• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Tour of Energy-Smart, Solar-Savvy Homes Includes A Net Zero Home- “Hampton Roads Solar Tour”

solar_tour  hampton roads vaAre you curious about updating your home with Solar power ? Want to see homes that have no electric bills ? Are you thinking of building a new home that incorporates solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce your monthly utility bills ?  Then make plans to take the 2010 Hampton Roads Solar Tour on Sept 25th and Sept 26th, 2010.

The Hampton Roads Solar Tour  allows people to learn first-hand about sustainable living at home, including not only solar power, but also wind, geothermal, high efficiency and low-impact building. It is part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES’) 15th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.  Last year, 150,000 people in 49 states and Puerto Rico participated.

This year the Hampton Roads Tour will be a two-day event.  On Saturday, September 25, thirteen sites in Southside Hampton Roads will be open for touring and on Sunday September 26 nine different sites on the Peninsula will be open.  The hours
will be from 10 AM to 4 PM either day, with the few exceptions noted in the
Programs.

Technologies have improved in recent years, solar module prices have dropped and credit markets have loosened to the point where folks are eager to explore their solar energy options

Studies show that for every $1 property owners invest in energy efficiency, they save $3 to $5 on the final cost of a solar energy solution.  It’s the fastest and easiest way to reduce energy bills and shrink one’s carbon footprint.  With enticing federal tax credits, billions of dollars in grants and loans, state-funded cash rebates and a groundswell of consumer support for sustainable solutions that promote energy independence, the economics of solar have never been more compelling — for businesses, public agencies, consumers or entrepreneurs.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to get a more personal view of many renewable energy projects, as well as sustainable living and housing techniques. .

The various homes display a wide range of green technologies, including solar and wind electric systems, solar hot water and pool heating, super-insulated and energy-efficient homes, LEED-certified homes, green (living) roofs, rain-water cisterns, native plant landscaping, rain gardens, geothermal, as well as passive heating, cooling and ventilation. Owners and volunteers are available at each home to explain the technologies; their advantages, disadvantages, and financial benefits.

hampton roads solar tourSelf-guided tours are free or if you prefer, you can take a guided tour on one of the buses for $10.00. This year’s sites, bus routes, as well as the tour’s start and end times, are listed in a brochure and available for download after registering. The brochure also includes detailed information about each site along with a map of their locations. 
To download registration information for the Southside Hampton Roads tour on September 25th, click here:
To download registration information for the Williamsburg/ Peninsula tour on September 26th, click here:

In addition, pre-tour events are planned at the Norfolk’s Ernie Morgan Environmental Center and the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Currently, planned events include educational and training seminars with demonstrations by experienced solar power installers and other green technology experts.

This tour is hosted by the Hampton Roads Solar Group In affiliation with the Hampton Roads Green Building Council,. For additional information , please click  here.

 

hampton roads solor home tour

Here are a few highlights of the Peninsula Tour:

Living Green House at the Va Living Museum  has a PV system, solar water heater, radiant heating, interactive fountain, day-lighting, passive solar architectural design elements. Many renewable technologies are demonstrated making it a great place to start your tour. 3-200 watt solar PV panels connect to the grid. An evacuated tube type solar water heater connects to a radiant floor heating system embedded in the slab concrete floor; portions are visible for the guests to view. Over 25 other green building techniques/products are also on display in this demonstration house.

Franck houseFranck Home –First Colony, Williamsburg
This newly completed home designed by local architect Roger Guernsey has three solar PV arrays containing a total of 36 Shuco 210 V MAU-1 panels. This 7.5 kw system is expected to generate on average about 30 kwh per day. It also has a closed loop geothermal heat pump. Energy efficiency features include: Triple layer insulation system in the roof and exterior walls, conditioned crawl space, low-e windows, and tankless water heater

 

Compass Rose -  Lanexa
This home features  a 4 kW Solar PV, Solar hot water panels capable of 350,000 btu, Radiant floor heating using the solar heated water, and ICF block construction with Icynene spray-in foam. Landscaping (using drought tolerant plants) slows water run off and rain barrels are in place. Solar tubes, natural lighting, and CFL are used in all rooms. The high efficiency of house results in an annual electric bill of ZERO. The home was designed and built by the owners. Explore it here

 

solar home in williamsburg va compass rose lanexa

 

Dolan House in  Newport News has an 8100 watt photovoltaic system consisting of 30 SunTech 270W panels with a pair of Solectria Inverters that produce an average of ~35kWh of electricity per day (Feb-Jul). It meets ~100% of the homes electrical needs via net metering on an annual basis.

Garden Atriums in Poquoson Features: “Net Zero” home, Passive solar heating, PV system, Rainwater harvesting, Eco-friendly décor, Xeriscaping, Day-lighting.
The house is cluster zoned to maximize land use. It is heated 100% by passive solar heating, and 100% of the electricity needs are met by photovoltaics. 95% of the water needs are met via rainwater harvesting. No off-gassing materials were used; it has zero VOC paints, dye-free carpets, and solid wood cabinets. The CO2 level is kept the same as outdoors via broad-leafed plants, and oxygen levels are much higher than outdoors. Air toxins are eliminated via indoor plants. The site is terraced to maximize water absorption; no irrigation is needed. Day-lighting is maximized for better eye health, and windows are minimized for improved sound insulation and quietness. Recycled granite veneers and wood floors are used throughout.

Two Sisters (Evans & Chapman) Homes in  Poquoson
These new homes utilize passive solar design, with deep overhangs and window placement to take advantage of the sun. They were constructed using SIPS panels and metal roofs. Windows are energy efficient. The house at 6 Bayview has a solar thermal system as well as a photovoltaic system. LEED certification has been applied for. Provisions have been made for a green roof in the future.

Ward House in  Williamsburg
Features: PV System, Solar water heating system, and Rainwater collection system.
The PV system which was originally installed in July 2009 with 16 – 200 watt panels and a 5000 watt inverter provided 25 percent of the household electricity use for the first year. In July 2010 8 more panels were added to bring the system up to 24 – 200 watt panels. The solar water heating system was installed in 2006 and has produced water temperatures as high as 165 degrees in the summer and 100 degrees in the winter. The "homemade" 600 gallon rainwater collection system captures rain from three downspouts and will refill with 1/2 inch of rain. With this rainwater supply, we rarely have to use the house water supply to water the plants.

Sizemore House –Graylin Woods, Williamsburg

This home had a solar hot water system installed in 2006 and a second collector was added in spring 2010. A grid-tied solar photovoltaic system (3.2 KW capacity, 16 panels) was installed in spring 2010. Both systems were installed by Solar Services of Virginia Beach. In the first month after installation, our net electricity usage was two-thirds less than the same month a year ago. With federal tax credit and state rebate, the homeowners expect to recover their investment in about seven years.

Virginia businesses and home owners can learn more about incentives and rebates here

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