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Eco Living in Bequia

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The Caribbean seems to be the perfect location for renewable energy, renewable resources such as solar, wind and geothermal are abundant. Furthermore, climate change impacts pose a major threat to small island economies and to the natural surrounds. John Nicolson of Bequia Land for Sale outlines just how simple green living in the Caribbean can be below.

I think we are on the threshold of a solar energy revolution here in Bequia.

The Caribbean, with its year-round sunshine is a natural place to install solar. The problem until now however, has been the storing the power generated during the day so it can be used during the night. In recent months there have been great strides forward to resolve the storage issue. There is a huge factory in Nevada, USA about to start production of Lithium Ion batteries that are far more efficient than the present Lead acid batteries. Modern distribution systems transforming the battery DC energy to AC electricity have become more efficient.

The technology behind solar is relatively old, despite their futuristic appeal. However, technology has improved greatly in recent years; conventional solar panels which only cover a part of the roof have been developed to cover the complete roof. So they’re still a fantastic environmentally friendly way of producing electricity in your home.

Small steps towards energy savings can be made all around the home, from LED light bulbs which use a fraction of the power of the old style bulbs to eco fridges and freezers that are now available with 10cm of insulation all round to save energy. Even the very core design of a house can have an effect, the plans we have readily available for instance have been cleverly designed to create more air circulation, which, together with more insulation allows us to save on air conditioning in the bedrooms during the night. Swimming pool pumps are also a great choice for solar power as they use energy during the day.

Islanders here on Bequia only tend to travel just a few miles around the island, so electric cars really are perfect for us. They can be charged by solar during the day and there are never any issues with charging stations as the cars can be charged from home.”

Since purchasing land in Rocky Bay Mr Nicholson has gone on to build houses including his own home and in doing so, John has accumulated a wealth of local knowledge and information relating to eco-friendly living. John is available to act as a Consultant if required, his first-hand experience and in depth knowledge of Rocky Bay and Bequia can help make building your dream home into a stress free reality.

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Rocky Bay appoints Amino

Amino is delighted to announce that they are now representing a team of design, construction and ‘island life’ experts offering 25 acres of land and property for sale in the Rocky Bay area on the breath-taking Caribbean island of Bequia.

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Peacefully situated just nine miles to the south of St. Vincent, Bequia is the largest and arguably one of the most beautiful of the Grenadine islands. The environment is like no other; tranquil, easy-going and surrounded by rich golden beaches, it truly fulfils the dream of the perfect Caribbean island.

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If you like the idea of having your own slice of Caribbean bliss, the Rocky Bay plots are for you! Owner John Nicholson, a design and construction expert was drawn to Bequia after sailing the Caribbean for many years. So much so in fact that he built his own home there 20 years ago. His construction experience together with his intimate knowledge of the land means he can offer unparalleled help and advice to those wanting a second home on the Island. John is available to act as a consultant if required to buyers, advising on every aspect from purchasing the land, through to local planning controls and procedures, architectural design and appointing tried and trusted contractors.

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John is opening his own home as a show house to enable potential buyers of Rocky Bay plots to see what is possible to achieve and give pointers on the how’s and where to construct in terms of positioning a home and true life experiences.

Rocky Bay is a private, protected and secluded development area, yet sited just 5 minutes’ drive away from the vibrant main town of Port Elizabeth.

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Offering this unique investment opportunity, Rocky Bay options include for sale one fully built luxury 4-bedroom house (Iguana Rock) sited on 56,675 sq. ft. with stunning uninterrupted views of Mustique and The Grenadines from its large terrace complete with infinity pool, and 9 ready to develop plots of land varying in size from 0.54 acres up to 6.6 acres. Each are also offered with the option of purchasing ready produced house plans/architectural designs for two, three and four bedroom houses, providing the perfect time saving solution to building and owning a stunning Caribbean home.

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