Finally some good news for once coming out of the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
Habitat dedicates its first green home in Santa Cruz
…the house is equipped with solar panels that should save the family $500 a year in utility costs. Other green-friendly features include a tank-less water heater, recycled content formaldehyde-free insulation, minimal use of carpet and resource-efficient landscaping.
Habit for Humanity has been building homes in Santa Cruz for a long time. Not many homes, unfortunately, but it’s good to see that now they have hopped on the green bandwagon. It’s very tough to qualify for a Habitat home, and even once you do qualify, there’s a lot of work that they make you put into it – just read the article to get an idea. I don’t think their scheme scales well – that is to say, I don’t think that it would be possible (or even desirable) to solve Santa Cruz County’s housing woes by multiplying by several hundred times Habitat for Humanity’s work. I don’t think there’s an easy fix to the problem of lack of affordable housing here. But I do welcome Habitat as one piece of the solution puzzle, and it’s good to see that they’re going green.