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19th Annual National Solar Tour ~ October 4 & 5, 2014.

The annual U.S. National Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) will take place on October 4 & 5th, 2014. The event is open to the public and allows homeowners and business to share their experience and success with solar power.

Here is a chance for you to see and talk with local people who have benefited from solar power with reduced costs, energy independence, protection against power outages and reduce carbon emissions.

To see where local tours are in your area or to participate in a tour please go to American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour.



Posted by DMK Real Estate, Green~Realtor & LEED AP Homes.

Connecticut 3rd Highest Electric Rate Nationwide~ Time to Consider Solar?

by DMK Real Estate, Fairfield County, Ct.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” reports released last month for May 2014 shows that Connecticut has the third highest residential electric rate nationwide at an average of 20.18 cents per Kilowatt hour. In contrast Washington State has the lowest rate at 8.93 cents per Kilowatt hour.

Year to year New England has had the highest price hike of 11.31% and the Pacific Contiguous (California, Oregon, Washington) has had the lowest increase of 1.69%.

Maybe it is time to consider Solar Photovoltaic to produce your electricity? The break-even point is still about 8 to 15 years (depending on rebates) but with systems estimated to last up to 25 years it might be a smart move for homeowners who are not moving.

At EnergizeCt.com you can find plenty of information about investing in Solar PV. There are plenty of Solar Contractors to choose from in Connecticut along with several ways to solar finance if you like:-

  • Ct Solar Lease
  • Ct Solar Loan
  • Smart-E Loan

Continue reading Connecticut 3rd Highest Electric Rate Nationwide~ Time to Consider Solar?

UCONN Ranked in Top 10 Greenest Universities ~ 2014.

By David Popoff, Realtor® GREEN.

University of Connecticut once again made it into the top ten of “Green” Schools in the United States with a score of 743.05 out of 1,000 possible points. In the 2013 survey UCONN was rated number one out of 162 schools that participated.

Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools” ranking is a voluntary process for all four year undergraduate universities and colleges in the USA in regards to the school’s sustainability practices. Out of the 173 schools that participated the highest score for 2014 out of a possible 1,000 points was 813.51 for the University of California, Irvine.

To participate the campus administrator’s would fill out an extensive questionnaires (200+ pages) at stars.aashe.org about their schools sustainability practices relating to :-

  • Co-curricular
  • Energy
  • Investments
  • Food
  • Innovations
  • Academics & Research
  • Planning
  • Purchasing
  • Transit
  • Waste
  • Water

To read more about AMERICA’S GREENEST COLLEGES: THE TOP 10 click here.

Earn Large $$$ Connecticut Rebates With Energy Efficient Renovating or Building New Homes.

Planning a home renovation or building a new home here in Connecticut then take a look at these huge rebates that you can get when using energy efficient appliances, heating / cooling system and smart building choices.

For example:-

Replace your old hot water tank heater with and ENERGY STAR certified high efficiency natural gas fired tank-less water heater and earn a rebate up to $500.

Upgrading your Heating and/or Cooling system you can earn $100 to $500 or more on rebates by installing an ENEGY STAR certified central AC or up to $600 for a natural gas warm air furnace.

Talk to your HVAC contractor when installing new furnaces and boiler for current rebates.

Continue reading Earn Large $$$ Connecticut Rebates With Energy Efficient Renovating or Building New Homes.

Connecticut Green Homes Tour ~ Spring 2014, June 7th & 14th.

Throughout Fairfield County and Connecticut the CTGBC Green Homes Committee has selected multiple homes open for the Spring 2014 Green Homes Tours on two weekends:

Saturday, June 7th from 12:00 noon till 3:00 pm. In Fairfield County Old Greenwich & Southport.

Saturday. June 14th from 12:00 noon till 3:00 pm. In Fairfield County New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport & Old Greenwich.

The selection of homes on tour includes substantial renovations, new construction homes, and homes under construction or renovation.  A homeowner or representative from the design or installation team will be on hand at each home to explain the design and operations of the home.

For more information & to register go to:-



Posted by DMK Real Estate, Green~Realtor & LEED AP Homes.



Winners of 4th Annual Ct Zero Energy Challenge for HOMES.

This year’s competition featured 11 homes that were built between June 1st 2012 to December 1, 2013 with five winners. This is the fourth year of the Annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge with many of the builder participating for the second and third time. This is a statewide design and build competition to construct a high efficiency home that consumes little or no energy with cash prizes.

This year there were two Overall Winners with each getting a total cash prize of $10,000:

  • The Spalla/Randich residence in Farmington who built a passive standard home using Wolfworks Construction.  Click here to read more.
  • The Griffiths Residence in Killingly is a custom home built on a large working farm and built by Lehto Design Build. Click here to see more.

For Lowest Home Energy Rating Score without Renewable Technology the Trolle Residence in Danbury built by BPC Green Builders won $5,000.

For Lowest Home Energy Rating Score Index and Lowest Annual Operating Cost the Renaissance Farms in Warren won $5,000 designed and built by CK Architects Builder: J&P Building and Remodeling llc.

The Most Affordable Project is the Singer Estate in Derby, a home built on lot 5 by Brookside Development with prize money of $5,000.

The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is now seeking participants for the 2014 challenge. To learn more please visit ctzeroenergychallenge.com .


By David Popoff is a license Connecticut Real Estate Broker specializing in Sustainability in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut.