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2014 Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have 46 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 4 and 5. Plan your trip in […]

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2014 Solar Tour Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2014 Solar & Green Home tour. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to produce the tour. Our Sponsors… Sustainable Design Group: The mission of Sustainable Design Group is to build homes and communities that are in complete harmony with man, nature and the spirit of the place. We […]

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Edible Landscaping

A few hundred years ago only royalty could afford to have gardens that didn’t produce food. After centuries spent on gardens that exist only for aesthetic value there is finally a movement towards arranging attractive and edible plants to produce spaces that are feasts for the eyes and the mouth. Edible landscaping is a specialized […]

photo by AndyRobertsPhotos via flickr (Creative Commons)

Consumer Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was conceptualized by a small group of Japanese women in the 1960’s who were concerned about the effects of pesticides and processed foods on their communities. The Teikei Movement, as they came to be called, connected consumers with local growers. Teikei translates to mean “partnership or cooperation” but the members of […]

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Campaign To Divest

In his June 25 climate address, President Obama stated: “Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.” The Divest Montgomery County campaign aims to do that, and ultimately encourage installation of solar energy in the County and across the nation. The County’s Employee Retirement […]

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Electric Cars are Charging Down the Highway!

This year has been the best year yet for electric car fans. The Big Auto companies are bringing some great products to market. On the 2012 solar tour, local dealers provided some fantastic examples, such as a Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf and a Toyota Prius Plug-in for you to check out! The Chevy Volt […]

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2014 Solar Tour Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for the 2014 Solar & Green Home tour. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to produce the tour. Our Sponsors… Sustainable Design Group: The mission of Sustainable Design Group is to build homes and communities that are in complete harmony with man, nature and the spirit of the place. We […]

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2014 Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have 46 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 4 and 5. Plan your trip in […]

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2014 Tour Homes

1. Myersville, MD (address available in booklet) ABOUT THE HOME: This is a 3,300 square foot Net Zero Home, which means it produces as much energy than it uses. This home has a 10.5 kilowatt PV solar system with battery backup along with 4-(30 tube) solar thermal panels. With the energy efficiency upgrades they were […]

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Edible Landscaping

A few hundred years ago only royalty could afford to have gardens that didn’t produce food. After centuries spent on gardens that exist only for aesthetic value there is finally a movement towards arranging attractive and edible plants to produce spaces that are feasts for the eyes and the mouth. Edible landscaping is a specialized […]

photo by AndyRobertsPhotos via flickr (Creative Commons)

Consumer Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was conceptualized by a small group of Japanese women in the 1960’s who were concerned about the effects of pesticides and processed foods on their communities. The Teikei Movement, as they came to be called, connected consumers with local growers. Teikei translates to mean “partnership or cooperation” but the members of […]

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Solar in Maryland is Booming!

Maryland ranked number nine in the nation in terms of total installed capacity in 2012. We broke into the Top Ten, even though we are a small state. The previous year (2011) Maryland was 12th. In 2012, we more than doubled our installs from 2011 and put in 80 megawatts (MW) of capacity, passing up […]

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We Can Make a Difference Through Our Actions

“Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It’s happening now. It’s harmful and human-caused. We can make a difference through our actions.” These are the opening words of Maryland’s “Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan”, released by Governor Martin O’Malley in July of this year. The Governor noted in his speech that Maryland is especially vulnerable to […]

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State Solar Listserves: A Resource for All Things Solar

Interested in going solar but not sure where to start? Want to connect with other solar enthusiasts in your area? Then check out a solar network in your state!   Citizens in DC, MD, VA and WV have recently formed solar networks as part of an effort to build support for solar in their states. The […]

photo by Rainforest Action Network via flickr (CC)

Campaign To Divest

In his June 25 climate address, President Obama stated: “Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. Push your own communities to adopt smarter practices. Invest. Divest.” The Divest Montgomery County campaign aims to do that, and ultimately encourage installation of solar energy in the County and across the nation. The County’s Employee Retirement […]

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Maryland Tour of Solar and Green Homes

The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. This year we have over 48 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 5 and 6. Plan your […]

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MEA Game Changer Grant

Maryland Goes Green a division of LCPF (Land & Cultural Preservation Fund) was recently awarded a Maryland Energy Administration “Game Changer” grant for “Community-Scale Wind Project Assessments” to develop community-scale wind projects. Up to five sites will be identified, resulting in the deployment of several Megawatts (MW) of new community wind generation. The experiences of […]

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Electric Cars are Charging Down the Highway!

This year has been the best year yet for electric car fans. The Big Auto companies are bringing some great products to market. On the 2012 solar tour, local dealers provided some fantastic examples, such as a Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf and a Toyota Prius Plug-in for you to check out! The Chevy Volt […]

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Building a Zero Energy Community in Frederick City

NEXUS Homes, Bentz Street Located on a busy street in downtown Frederick, Bentz Street might seem like an unlikely location for some of the most technologically advanced, environmentally conscious housing in the county.  Once you’re inside the model home there’s an immediate quiet, though it might take a few minutes to notice that the cars […]

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The Watershed and Your Backyard

What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land that drains to a specific body of water. It can be as small as a few acres or as large as the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed (64,000 square miles). Precipitation falls onto the land, flowing to streams, lakes, and rivers. Some water soaks through […]

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2012 Maryland Solar Tour

The first weekend in October will be the 3rd annual Maryland Tour of Solar & Green homes. This year we have 36 homes on the tour… including my home! The homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on either Saturday (10/6) or Sunday (10/7). Printed copies of the tour booklet are available at several locations for only […]

Eating Green For Cheap: My Favorite Online Deals

I often hear people say that they don’t eat healthy because it’s too expensive.  You know what I think is too expensive?  Taking time off work and paying doctors to treat illnesses that could easily be avoided with proper nutrition and a healthy diet!  But eating clean?  Nah, it can be done for cheap. My […]

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To “Frack” or not…

When you flip a switch, do you care where your electricity comes from? Most of us do not care… as long as the lights stay on and the beer remains chilled. Delivering electricity to our homes is a magical process employing “tubes and wires” and things that are beyond our comprehension. Until we learn to […]

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Green Your Breakfast: An Introduction to Green Smoothies

Green smoothies:  They sound gross.  They look gross.  They taste incredible! So what’s so wonderful about green smoothies? You can get an entire serving (or more) of raw veggies for breakfast without even noticing.  Personally, the thought of chowing down on a bowl of spinach first thing in the morning sounds awful.  But, when blended […]

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Make power with Home Power…

Home Power, my favorite magazine just arrived. It is the only non-digital publication that I receive. For a little over $2 per issue this magazine covers various energy topics: solar, wind, PV systems, electric vehicles, batteries, hydrogen, domestic solar hot water, etc… everything to keep an energy geek occupied for hours. The publishers, Richard and Karen Perez started Home […]

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Rally for Wind on Wind-nesday ! in Annapolis. Carpool

TOMORROW Morning, We’re Carpooling to Annapolis to Speak Out for Off-shore Wind Tomorrow Wednesday, January 11 — 9:30 am training >> Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 86 Maryland Ave, across from City Dock Coffee 10:30 am rally >> Lawyer’s Mall. Sign up to Carpool at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE5UdFg0emFRU2EyMVRPbm9BekZLNlE6MQ.