Contacts and directions to Tour Sites
Please be considerate of the host of these homes. If the weather is inclement or
the conditions are wet or muddy please remove your shoes before entering the
homes. PLEASE, don't not show up at someone's house except for the day of the
tour and only visit within the hours of the tour, 1000 to 1600. I want to extend
thanks to all the host for taking time out of their busy lives and opening up
their homes to the public.
Additional, if you know of anyone
that has a green home or renewable energy system in their home or camp/cottage
please let us know so we can add them to the tour for next year.
sites are in alphabetical order by the host home last name.
Note: Please check our web site right
up to the day of the event for any last minute changes. The reason being is we
have had last minute cancellations in the past. Family emergencies is just one example.
Nancy Allinger and Duane Basch
215 Scofield Road, Mendon
(Honeoye Falls mailing address)
This home is a two-story home built in 1995.
The house is built into a natural knoll so that the north side of the lower
level is below ground, taking advantage of the earth as a temperature moderator.
South facing windows are used for direct solar gain, and the number and size of
the north-facing windows is minimized. Compact fluorescent lighting is used
throughout the house to reduce electrical energy requirements, and all
phantom-load appliances are either eliminated completely or isolated by a manual
switch. The home is heavily insulated with high-density Fiberglas batts and
rigid foam board insulation. The house has been tested and certified to meet NY
E-Star requirements for insulation, air infiltration and appliance efficiency.
Insulating window treatments are used on windows throughout to reduce night-time
heat loss. Recycled, recyclable and low environmental impact products were used
during construction to the extent possible. Electricity is generated by eighteen
60 watt PV panels coupled by a Whisper 900 watt wind generator and battery
Rochester: Go south on 390 to exit 11. Turn left on to Route 15. Turn left at
light on to Route 251. In Rush at light, turn right on to 15A. About one mile on
left is Scofield Road. Driveway is on right about ½ mile down, just past a
Town of Mendon sign. Drive is the middle one of three that converge at the road.
From Brighton area: take Clover (Route 65) south to Route 251. Turn right.
At fork, go straight on to Junction Road. Take Junction to the end. Turn left on
to Plains Road. Next right is Scofield. We are second driveway past Old French
Road (on left). Drive is the middle one of three that converge at the road.
Ray and Cindy Bahr
Farrell Road Extension
West henrietta NY 14586
This is the home that was featured on WROC 8/FOX
Rochester's "Go Green"
segment on Thursday 1 October.
Please note that this home is only open til 1430(2:30PM) on Saturday
home was build in the early 90's and the family's electrical usage is about
5,000Kwhrs annually, which is just below the average home. This home
incorporates solar hot water, thick window treatments on the southern side and
radiant floor heating. The home owners' intent is to eventually go Off-Grid once
the contract of three years is fulfilled with NYSERDA. The PV system is roof
mounted but only because there was no other place to locate the array. They have
battery backup for the periods when the Grid/Utility is down.
Located off of East River Road near the NYS Thruway. From the 390 expressway
exit of Leigh Station Road go left under the bridge on to Leigh Station Road.
Take to the end and turn left on East River Road. Go about 2 miles and just
before the NYS Thruway overpass on your right is Farrel Road. Follow this to the
end and it wraps around to the left. Just after the wrap around on your right is
the mail box with the address 540. The home sits back in. For parking you may
want to stay parked out at the street.
and Barb Castle
Belmont NY 14813
beautiful log home retreat is a great example of how one family has brought
tourism, sustainability and the environment together to offer an escape from the
noise of civilization. Their example of old-school craftsmanship and independent
living makes the most of solar electricity, a compost recycling system, organic
gardening and gravity fed spring water. Small scale solar electric equipment but
still a great place to visit.
From the 390 expressway exit on to the Southern Tier Expressway to Exit 32 West
Almond Exit. At the end of the ramp you come to a "T". Head down the hill and
take a direct left after the blue metal building onto the gravel road. You will
see the clearly marked sign for SOUTH ROAD/Pollywogg Hollër. Take this gravel
road approximately 2 ½ miles. As you descend the backside of the hill you will
see the Pollywogg Hollër office on the left (a one story ranch-style house) set
back 100 ft. Pull in the driveway, you have made it to Pollywogg Hollër - or -
continue 100 yards to a small lot on the right, leave your car here, and follow
the trails through the woods to the main lodge.
Peter & Susan DeDuck
62 Rio Grande Drive
North Chili, NY 14514
This is a newly constructed energy star rated
contemporary home facing true south. Over 150 square feet of south facing glass
overlooks a semi-formal flower garden. The newly added 5kW Photovoltaic system
supplies all of our electricity needs, but is discretely sited on the back roof
where it is not readily visible. Extensive use of ceramic tile adds heat
absorbing mass, as do the granite counters. Extensive use of LED lighting, as
well as compact fluorescent lighting and timers contribute to an annual
electricity consumption of under 5,000 kWh. If you love details, the
photovoltaic system is continuously monitored during operation, and the owner
has a large number of charts that show how the system has performed, how they
use electricity, plus much more information. The 5 kW Photovoltaic System
consists of Sharp ND-167U1F Modules and a Sunny Boy Grid Tied Inverter and
utilizes the Sunny Boy Control Software running on a PC for continuous
From I-490, take Exit 4 (259 Union Street) and go south on Union Street. If you
are traveling west, this will be a left turn onto Union Street from the ramp
(right turn if traveling east). Travel straight through the light crossing
Chili Avenue (route 33A). Take the second left onto Union Station Road. Then
take your first right onto Reading Road. At the tee intersection, go right onto
Rio Grande Drive. You need to take your next left onto the continuation of Rio
Grande Drive. Our Home, 62 Rio Grande Drive, is the third house on the right. It
is gray two story contemporary with a porch. The location will be marked with
balloons or some other marker. Note if you are using Google maps, it shows #62
in the wrong place (close but wrong).
28 Woodlyn Way
Penfield NY 14526
A highly successful 1970's vintage solar hot water system is on display near
Rochester, NY. This provides domestic hot water heating for a family of four. It
is still in operation with a unique controller customized for operation in cold
climates. It is estimated to save about $250 - $300 in annual hot water heating
From the intersections
of Rt. 441 (Penfield, Rd.) and Rt. 250 drive North on Rt. 250 to Whalen Rd, turn
left. Continue to Jackson Rd. Extension, turn right. Next right is Woodlyn Way
Pat & David Haines
Historic Adams Basin Inn
425 Washington St
Adams Basin, NY 14410
historic 1800's bed and breakfast features a 4Kw SunPower electric system. The
system is projected to off set 40% of this homes electric usage.
The building was used as a general store, post office, hotel,
tavern, private home, abandoned for 50 years, antique store, and since 1984 a
B&B. This is one of the only homes
on the Erie Canal to feature a solar PV system, water saving devices, weather
stripping and other renewable energy features!
From Rochester take the 531 Expressway heading towards Brockport. Exit at Route
36 and head north. You will cross Route 31. Continue north on Route 36 and cross
the canal. After crossing the canal the Inn is on your left.
and Sue LaBine
290 Genesee Street
Avon NY 14414
An excellent example of how a beautiful 100 year old Victorian home can be
transformed into an energy efficient, up to date home. Just completed is a
recently added super efficient 24'x24' family room so you will be able to see
some of the best in renovation and new construction. Other outstanding features
include "stealth" passive solar design, double wall/staggered stud construction,
super-windows with window quilts, composting toilet, endless-shower heat
This home incorporates 3000 watts of utility-intertied
PV. Solar Hot Water (panels installed, awaiting plumbing), solar hot air (panels
installed, awaiting “plumbing”), passive-solar addition features
super-insulation, super windows, thermal mass (tile floor), window quilts. New
this year is our Bio-Diesel processor - used to make fuel from used fryer
grease. Electric vehicles include an electric bike, G.E. Elec-trak tractor and
electric John Deere riding lawn mower. Our passive solar workshop/garage
features lots of insulation, south facing windows, thermal mass, solar hot air
and a stand-alone solar electric system.
Directions: From I-390 (about 10 mile south of Rochester)
take Routes 5 & 20 west to Avon’s traffic circle (about 2.5 miles). Go south at
the traffic circle (a “left” if you will) onto Genesee Street. Our (yellow)
house is on the left (east) side of the street about .5 miles from the traffic
circle. Some stair climbing required.
Shawn & Lori Lessord
73 Valleyview Drive
Brockport NY 14420
Our home has had many renewable energy improvements
over the past several years. Such improvements have included a 1K off grid solar
electric system powering all of our homes lighting. Air-X wind turbine in a
residential development, Takagi Instant hot water heater, over 50 energy saving
lights, The most up to date energy efficient Refrigerator, Solar Doorbell, Solar
Barbie jeep for the kids, and even Solar shed lighting!
Directions: From the 490 west expressway exit on to RT531
West. Continue till the end, which will be Washington Street where you will make
a right hand turn. You will then take and immediate left on Route 31. Follow RT
31 west until you get to Route 260 (Sweden Walker Road) where you will turn
right (north). Follow RT 260 until you come to RT104. Then turn left (West) on
Route 104 for about 2 miles. (If you get to RT19 you have gone to far) You will
see a John Deere dealer on left, shortly after that you will see Sherwood Drive
on you left. Turn on to Sherwood and go to the stop sign. You will then take
another left on to Valleyview Drive and we are # 73 which is the fourth home on
the left hand side.
John & Sue O'Neil
119 Meadowbrook Road
Rochester NY 14620
Our 60-year old Cape Cod features a grid-tied
3.68 kW PV system, Energy Star appliances, high efficiency furnace, extensive
use of CFLs, new windows, improved insulation, a composite deck, a Certified
Wildlife Habitat and an organic garden.
I-490 to S. Goodman St. (exit 17), turn south on
Goodman, continue to Highland Ave and turn right. The third street on the left
is Meadowbrook Road, we're about 2/3 down the street on the right. Street
parking and stair climbing.
1147 Dalton Road
Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
Features: This new to
2007 solar home consists of a 3420 watt solar powered, battery based grid
connected system. The two solar arrays are backyard mounted on two Power-Fab top
of pole mounts with each array consisting of (9) 190 watt Evergreen Solar
modules per pole. The PV system is backyard mounted, alone with a custom
designed wind turbine, using a 48 Volt power system and 1200 watts of wind
generating power for lighting, and other backed up power appliances. The Balance
of system includes an Outback Power system (Outback mate, (2) MX-60 charge
controllers, GVFX-3648 power inverter, with four M/K agm sealed batteries. Other
neat items include a Davis Vantage Pro Web linked w/ server, Over 20 Compact
Florescent bulbs, Christmas lights - some wired 48 volt DC, A SunRise Solar
GBL850 11 watt solar 12" gable vent fan, Energy Star Washer and much more!
North – Take I-390 S to Exit 11 Rush/Route 15, left onto Rt15 South, follow
about 2 miles to flashing light at Honeoye Falls#6 Rd, turn left and follow HF#6
East about 3 miles till Dalton Rd on right, just after large rock quarry. House
is 3rd house on left, ½ mile south of HF#6.
From South –
Take I-390 N to Exit 10 Avon/Route 5&20, right onto Rt5&20 East, follow for
about 3 miles till village of Lima limits, turn Left onto Dalton Rd, we are 2
miles North on Right
Directions- we are close to corner (light) of Honeoye Falls #6 Rd (main street
Honeoye Falls) and Route 15A(Between Rush and Lima) , follow HF#6 West ½ mile to
Dalton Rd on left. House is 3rd house on left, ½ mile south of HF#6.
street parking on circle up at house.
Chris Schaefer’s Solar & Wind
(Fingerlakes Green Homes Tour Coordinator)
5115 South Hill Road
Canandaigua NY 14424
Training Center web page
intersection of Routes 5 & 20 and Route 64 (know as Toomeys Corners) head
south on 64, towards the town of Bristol (Bristol Center) just north of the
Bristol Mountain Ski Resort also on Route 64. Once it slows down to 40 MPH start
looking for County Road 32. It is your first right hand turn at the gas station.
Continue ½ mile up road and over the top of your first steep hill. South Hill
Road will be on your left. Turn here and proceed 2.1 miles. On your left is a
sign that hangs over the road that reads ‘Schaefer’s Acres’, 5115 South Hill
Road. Drive in about a ½ mile past the lake on your right and you will see the
clay colored Design/Training Center.
If using the NYS
Thruway from the West, get off at the Canandaigua exit number 44, known as
Route 332. Follow this all the way through main street Canandaigua. Next turn
right on Routes 5 & 20. Go approximately 4 miles to the intersection of Route 64
(know as Toomeys Corners) head south on 64, towards the town of Bristol (Bristol
Center) just north of the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort also on Route 64. Once it
slows down to 40 MPH start looking for County Road 32. It is your first right
hand turn at the gas station. Continue ½ mile up road and over the top of your
first steep hill. South Hill Road will be on your left. Turn here and proceed
2.1 miles. On your left is a sign that hangs over the road that reads
‘Schaefer’s Acres’, 5115 South Hill Road. Drive in about a ½ mile past the lake
on your right and you will see the clay colored Design/Training Center.
If using the NYS Thruway from the
East, get off at the Manchester exit number 43, known as Route 21. Follow
this all the way to main street Canandaigua (known as Route 332) and turn left.
Follow through town and turn right on Routes 5 & 20. Go approximately 4 miles to
the intersection of Route 64 (know as Toomeys Corners) head south on 64, towards
the town of Bristol (Bristol Center) just north of the Bristol Mountain Ski
Resort also on Route 64. Once it slows down to 40 MPH start looking for County
Road 32. It is your first right hand turn at the gas station. Continue ½ mile up
road and over the top of your first steep hill. South Hill Road will be on your
left. Turn here and proceed 2.1 miles. On your left is a sign that hangs over
the road that reads ‘Schaefer’s Acres’, 5115 South Hill Road. Drive in about a ½
mile past the lake on your right and you will see the clay colored
1954 Brace Road
Victor NY 14512
This home has a newly installed Bergey Excel 10 Kw. Because of the wind
generator the home owner is planning to replace the base board hot water,
propane system with electric base board. Below you will find some of the wind
height/type: 120’ Guided Lattice, Total height: 133’ to tip of blade, Tower to
withstand: 120 mph winds, Blade length: 11’ long (23’ diameter), Wind min:
generates @ 7.5mph, Wind max: furling @ 36mph, Estimated. Production per year:
11,000kW, Batteries: None / Grid-tied, Installed: 5-22-2008, Estimated life: 30+
years, Est. payback period: 14 years, Cost: $56,000 (1/2 paid by NYSERDA) No
pollution: offsets 1.2 tons of air pollutants and 200 tons of greenhouse gases
From south: Take Route 5&20 to
McCann Road (between Cooley Road and Wheeler Station Road) (between Canandaigua
and Bloomfield) Take McCann Road north. Go straight at the stop sign onto Brace
Road. Wind turbine is approx 1.9 miles after the stop sign on the left.
From north: Take Route 96 to village of
Victor. Go south on Route 444 (Maple St) out of Victor. At traffic light turn
left onto Boughton Hill Road. Go .5 miles and turn right onto Brace Road. Wind
turbine is approx 2.0 miles down Brace on the right.
and Cheryl Tierson
6733 Pressler Road
Naples NY 14512
A newly built 5000 sqft passive solar home which is completely “Off-Grid”. Note
the utility high tension lines at the back of the property. A great example of
how a family of four can have all the conveniences of a utility powered home
with out the monthly bill. 2.64Kw of PV with a backup propane fired generator
and batteries used to store the access energy.
As you come from Rochester and arrive in the village of Naples, continue south
on Route 21 and as you leave the village follow Route 53 south. Just about a
mile past the intersection of Route 21 and 53 on the left hand side you will see
Pressler Road. Go to the end and turn right on to the stone drive and go to the
end and you will see the home.
6411 Silver Hill Road
Newark, NY 14513
This home located in Newark New York features the
latest in solar photovoltaic technology. Thirty Evergreen solar modules are the
power generation of this system, with the panels’ roof mounted. The power
inverter is a Sunny Boy SMA is a 6000U. Total wattage of this system is 5700
watts of grid connected power. This customer is using this solar generated power
to charge his electric cars, yes you heard this right, his electric cars.
THIS CUSTOMER IS ALSO OFFERING ELECTRIC
CAR RIDES TO THOSE INTERESTED. Other items of interest are the
electric vehicles that this collector has a Solectra electric car, and even a
natural gas vehicle! Home was built in 1984 and is 1100 sq feet with a wood
burning fireplace. This home also has energy CF lighting. The solar PV system
was installed by Rochester Solar Technologies a division of O'Connell Electric
Starting at the intersection of route 31 and route 88 in the town of Newark,
head south on route 88 (towards Phelps). As you crest the large hill leading out
of town near the Ultra Battery plant Silver Hill Road will be on your left. Go
one mile to stop sign and then continue through. Second house on the left after
the stop sign.
parking, Stair climbing required