Hickory Green Homes Blog

Hickory Green Building & Solar Tour 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hickory Green Building & Solar Tour 2009

Covering Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties

In partnership with community leaders, partner organizations and the American Solar Energy Society, The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association will once again host the annual Green Building & Solar Tour on Saturday, October 3, Saturday, October 10 and Saturday, October 17 in communities across our great state. The 2009 tour will educate citizens with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of green building solutions, technologies and energy efficiency measures.

This is your chance to visit and “see up close” various sizes and styles of “green” homes, businesses, schools, privately-owned renewable energy projects, and government facilities featuring solar and/or green building products and technologies on this self-guided tour in communities across North Carolina. Site owners, green builders, contractors, installers and other experts will also be available at tour sites to answer questions and provide more details.


Kickoff Event (8:00 – 9:00)

Western Piedmont Council of Governments

736 4th St. SW Hickory, NC 28602


-Registration with coffee and donuts

-Alternative Fuel Vehicle Display

-Screening of the film “Kilowatt Ours”


Morning Tour (9:00 – 12:30)

-Catawba County EcoComplex

-Passive solar home with renewable energy features


Luncheon at WPCOG (12:30 – 1:30)

-Solar Thermal Presentation


Afternoon Tour (1:30 – 5:00)

-Snow Creek Elementary School

-Green home with ENERGY STAR and NAHB Green certifications



FREE tour with roundtrip transportation provided

(donations will be collected to cover food and fuel costs)

To register, contact Rob Howard at (828) 217-0506 or rob@homeenergysol.com

Affiliated with the National Solar Tour www.ases.org and the North Carolina Green Building and Solar Tour www.energync.org


Thank you to our sponsors:

Catawba Valley Green Building Council


Home Energy Solutions



Contact Information

Email: info@hickorysolartour.com

Phone: (828) 328-3650

Address: Home Energy Solutions, Inc. PO Box 3352, Hickory, NC, 28603




Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. and also posted on http://activerain.com/blogs/mikekelly


Building green means incorporating environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process to minimize environmental impact. During the design, construction, and operation of a home, energy and water efficiency, lot development, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality and homeowner maintenance should all be considered. Although we cannot entirely avoid affecting the environment when a house is built, green building can work toward minimizing that environmental impact.

The concept of green building isn’t new-our great-grandparents built climate-appropriate homes using locally-available materials. Today’s green homes incorporate not only climatic considerations, but are resource and energy efficient, safer for occupants, and often less expensive to maintain.

To learn more about building a green home in the Hickory Area Visit:


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Randy Bowman has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1990, with an unlimited license, Bowman Construction & Design, Inc. is located in Newton, North Carolina. It is our goal to design and build homes of the highest quality. We insist on the best materials and put many “custom” touches in all of our homes.


Randy Bowman awarded the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation.

Randy Bowman named NAHB-RC Accredited Verifier for NAHB Green Building Program

Randy Bowman appointed to NCHBA Green Building Council

Randy Bowman in the Chairperson for the Catawba Valley Green Building Council.


Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. and also posted on http://activerain.com/blogs/mikekelly


Home Energy Solutions

Are rising energy costs getting you down and making your utility bills go up?

Home Energy Solutions can perform a home energy audit and show you how to conserve energy, increase comfort, and improve indoor air quality.

Home Energy Solutions offers home performance contracting for a turn key solution to your energy retrofit needs. Common improvements include HVAC duct sealing, air sealing and insulation.

Building a new home?

Home Energy Solutions offers third party verification for the ENERGY STAR Homes Program and several green building programs. They do plan reviews and perform inspections of framing, moisture protection, air sealing, insulation, and mechanical systems. They test the ductwork and the whole house for air leakage in order to estimate the home’s annual energy costs.


Hickory, North Carolina


For More Information Click Here

 Home Energy Solutions is a proud member of the Catawba Valley Green Building Council.


 Catawba Valley Green Building Council is where local Hickory professionals can help you build or remodel your home to make it more environmentally friendly and save you money in the long run. Contact one of the Hickory-Catawba Valley Green Building Council members to learn more about planning for your new home or remodeling project.


For more information about Hickory North Carolina visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com


For more information about living Green in Hickory visit www.HickoryGreenHomes.com


About the Author: 

Mike Kelly Jr. is a cerified EcoBroker® in the Catawba Valley Area.

This is a value added service I offer to my clients. Contact me today to show your properties that are Built Green, have green energy saving aspects or could be remodeled green with your personal touch. If you own a green home and are ready to sell, list your home with me and I will market and sell your place to a green-minded buyer.

Adding Humidity Can Increase Energy Efficiency
March 12, 2009, 11:52 pm
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Written:  Mike Kelly Jr.  12/5/2008

You can save money and improve the comfort of your home if you increase the moisture content in your home. People are most comfortable at a relative humidity between 40-60%. In the winter the air inside your home is constantly recycled through your heating system which makes the air become very dry.  This dry air can create dry itchy skin, chapped lips, dry eyes, static electricity and other uncomfortable conditions. 

The drier air increases the rate of evaporation of body moisture from your skin.  Most people react by turning up the thermostat. The result is that you burn extra fuel trying to maintain a warmer temperature and the air will continue to become drier. It is important in the winter to try to add moisture to the air.  Studies have shown that if you maintain humidity in your home around 50% you can adjust your thermostat by as much as 5-7 degrees.  There are many options to adding humidity to your home, including whole house and portable humidifiers. 



For other great eco-friendly ideas visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com