St Lucia’s high biodiversity and natural beauty play a meaningful role in the island’s culture and economy. The island’s 2 major industries, tourism and agriculture, both depend on sustainable environmental practices. In 2004 the Pitons were inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to their noticeable beauty and rare ecology. Environmental awareness is consequently a crucial part of life in St Lucia. Every human interaction with character leaves behind an indelible fingerprint. When building a home in St Lucia you should be vigilant to minimize the impact on the ecosystem. Here are 5 easy ways in which you can do so.
Do not clear land indiscriminately. Before starting construction, consider how your home will impact the tree cover in the area. St Lucia is a heavily vegetated country. The prevalence and variety of trees is one of the things which makes the island rare. Save as many mature trees as possible. Incorporate existing vegetation into the design and layout of your house. This ensures that the island remains green. Mature trees also add majesty and beauty, while keeping a character cool.
Use replaceable energy. Sunlight and wind are two of St Lucia’s most abundant natural resources. It is now possible to have one’s home completely powered by solar panels and wind turbines. Whether you use wind, solar or a combination of the two depends on the location of your home. for example, home sites on the island’s east coast have a continued Atlantic breeze, and are well placed to utilize wind strength. While solar or wind strength will increase your construction costs, it will eliminate utility bills in the future. In St Lucia, electricity is the most costly utility and the savings will add up in the long run. replaceable energy also reduces the burning of fossil fuel and helps to keep the air clean while reducing the island’s carbon footprint.
Harvest rain water. St Lucia has approximately 2000 mm of annual rainfall. Using drainage systems, it is easy to collect rainwater, which is stored in tanks or underground cisterns. This helps conserve the island’s public water supply. It also ensures that you have a backup if there are shortages after a hurricane.
Maximize natural ventilation to minimize cooling costs. In St Lucia, air conditioning units are major culprits when it comes to high energy usage. Keeping your house naturally cool will considerably reduce your consumption of electricity. High ceilings, large windows, insulated roofs and cross ventilation are just a few ways in which your house can intended to keep cool. Many homes in St Lucia are located on elevated hillsides where there is a continued breeze. A well ventilated house can eliminate (or at the minimum greatly reduce) the need for air conditioning. (Besides the functional benefits, high ceilings and large windows are great for admiring those amazing St Lucian vistas!)
Grow a kitchen garden. Gardens prosper in St Lucia’s high, volcanic soil and tropical weather. It is shared for backyards to be filled with tropical foods such as mangoes, guavas, dasheen or breadfruit. Eat your own organic, delicious fruit, vegetables and herbs grown right in your back yard! Once you’ve gotten your garden started it’s easy to continue. The prevalence of backyard gardening helps ensure the island’s food security and preserves the native vegetation. The rewards are delicious and good for both you and the ecosystem!
These are just a handful of ways to live a character friendly lifestyle if you have decided to buy St Lucia real estate. The island is loved for its lush, green beauty. Everyone in the country must play their part to continue this. careful real estate development can enhance instead of diminish the island’s natural ecosystem. Energy efficiency is also a great investment as it will make your home more alluring to buyers should you ever decide to sell.