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Guide Offers Incentives for Resilient Rebuilding

February 10, 2023
In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Sanibel, Captiva, and Southwest Florida communities are rebuilding. SCCF Coastal Resilience Manager Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., invites you to learn how you can make choices now that will increase our region’s resilience not only to specific events like Ian, but against the broader backdrop of climate change.
In this well-organized and in-depth guide to tax credits, rebates, and other financial incentives, Schuman outlines four main pathways to becoming more resilient:
  • Energy Generation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Hurricane Proofing
“One of the most obvious ways many of these incentives contribute to resilience is through their collective potential to reduce greenhouse gases,” writes Schuman. “This translates into reducing rising temperatures and subsequently, the intensity of future climate change impacts that we’ll need to adapt to.”
This guide includes a variety of available financial incentives that can help homeowners, businesses, and other entities — such as nonprofits, schools, and municipalities — make some of these choices while taking advantage of potentially significant savings.
Schuman reminds us of other long-term benefits as well.
By adopting solar and other renewable energy sources, you will become less dependent on a volatile fossil fuel market, and have the availability of backup power as battery technology improves. By choosing energy-efficient appliances, you can help streamline overall energy usage, resulting in lower bills. Savings range from hundreds of dollars to several thousand.


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