Life After Ecobroker - A Step Into the Community

Real Estate Agent with Page Taft Real Living

Having completed the Ecobroker course, I became interested in what the community was doing to promote green building and clean energy.  After a Google search, I found that there is a committee in my own town (Essex Committee for Clean Energy, ECCE) and that they were looking for members!  It turns out that they are promoting clean energy in our community and are marketing to residents to sign up for the clean energy option with our local utility company.  Once your town pledges 10% clean energy by 2010 The State of Connecticut has a "Clean Energy Fund" that offers any town a 5 kw solar power system for every 100 people that sign up for the Clean Energy Option - which adds $6 to $8 per month to your utility bill to support energy from hydro, wind and methane gas emmissions.  I learned that we reached 100 sign-ups about 6 months ago and the state funded a photovoltaic system on a building at our recycling center.

Solar System at Essex Recycling Center

If your town has not committed to the clean energy initiative, why not find let your selectman know about the program.  There are plenty of web sites that can be used as a reference; I suggest you start with the following link: and learn more about what your town can do to make our planet a better place to live.


Comments (1)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed, I had not heard of this before.  Glad to see that Essex is being pro-active and being one of the first town to implement this.

Sep 03, 2008 01:40 PM