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



Purchase Carbon Offsets from Duke Energy

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

Whether it’s driving, flying or turning on the air conditioner, our daily activities produce carbon dioxide emissions. Participation in the Carbon Offset Program is an easy and inexpensive way to balance out, or “offset” the environmental consequences produced by our energy-intensive lifestyles.

The Carbon Offset Program can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Through Duke Energy’s partnership with NC GreenPower, a non-profit organization, you can purchase carbon offsets to support programs that reduce or prevent the release of carbon dioxide emissions. NC GreenPower evaluates each program using strict criteria established by the Environmental Defense Fund.

  • A carbon offset may be purchased for $4 per month, which will offset 500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • The average residential customer uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month.
  • By purchasing two carbon offsets each month for $8, you can balance your home’s carbon output.
  • You may also elect to purchase additional offsets to help compensate for the emissions from driving, flying, etc.

Duke Energy will match your contribution by partnering with their customers to reduce carbon emissions and protect our world for future generations. For the first $4 carbon offset each customer buys, Duke Energy will match the contribution to NC GreenPower up to $1 million through 2009.

To read more information about the Carbon Offset Program – Click Here 

To purchase a Carbon Offset – Click Here


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


I am a cerified EcoBroker® in the Catawba County 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.

Wyke’s Cleaners Eco-Friendly in Hickory

Written by:  Mike Kelly Jr.  11/24/2008

I have been using Wyke’s Cleaners on 127 in Hickory for over a year now.  I am very excited that they have embraced the eco friendly movement.  They offer GREEN bags (a reusable dry cleaning bag – it switches from duffel bag to haul laundry to suit bag to bring home the garments)  for your dry cleaning instead of the plastic dry cleaner bags. They also allow customers to return the wire hangers to be recylced and reused.


 Make sure you check out this great local company. For more great “Green” information or resources please check out my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com