Douglas VanderHorn

VanderHorn releases green homes video series

Douglas VanderHorn, a Greenwich architect noted for combining contemporary innovations with traditional styles, shares his insights into how some of New England’s greatest homes are embracing green technologies and sustainable materials in his new YouTube channel, which addresses green and sustainable trends in Greenwich and Fairfield County.

The video series, titled “Green Technologies & Sustainable Materials Are Here to Stay,” is part of the at home in Fairfield County “Designer Insight” panel discussion. In the video series, VanderHorn tackles such topics as green alternatives to conventional mechanical home building systems and how smart home technology contributes to green and sustainable design.

The videos also offer insight into other green and sustainable topics, including the best green strategies for buying and installing windows, using green technologies during renovation of an older home, and the top building features in use today in sustainable home design. For more information, visit

Hocon Gas services Fairfield County

Hocon Gas, a family owned business that has sold, installed, and serviced clients throughout Fairfield County since 1952, advocates the use of propane gas for heat and hot water, generators, stoves, space heaters, fireplace inserts and logs, and more.

Propane is an approved clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act, according to officials for the company, and substituting propane for other fuels such as gasoline and fuel oil is an economical and viable step toward cleaner air. “Using propane helps to reduce the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide,” spokesman for the company explain. “American Propane production also keeps quality jobs in our country … As of 2012, more than 145,000 workers across the U.S. are employed in propane trade, wholesale, and sales. And America produces more than enough propane to meet demand. Propane is an abundant bridge fuel, making it a clean-burning alternative to gasoline and diesel that can address energy challenges while long-term renewable technologies are developed.”

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‘HOW Green Is’ program helps save money

New Haven houses of worship (HOW) are invited to cut energy costs and increase comfort for free with the “HOW Green Is” program, a joint effort offered through the Energize Connecticut initiative by United Illuminating (UI), a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HOW Green Is was developed to allow New Haven houses of worship to become energy-efficient and cost-effective by identifying strengths and weaknesses in energy usage.

Houses of worship receive a 1-100 Energy Star score through a no-cost audit performed as part of the program. This information is compared against peer buildings to identify cost-effective energy-saving solutions. Data is uploaded to an Energy Star benchmarking portfolio that helps track energy usage, analyze results and provide appropriate solutions. Furthermore, HOW Green Is offers energy efficiency education to ensure continued success after the program has concluded.

“How Green Is offers an opportunity for members of the New Haven faith community to reduce their environmental impact and directly invest in their financial futures,” says Sheri Borrelli, Clean Energy Communities program manager at United Illuminating. “This program is instrumental in exposing and rectifying the underlying issues generating increases in energy costs.”

Participants also have access to financial incentives and payment plans for future upgrades and further energy savings through the Small Business Energy Advantage Program.

Those interested in participating may contact Dr. Amy Thompson at 203-747-1254 or [email protected] For more information on any of the energy-saving programs offered through the Energize Connecticut initiative, call 877-WISE-USE or visit

Norwalk Mattress continues to be green

Norwalk Mattress Company, located at 145 W. Cedar St., Norwalk, is celebrating being green for 99 years, company officials announced.

“Being green has been a way of life for Norwalk Mattress Company, even before it was politically correct,” says Patty Drew, president of the family owned and operated business. “We have been manufacturing green bedding sets since 1918, and our company continues to use the most natural products available from around the world.”

Inside the Norwalk factory, the business has bundles of burlap wrapped bales of natural cotton batting produced in the U.S., 7-foot long rolls of pure Joma Wool from New Zealand, and thick layers of Talalay Latex derived from the sap of the tropical rubber tree. “Our master craftsmen sew and tuft mattresses one at a time on giant wooden tables, producing the finest quality bedding sets insuring a ‘Dream in Green’ lifestyle,” Patty states.

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