Living in an island paradise gives you an even clearer view of all the ways we humans can influence our environment. The Bahamas is highly active in environmental conservation so that everyone can enjoy the islands' beauty for years to come—and so are our agents.
Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale often incorporate environmentally friendly features, most noticeable in newer construction. The Bahamas government encourages builders to consider environmental impact and will often provide incentives to homeowners for doing the same.
Here are some of the top "green" features you might look for in your new home:
- Efficient Lighting
Energy-efficient lighting isn't difficult to come by in The Bahamas. In fact, many of the islands have benefitted from refitting their street lighting with more efficient bulbs. You'll also save money on household bills since efficient lighting costs less to operate and the bulbs typically last longer than the alternative.
- Additional Insulation
Insulation standards vary between the U.S., Europe, and The Bahamas. That said, it is a basic principle of building that added insulation in the attic in Bahamas homes improves the energy efficiency of a home. It helps keep the house comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside.
- Triple-Insulated Windows
Triple-insulated windows have become very popular in the U.S. and parts of Europe. Like insulation, they contribute to an efficient heat cycle that allows hot air to rise and escape. These windows use an inert gas trapped between layers of glass for a better insulating effect than previous generations.
- Low-Flow Toilets
"Low-flow" or water-conserving toilets use less water for waste removal. They are much more efficient than conventional models, often reducing water usage by about 50%. Even so, they are just as effective as the standard models you may be more familiar with.
- Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are the most efficient modern style of heater, where water is heated as needed rather than being kept at a fixed temperature throughout the day. These heaters use less electricity and take only a very short time to get to the required temperature, even for showers.
- Solar Water and Electric
With about 340 sunny days a year, it should come as no surprise that The Bahamas is fast emerging as one of the solar power capitals of the world. As with solar panels in the U.S. and Europe, you may be able to save a substantial amount on your electricity bill, charge backup power batteries for nighttime use or go completely off of the grid.
- Island-Friendly Eco-Roofing
Several roofing options can reduce your ecological impact while saving money. The more reflective your roof, the less solar radiation enters the home and must be dealt with by air conditioning. Reflective shingles are a popular option. Residential metal roofing may also be used: It's resistant to most weather and maximizes your reflective power.
- Rainwater Cisterns
Several of the islands throughout The Bahamas are still lacking a freshwater supply but have adapted over generations to capture the fallen rainwater on their roof and stow it in a cistern for use. Even on those islands where a freshwater supply is available, many houses prefer to use rainwater over the government supply as the quality is better and it saves on purchasing water.
Contact us to find out more about relocating to The Bahamas.