Poolesville Green promotes the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, chiefly energy and water, in and around the town of Poolesville Maryland, including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown. Through our work, we hope to build on what is best about our small town communities.
All About Solar Power
Is Solar Energy right for you? On January 28, Lee Erickson and Mark Prebilic hosted a What’s It all About, Solar Energy get-together. Brendan Reed of Standard Solar, a Rockville-based company, led a discussion on how solar power works, incentives and financing options for installing solar power, the financial benefits of installing solar power, and how utilities apply net-metering and the use of Solar Renewable Energy Credits in Maryland. In the United States, household electricity generated from burning fossil fuel is responsible for about 24% of total carbon emissions. Users of solar power not only save money, but they help reduce carbon emissions.
Home Improvement Holiday Party
Want to do a home improvement project in a sustainable, and affordable manner? As part of Poolesville Green’s What’s It All About Series, Joyce Breiner hosted a Holiday Home Improvement Party on December 17th to share ideas about sustainable home improvement projects. Guests were able to see, touch, and experience various product examples provided by Amicus Green, a building supply center located in Kensington, MD that is dedicated to green products and expert support. Some of the green and stylish products that Amicus Green displayed at the party were CFC and LED light bulbs, tiles, carpets, wooden flooring, adhesives and paints. Steve Goldberg of Hearthside Home and Garden in Poolesville also displayed some a table made from reclaimed wood and provide some samples of reclaimed wood flooring from area homes. Green products used in home improvement projects are safe and healthy and minimize negative effects on the environment.
Lighting and the Environment
Perhaps you’ve heard. In 2007, President Bush signed a federal energy bill that established new energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs. Soon those highly inefficient 40, 60, 75, and 100 watt bulbs will be relics of the past.
So what does this mean for all of us? To find out, over 20 people attended What’s It All About – Lighting on November 7th at Brightwell Crossing’s model home on Elgin Road. Erin Speck, Illuminating Engineering Society member & LEED Accredited Pro, talked about:
- New packaging labels.
- Which light bulbs to buy for the amount of light needed, where it is needed?
- Which light bulbs are going away and how soon?
- Which light bulbs are safest for my household?
- Which light bulbs are safest for the environment?
Check out Erin’s power point for answers to these questions. (One take home message – start buying the next generation of LEDs, which will come out in about six months. But read the label first — make sure your getting the right type of light for your needs!)
What’s It All About?
Don’t miss out on future get-togethers as part of our series, What’s It All About? Sign up for our newsletter today. Upcoming events include a December house party on undertaking home improvement projects in a sustainable manner. Check out our calendar for more details. We are also working to put together renewable energy house tours. More information is coming soon.
County Unveils Efficiency Rebate Program
Stop wasting money! Montgomery County is offering energy efficiency rebates of up to $3,000 to applicants that undertake certain energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. For more information, visitMontgomery County Energy Efficiency Funding.