Links to companies or other websites of interest
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
The United States Green Building Council is the most recognized NGO in the country as regards "Green" building. Their mission, of providing a clearing house for information, as well as for managing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process makes the USGBC uniquely qualified to aid homeowners, contractors and builders in facilitating energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction.
The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)
The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), a part of Connecticut Innovations, Inc., is the states information resource regarding renewable energy of all types. From Hydrogen Fuel Cells to Photovoltaics, as well as Solar Thermal and Geothermal, CEFIA is aiding communities, businesses and individuals by providing education regarding and incentives for renewable energy projects throughout the state!
Washington Supply is very grateful for a grant provided by the CEFIA for our 14.5 kilowatt combined photovoltaic and solar thermal array. Thanks to the CEFIA, we have been able to lower our CO2 emissions and our energy bills. It's without a doubt one of the best programs in the county supporting the creation of new jobs in alternative energy, as well as for educating the public on what works to help us all move towards energy independence.
Atlantis Energy Systems
Atlantis Energy Systems are manufacturing some of the most innovative Building Integrated Photovoltaic Products (BIPV) in the country. As well, their panels were featured as the roofing material on the "Green" house that was built on the display court at the Bejing 2008 Summer Olympics. The innovative BIPV SS6 (The SolarSlate) is on display here on the "Green" house in the main store, and their MegaSlate is installed as part of the 14.5 kW outside plant on our Pine Shed.
Riverbend Wood Floor Company - Reclaimed and Recycled Lumber
Riverbend reclaims timber, siding and flooring from industrial structures throughout the northern United States. Washington Supply displays samples of their flooring, including Pine, Hickory, Elm, Oak and Maple recovered from structures. See how beautiful aged woods can be!
California Paints (not from California... it's a long story) have been creating great products since 1926. Their exterior house paints (2010 product line) have been recognized by Consumer Reports as their Number 1 pick! Check out their e-VISUALIZER™ color visualization system which allows one to imagine how different colors will look in different room settings, and when the user downloads the software, they can actually use it with their own home photographs! See how California's complete line for interior and exterior applications can improve the appearance of your project!
Mythic Paints got their start by providing paint to the General Services Administration to redo the interior of the Pentagon. The specifications were rigorous, as the product had to pass tests both for toxicity as well as durability. The rest is history. Mythic was brought to the world as a product with legendary performance and zero toxicity. Washington Supply uses only zero-VOC tints, so there is never an odor. Test it for yourself, with the availability of small samples here at the store.
Summer Classics Furniture and Accessories
As a result of changes in Smith and Hawken distribution, Washington Supply decided to stock and display the Summer Classics furniture line beginning in 2009! Get a preview of the line here on their website, and stop by to see which products we will be stocking and displaying this coming spring.
Foard Panel - Innovators in SIP Manufacturing
Foard, based in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire are manufacturers of SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) which can create some of the tightest "building envelopes" seen in residential or commercial construction. Washington Supply is proud to have partnered with Foard to offer SIP panels to consumers and building professionals looking to create highly energy efficient building envelopes
Litchfield Hills Solar
Washington Supply is proud to partner with Litchfield Hills Solar to provide alternative energy solutions to our customers. Both Ray Furse and James Laporta of Litchfield Hills Solar are located here in Northwest Connecticut, so configuring your project is simple and timely. Litchfield Hills Solar worked with Washington Supply on the design and installation of our own 14.5 kW Photovoltaic Plant that came on-line in January, 2010. Click on the "What Is This" link on the home page to see the array and the information coming from it!
Eastern Retractable Awnings
In use at the White House, Grand Central Station, and innumerable fine homes throughout the world, Eastern Retractable Awning is the Rolls Royce of awnings. Handcrafted in their factory in Watertown, Connecticut, Eastern Awnings has considered what can potentially go wrong with an awning system, and engineered a solution to avoid it! From the Patented Urethane Compression Shoulder Joint to all stainless steel parts and cables, these systems are built the old fashioned way - with quality and consideration.
Pfister Energy provides Solar Hot Water Systems which are integrated into building architecture without compromising design aesthetics. Pfister Energy believes it can help increase the adoption of solar energy systems through the advantages of structural integration into homes and commercial/industrial buildings. We here at Washington Supply have incorporated the Pfister Energy System into our new roof and photovoltaic display on our pine shed - all of which are up and operational and available for you to see. This system provides heat to our Outdoor Living center. A display of the Pfister Energy System is located in the "Green" house in our main retail store. We can provide customers with design and installation services for this invisible way to reduce your heating needs for hot water or radiant flooring.
BE Solar Energy
Washington Supply now sells and installs Solar Thermal systems from BE Solar Energy. The combination of low prices, high product quality, and state / federal incentives make now the time to consider a Solar Thermal system! Incentives are available for systems that produce your domestic hot water, but systems for home or pool heating can also save a great deal of money over time. Stop by to see our installed system here at the store, or have us come by your home for a free site evaluation and estimate.
Heliocol Solar Pool Heating
Probably your quickest return on investment in renewable energy systems! A Lifetime warranty and the Sun pair up to make this one of the best decisions since you decided to install your pool. We are Authorized Dealers for the Heliocol System, used on the Olympic venues, major resorts and competitive swimming arenas throughout the world, and we install!
The 3/50 Project
An NGO encouraging consumers to "shop local". We all make a difference in our communities when we keep our dollars closer to home....
The Villages of Washington
Washington, Connecticut is made up of 5 different "villages" - Washington, Washington Depot, New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville - each with their own distinctive hubs and vibrant businesses. We are members of the Washington Business Association (WBA), and the "Villages of Washington" is the website of the association. It's a great resource for information regarding shops, restaurants, business professionals, residential services, health and fitness and culture and arts. It also has numerous links to other websites, particularly the members of the WBA and area activities. Worth a visit!
Ives Brothers Painting Ives Brothers Painting, Inc.
Alan and Paul Ives have worked to create a new paradigm in applying finishes. They call it "PrepSafe", and the benefit is all for the consumer, as they minimize or eliminate dust created through the preparation work, and use Zero VOC paints which perform like traditional coatings, without the harmful off-gassing that comes as the paint cures. More information is available by clicking on their logo.