisa Barton

It’s your turn to take a shower but you’re pacing in circles because all the hot water is gone, oh and its mid-winter and all you want to do is take a hot shower.

Have you ever been in this situation? You might want to consider a tankless hot water heater, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heater. Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. 

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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” ( 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

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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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