Green Homes and Smart Homes – moving faster than the speed of light…



The Best Solar Energy Companies – by Zachary Shahan, Solar Energy Contributing Editor

  • We’ve known light could be turned into electricity since 1839 when French physicist, A. E. Becquerel, discovered the photovoltaic effect. It wasn’t until the 1950s, however, that the first solar cells were available commercially, when Bell Labs produced them for use in outer space.
  • In the decades since, improvements in solar technology have been tremendous, as have drops in solar power cost. Since 1977, the price of solar panels has dropped approximately 100 times over, and solar power is now cheaper than power from the grid for billions of people. Many consumers are turning to solar energy to save money with this renewable energy source.


Howard County


Don’t Squeeze the Bees
Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability
Howard County Planning & Zoning – Green Building & Neighborhood Resources
Howard County Rainbarrels
Howard County Conservancy
Howard County EcoTourism

Maryland Farmers Market Directory
MAEOE MD Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
MAEOE MD Green Schools Directory
Maryland GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator)Solar Power Incentives in Maryland

Recycling Out

Ants – How to Great Rid of Ants Naturally
Fresh Green Image – Supporting and Celebrating Your Journey to Green – LOTS of resources! – Relevant Information about Pollution in YOUR community – by zip code
The Windowfarms ProjectStraw Bale HouseBug of the – Featuring something new regularly!
TerraLogos Home Energy AuditsMy Environment (enter your zip code)
Green Shopping Guide
How to Create a Zero Waste Donate your used books: Did you know that you can take books to your local Howard County Library branch to donate – and they’ll give you a tax receipt for your deduction at tax time — AND then you’ll have room on your shelves for MORE books?
CSA: Breezy Willow Farm
CSA: The Zahradka Farm

Wow! Beautiful lights from recycled traffic lights!

Energy Star Hotels

Recycling Outs
Worms in your KitchenComposting Primer – love the solar light choices for outside!