BG.GreenHome_logoby Jennifer Roe

Are you interested in greening your home?  Do you want to save money and create a healthier environment for your family?  If so, plan now to attend Bethesda Green’s 4th annual Solar & Green Home Expo, Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 3 pm.

The event will be held at the Bethesda Green offices, 4825 Cordell Avenue, 2nd floor above the Capital One Bank. All are invited to attend this FREE community event, explore and participate in workshops, and discuss practical ways to green your home.

Representatives from the Montgomery Department of Environmental Protection Energy and Pepco will answer questions about costs, benefits, tax credits, and other incentives.  Learn about the advantages of going solar in your home!

Local green businesses will showcase products and services that can help homeowners go green.  Participating companies and organizations include: Solar Energy World, Standard Solar, ecobeco, Growing SOUL, Savenia Labs, A.I.R. Lawn Care, Bethesda Systems, Energy Squad.  Click here to see a complete list.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Composting 101: In Your Home or Backyard
  • Deep Green Homes, Living in Harmony with Nature and not the Utility Company
  • Community Solar Power Purchasing: Solar Power for the other 80%
  • County, State and Federal Tax Benefits for Energy Efficiency and Solar Power
  • Efficiency Incentives: Pepco Rebate Programs for 2013

Learn more about the Solar & Green Home Expo and see a detailed program schedule here.

Bethesda Green invites homeowners to Solar Bethesda, June 25

Become more energy independent, save on your utility bills and contribute to a healthier environment

Solar power has never been more affordable, thanks to technological advances and generous government rebates and tax credits. If you are a homeowner or commercial energy consumer, Solar Bethesda is a free, one-day event where you can have your questions answered by solar experts. Learn about solar costs, benefits, rebates and tax credits; hear from neighbors about their experience with solar power or solar hot water; check your home’s solar readiness with satellite mapping; and meet with local solar contractors.

Peggy Dennis, President of the Montgomery County Civic Federation, attended the inaugural Solar Bethesda in 2010 and, as a homeowner with recently installed solar panels, is participating in a residential roundtable discussion at this year’s event.

“Coming to Solar Bethesda last summer gave me the inspiration and information I needed to go forward with the process of having solar panels installed,” said Dennis. “The companies I worked with were great at making everything from paperwork to installation go very smoothly, and now we’re enjoying the benefit of having electric bills that are almost non-existent.”

Sponsors and exhibitors include leading solar solution providers, as well as other energy and financing experts from the public and private sectors, including lead sponsors Standard Solar, Kenergy Solar, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, and Solar Energy World.

Solar Bethesda takes place Saturday, June 25, 10 am – 4 pm at Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Avenue, Suite 200, above the Capital One Bank at the corner of Cordell and Woodmont in Bethesda. Attendance is free and we will have activities for the kids. Please RSVP at

by Rebecca Blaskopf

On August 5, Bethesda Green held its monthly happy hour at Union Jack’s in Bethesda, MD.  The room was filled with both new and old faces, as well as great conversation and social networking.  With $1 Miller Lites and $5 pizzas, it was no wonder that the event had such a great turn out.

Along with great food and drink deals, the event hosted some interesting and knowledgeable companies.  Members of the Potomac Conservatory were present, and gave out valuable information about what is occurring in our water systems.  A Solar Energy World representative was also in attendance, as it sponsored the entire event.  Not only did Solar Energy World represent the importance of alternative energy, but it also supplied appetizers and reusable bags for all in attendance.

Even though those appetizers did run out early, the connections and the wonderful conversations continued until the event ended.  Overall, the happy hour raised valuable funds to keep Bethesda Green helping others to learn about sustainable lifestyles as well as help other small environmental businesses grow.  Thank you to all who attended; we hope you had as wonderful a time as we did!  And for those who missed out, make sure to make it to our next happy hour, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 2 at Yamas Mediterranean Grill.  See our Meetup page for details.

Rebecca Blaskopf is a Bethesda Green intern and student at the University of Michigan.

Join Bethesda Green for casual conversation and social networking

Summer heat got your down?  Cool off with us at Union Jack’s British Pub

Thursday, August 5, 5 – 8 pm

Union Jack’s British Pub
4915 St. Elmo Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Enjoy selected appetizers courtesy of our sponsor Solar Energy World

Discount drinks and food

Hear a short presentation from Ralph Smith, owner of Smith Design/Construction and member, Bethesda Green Board of Directors

Learn about The Fish Mystery: What’s in Our Water? Potomac Conservancy campaign

Union Jack’s Gift Certificate raffle

A contribution of $5 is requested at the door

Union Jack’s will donate 10 percent of sales to Bethesda Green

RSVP through Bethesda Green Meetup