Seven homes in the Hancock Place subdivision of St. Augustine are now producing their own electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed by Power Production Management, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida. Touted as one of Florida’s top sustainable communities, the Hancock Place neighborhood consists of 36 eco-friendly and green certified homes built by St. Johns Housing Partnership.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — “The idea is we have a little science experiment here,” said Bill Lazar.
That’s how the Executive Director for the St. Johns Housing Partnership explained the project going on at Hancock Place in West Augustine.
“We want to figure out what is the most cost effective way to reduce your utility bill,” Lazar added.
An energy study under way at Hancock Place in West Augustine may help homeowners around the state save money in the future.
Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Energy Office, several homes in the development built through St. Johns Housing Partnership are now retrofitted with various energy-saving devices. Monitoring over the next two years will help the partnership and SEA Inc. in St. Augustine determine which devices make the biggest difference.
Housing Partnership Officially ‘Sustainable’ When Hancock Place, a workforce housing development in West Augustine, was in its infancy about eight years ago, St. Johns County officials were told energy efficiency and water conservation would be foremost in the development’s houses. … Read More
By Malea Guiriba
Hastings News, Posted March 4th, 2011
Earth Day is coming early to Hastings. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hastings Branch Library, Flagler College Students in Free Enterprise will present Conservation Cadets Day. Earth-friendly activities and information will be the order of the day as the SIFE kids help Hastings reduce, reuse and recycle.
For the past 27 years, volunteer teens and adults from St. Catherine’s have been coming to St. Augustine for week-long stays on two occasions each summer to perform a variety of tasks for the elderly and others in need.
There were nearly a dozen that mid-July afternoon performing a variety of activities at Bing’s home. Add to that workers from the Housing Partnership, and it was difficult to find a spot to talk that wasn’t occupied by someone painting a portion of the house, cutting lumber or performing one of a number of other tasks required to transform Bing’s home.
Weatherization includes fixing leaks in appliances — such as a gas stove — and improving insulation. Making the house less leaky also improves air quality.
Betty Durrance said her breathing problems used to flare up inside her Hastings home. She didn’t realize that her 30-year-old air conditioning unit was harming the air quality.