District leaders recently helped celebrate the dedication of Habitat for Humanity homes that received the Florida Water Star℠ certification.
The four homes were built in the Laurel Gardens Community in Nokomis. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that, together with volunteers and donations, helps to build homes for families in need. The families help build the homes.
The builders incorporated water-saving features into the new homes like efficient showerheads, toilets and dishwashers. Florida Water Star℠ homes must meet specific criteria both inside and outside the house to receive certification.
Outside, water-efficient landscapes were installed. Plus, Habitat designers chose not to install irrigation systems.
Governing Board member Michael Moran said the certification benefits everyone.
“These practices are environmentally commendable on their own, but also provide Habitat residents with lower utility bills today and in the future,” he said. “Lower bills create a reality for these families that includes having the money needed for essentials like healthy food and continuing education.”