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Sarasota Environmental

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OurTown Sarasota spearheads a project to make a home more energy efficient and hurricane proof. The Sarasota Green House Project  begins to take shape with: MySafeFlorida Home Survey, FPL  Energy Survey, replacement of 17 windows with hurricane impact and energy efficient windows, heat pump, programmable thermostat, air duct remediation, extra insulation, 3 foot overhangs, low volume toilets and showers, rain barrels, polyfoam hurricane tile, seven ceiling fans, low-energy light CFS bulbs, energy efficient major appliances, tree canopies, creek irrigation, mulching. Watch as this 1973 Sarasota Florida cypress front house transforms. Future projects include a hurricane garage door, low energy pool pump, salt chlorinator, efficient pool filter and vacuum and solar pool heating, solar water and a solar electric grid.

We have installed a 205-gallon rain barrel by Bushman, www.http://bushmanusa.com/ . They have a calculator on their site to show you how big a rain barrel you will need. Rain barrels are handy for irrigation purposes, and emergency water needs. As our Geologist tells us ‘you can live without oil but, you can’t live without water.


If you own a pool in Florida and it is marcited you are likely to have to have it re-finished many times. Save yourself the time and money and do it right once with Pebble-Tech. It was invented in Australia. We find that Pebble Tech doesn’t stain from leaves or other objects and that it uses less pool chemicals. An added benefit is that you get an instant foot massage from the smooth pebbles:) We used the following pool company to refinish our pool with Pebble Tech. We don’t think we’ll ever have to refinish it again.