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New Tax Credits for Green Home Improvements

These days I'm in a thrifty way. A lot of us are. That's why I'm thrilled about all the tax incentives available to help us with the sometimes high costs of going green. The information below was taken from a Hartford Courant article entitled "Saving Green By Going Green" written by David Funkhouser and published November 23, 2008. I thought it was good reading, and a reminder that even though I got a quote of $10,000 to put up solar panels for a hot water system, I can get a tax credit of $2000, which sounds good to me! It's definitely an investment, and in this case, a long-term one before realizing any savings, but seeing as how we don't have plans to move anytime soon (infact I'm sure my husband plans on staying in this house forever) it's something we've investigated. http://www.courant.com/business/realestate/hc-hreenergycredit1123.artnov23,0,1500803.story Here's a summary of the programs out there: Federal Tax Incen

The Courant's Rick Green's article on Smart Growth

As a Realtor, I can't possibly be against development. It wouldn't make any sense for me to be in this business. I do believe that some developments (including commercial developments) are better planned and executed than others, and that some are downright awful. I also believe that development can be done responsibly, following the ideas of smart growth. A great, GREAT resource for information on this is http://www.smartgrowth.org/ Locally, we have an advocate group for responsible development, 1,000 Friends of Connecticut. I feel their input is important because, among other things, they are encouraging discussions about what the Connecticut of the future will look like. The Hartford Courant's Rick Green wrote an article on Sept. 11, 2008 discussing 1,000 Friends of Connecticut and their new "smart growth scorecard" that I found interesting. The article can be viewed at: http://www.courant.com/news/local/columnists/hc-rgreen0909.art.artsep09,0,5849117.column

Nobel Peace Prize Winner to speak on Global Warming in Portland

Andy Bauer, the Portland Clean Energy Task Force Chair sent me this post last night. Join the Portland Clean Energy Task Force as we are pleased to host: Gary Yohe: Stories from the IPCC Global Warming is the overriding environmental threat of our time, and the cost to deal with it gets steeper as we delay action. Hear Portland's own Gary Yohe (co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change) explain the economic details. Q & A to follow the presentation. When: Tuesday, September 16, 7:00pm Where: Portland Library, 20 Freestone Ave, Portland, CT 06480 Free and Open to the public.