Bedford Homes to Participate in Energy Open House on Saturday, October 5


By Kim Siebert MacPhail

Ledgewood Drive resident Joel Parks and Hillside Avenue residents Dave and Suzy Enos are two of the registered hosts for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Green Buildings Open House, scheduled to take place this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 am-2 pm. The Green Buildings Open House Energy Tour is in its 14th year and is the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeastern United States.

A promotional description of the event on the NESEA website says that the open house tour gives “hundreds of sustainability-minded property owners” the opportunity to “open their doors to visitors interested in seeing sustainability features first hand” and “engage in face-to-face discussions with property owners and learn from the knowledge and expertise they have gained from installing and living with these technologies.”

As for the Bedford participants, this is the third year that both have been stops on the tour. The Parks home showcases a 2.4 kW solar photovoltaic system that was installed in 2004 and has the capacity to supply between 25-49% of the family’s electricity needs. Owner Joel Parks is happy to answer questions about solar energy, generally, and about the particular equipment and system he chose to install.

Dave and Suzy Enos performed a deep energy retrofit on their 1875 home, installing 9.9kW solar photovoltaic panels that supply 100% of the couple’s electricity, hot water, heating and cooling needs. The garage of the residence also serves as an electric car battery charging station. The Enos’ have “super-insulated” the house using a variety of methods and materials: double wall, spray foam, foam board, and hard pack cellulose.

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