In honor of Earth Day and Tax Day 2011, a Reminder to Claim Your 2010 Residential Green Tax Credits

Did you install a qualifying EnergyStar product (not all EnergyStar products qualify for a tax credit) from one of the following categories in your primary residence on or before December 31, 2010: Non-solar Water Heater Windows Doors Metal or asphalt roof Insulation Heating/Air conditioning Biomass stoves Geothermal heat pumps Residential wind turbines Solar energy systems

April is National Water Conservation Month

April is National Water Conservation month. This is particularly important in South Florida where we are experiencing the driest “dry season” in 80 years. What can we do to observe Water Conservation Month and to conserve water all year long? First and most important, follow the emergency Water Shortage Order effective March 26th: “A two-day-a-week

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Ecorazzi has presented “Ten Ways To Go Green On St. Patrick’s Day” Great tips for today and everyday: In order to maximize fun and goodwill, read below for ten surefire ways to make St. Patrick’s Day crazy-green. (And then you can tell those haters pinching you for not wearing

Melanie Dawn’s Fav Five Green Businesses Serving Pinecrest Florida

I am frequently asked to write guest articles for Coldwell Banker’s “Insight Real Estate Blog” serving the Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Florida markets. My recurring feature, called “Hear the Eco,” is about various green topics affecting the Miami-Dade real estate market. In a recent four-part article, I wrote about my five favorite green businesses in or near the Village of Pinecrest. They are: Evo’s green

EPA: Multi-Family Housing Near Public Transit is Greener. Melanie Dawn: And in Miami, it’s Beautiful, too!

The EPA has just released a white paperconfirming what most of us know intuitively: multi-family housing located near public transportation is generally “greener” than any other type of housing.  Their graph tells the story very well: It illustrates the two key points in the study about the relationship between housing style/location and energy consumption: •

Top Ren Reasons to Install a Metal Roof – Even in Florida

A metal roof in South Florida may seem counter-intuitive. Under our summer sun, metal gets hot enough to cook an egg, right? But a metal roof actually reflects over 65% of the solar rays compared to only about 25% for asphalt shingle. And coated metal roofing also has a high degree of “thermal emittance,” which

Five Reasons to Compost in Miami-Dade

1. Composting is easy! As easy as throwing away your garbage, in fact. Simply separate compostable garbage into a separate bin. 2. Composting is saves money! Compost doesn’t require any fancy equipment, but it will save you money by reducing what you spend for fertilizers and potting soils. 3. Composting is good for your garden!

The Green Giant – Can a 10,000 Square Foot Home Be “Green”?

There is a green controversy brewing in Berkeley, California. Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp and an international philanthropist, wants  to build a 10,000-square-foot house complete with a 10-car garage. Under Berkeley’s current green point system the house would qualify for Berkeley’s “green” designation despite its size, and that has neighbors and local environmentalists upset.

Realtors(R) Help Consumers Understand the Value of Green

As a member of the US Green Building Council and one of the few designated Eco-Brokers in the South Florida area, I have been an advocate for “green building” for many years. And while I wear my “tree-hugger” label proudly, for most of us our first priorities when buying a home or leasing an office