Kim Lund, owner and broker at RE/MAX Cayman Islands, shared a few tips for homeowners wanting to up the sustainable ante at home.
With, on average, year-round 80-degree-Fahrenheit temperatures, one of the smartest moves for an energy-efficient home is the installation of solar panels. Choose from an array of experts in solar equipment installation, most of whom will provide a complimentary home visit and custom plan to determine your unique energy needs.
Air cooling costs can account for more than half of your energy bill, so be sure to consult the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) when installing a new or replacement air-conditioning system. According to Caribbean Utilities Company’s Energy Smart Tips, you should look for a SEER rating of 14 or higher; the higher the number, the more efficient the unit. Lund says you can also install energy-efficient impact windows and sliding doors to reduce heat gains and interior cooling costs.
Making little changes towards a more energy-efficient home can go a long way when combined over time.
According to Lund, homeowners should consider installing faucet, tub and toilet fixtures that reduce water dependence, like the WaterSense-labelled Kohler products. On-demand water heaters and ENERGY STAR efficient appliances for the kitchen and laundry room are also major players in an overall reduction in energy usage and a more sustainable life.
Replacing dated light fixtures that use incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures can also reduce your overall energy usage by as much as 75 percent. Focus first on the areas where you use light energy most often — usually the main gathering areas such as the kitchen, living room and dining room — if you’re budget conscious.
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Cayman Airways offers more nonstop international flights to and from the Cayman Islands than any other airline. Fly nonstop to Grand Cayman from New York, Denver, Miami, Tampa, Kingston, Montego Bay, Havana, Roatán and La Ceiba.
Author: Nasaria Budal