Building on What is Best About Our Small Town Communities

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.

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Awareness Program Topics

January

What’s It All About Series: A Year in the Life of an Electric Car Owner

• The Good, Bad, Beautiful & Ugly of Electric Car Ownership
• Talk with Local Owners of Chevy VOLTS , Nissan LEAFs & more
• All Questions Answered—such as:

How are the Prius, Volt & LEAF different?
How & Where do they Charge?
What about the Battery?
How much will my Electric Bill go up?
What about Tax Credits?
What’s so great about an EV or PHEV anyway?

Join us at this fun, informal & interactive event!

When? Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 2:00pm—4:00pm

Where? The Poolesville Town Hall
19721 Beall Street, Poolesville MD 20837

RSVP at PoolesvilleGreen@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!!

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Energy and Climate Change

Solar Powered Home

On November 16th, Poolesville Green hosted a discussion on energy and climate change in upper Montgomery County. Montgomery County Council Member Marc Elrich, Dan Savino, a physics teacher in Poolesville High School's Global Ecology Program, and Town Commissioners Jerry Klobukowski and Valaree Dickerson discussed public transportation issues in Montgomery County, a proposed solar farm in Poolesville, and energy options for your home. The slide on the right shows the energy savings Dan Savino was able to make on his home after installing solar. About 30 Poolesville area residents attended this very interactive and entertaining discussion.

Electric Cars Come to Spring Fest

Car Show

Joyce and Dave Breiner and Lee Erickson explained how the electric Nissan Leaf works at Poolesville’s Spring Fest on May 19th. They also offered test rides to those wanting to experience the quiet, comfortable feeling of a Leaf. Electric cars, which use electricity generation to charge their batteries, do not rely on an internal combustion engine, do not emit harmful tailpipe pollutants, including greenhouse gas emissions, and they help lessen our dependence on dirty oil. Not bad for an affordable, attractive car!

Recycling Fun!

Recycling Event

Over 20 people turned out at Town Hall on February 27 for a fun discussion on recycling in Poolesville and in Montgomery County. Did you know that the county's recycling programs makes millions of dollars and helps reduce the cost of picking up our trash? And its good for the environment! Check out Recycling Revolution to learn more about why recycling is so important. Thanks to Commissioner Eddie Kulhman, Town Manager Wade Yost, Titus Trash and Montgomery County for their participation.

All About Solar Power

Standard Solar discusses solar energy options

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

Lighting Options

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.

Erin Speck demonstrates lighting options

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:

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, visit Montgomery County Energy Efficiency Funding.

Stop Junk Mail

Tired of junk mail? You should be. According to Forest Ethics, the total volume of junk mail that arrives in American mailboxes each year requires 100 million trees to produce, an equivalent of clear-cutting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every 4 months. Check out DMAchoice.org or Catalog Choice -- to find out how to stop unwanted mail.

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