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Covenants Curbs Residents’ Efforts to Be Green

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Jul 6, 2008

By Liz Mitchell – Island Packet

Living in gated communities in Beaufort County often comes with the security of knowing that changes won’t appear that could hurt property values, but it also means abiding by strict rules, some of which could prevent residents from becoming more energy efficient.

Covenants in some Beaufort County communities prevent things like solar panels and other energy-saving devices because they alter a home’s appearance.

But as energy prices rise and “green” construction becomes more popular, alternative energy devices are getting a second look.

Beaufort County planners are already creating proposals to require developers to include energy-saving features and extra environmental protections in future projects.

Last month, the county held a workshop to brainstorm ways to conserve energy and tap alternative power sources.

Some residents said they would like to install solar panels or windmills on their roofs to conserve energy and save money on utility bills, but their neighborhood covenants prevent them from doing so.

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