Here Are Some Great Picks on Energy-efficient Sarasota Homes for Sale


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 6th, 2014 – Thanks to the rising number of builders in Southwest Florida who have committed themselves to construct 100% Energy Star®-certified homes, prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale have plenty of excellent choices on energy-efficient residences. Last year, Sarasota Bay Real Estate notes that four more homebuilders operating in the region were added to the roster of partners to this energy-efficiency building program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Notably, the rising count of houses built in compliance with this EPA initiative contributed to the dramatic reduction of electricity consumption in U.S. homes. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration showed that the average 2013 electric consumption in American homes was on track for its third year of consecutive decline and bound for its lowest level since 2001.

Golf community choices

Searching for Sarasota homes for sale which are misers in electricity consumption can best begin in Stoneybrook at Venice. KB Home, an Energy Star partner since 2008, has builds ready in this golf community. Based in Los Angeles, this company has already built close to 2,500 Energy Star-certified homes in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan statistical area.

In a recent study by Calvert Investments, KB Home emerged as the No. 1 Green Homebuilder. This leadership is largely based on the company’s proprietary Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®) which sets internal standards on sustainable and state-of-the-art building practices. Fortune magazine has also ranked this publicly traded company as the No. 1 homebuilder in the 2011 listing of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

The current MLS of Sarasota homes for sale features a pair of residences that KB Home built last year. One is a four-bedroom dwelling with 2,136 square feet of floor space and a tag price approaching $320,000. The other is priced a shade under $300,000 and has a floor plan of 1,865 square feet designed with 3 bedrooms.

Options in Bradenton


Around this price level, national builder M/I Homes likewise has offerings among Sarasota homes for sale at the  Rosedale Golf and Country Club in Bradenton. Based in Columbus, OH, this homebuilder has been a partner in the Energy Star® program since 2008 and has constructed over a thousand homes compliant with the EPA guidelines in Southwest Florida.

At Rosedale, M/I Homes has inventory homes available which it says can save an average of $1,313 each year in energy costs. One of these residences is currently sales-listed with an asking price close to the $340,000 mark. Built last year, it has a 1,652-square-foot floor plan featuring two bedrooms and two baths.

Green homes amid nature preserve

A similar energy-efficient M/I Homes model with a slightly bigger floor plan at 1,673 square feet had its price reduced recently from $337,630 to $331,990. This is too is a two-bedroom home and features a den and a big kitchen. Like most residences in Rosedale, its site overlooks a nature preserve.

Country club amenities, such as an award-winning golf course and superb clubhouse facilities, are available at Rosedale. Proximity to local life and leisure centers are added buyer come-ons for this community.