Colebrook, Connecticut — Green Home For Sale

A very spacious, superbly energy efficient, highly insulated home, with passive solar design elements coupled with an active PV system plus an over sized solar thermal domestic hot water installation with radiant heating, in a lovely wooded setting.

Listing ID: 19737

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $399,990
Annual Property Tax $7,308
Annual Utility Cost $360
Home Area 3,516 sq ft
Bedrooms 4
Total Property Area 2.6 acres
Year Built 1999

Property Description

Imagine a house where you would average under $30 per month for electricity. This energy efficient, passive solar colonial with Andersen energy efficient windows, solar electric, solar hot water, and solar space heating systems will dramatically reduce your yearly energy consumption.

Solar electric is 100% efficient. When connected to the grid, every watt of electricity that your system generates in excess of your home usage is sold back to the utility and credited to your account at full retail rates. Not a single watt is lost. Most solar electric systems are dead in the water when the grid goes down. Not this one. We have battery backup, which allows for continuous operation during any power outage. This is the closest you will find to complete independence from the grid.

And the solar hot water/space heating system ensures that your home heating oil usage is going to be significantly reduced as well. This house is oriented 180 degrees true south, with maximum window orientation to the south, and minimal to the north---- it was designed and planned as an energy efficient house from the very start.

House has a steep pitch roof (12/12) with a very large, fully insulated walk-up attic that provides enormous storage capacity. The sunroom captures radiant heat during sunny winter days, which heats the main living areas of the house. Very spacious, fully finished bonus room above the warm and fully insulated three car garage .The three car garage has a ten-foot ceiling, which allows you to easily hang bicycles, kayaks, or anything else with ample headroom to spare. Zero maintenance premium vinyl siding, and premium architectural shingle roof. There are also two outdoor storage sheds with premium vinyl siding. The house features a large bedroom with bath on the main level, especially helpful for people who have limited mobility.

The property has an abundance of nature trails, wildlife, and a brook passing through the length of the land. Very peaceful and quiet, bucolic area at the end of a cul-de-sac, with a great deal of privacy. If you enjoy looking at the stars, the area offers exceptionally clear, dark skies, as well as very clean, healthy air. It is truly a safe and ideal place to raise a family. The very end of a cul-de-sac, in a remote quadrant of a small, quaint town. Totally off the beaten path.

In short, if you are seeking a beautiful scenic area with peace and quiet, an extremely low crime rate, remarkable energy efficiency, and a great deal of usable space to store all of your things, you have found the right place.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

We started with the intention of building a passive solar home, with textbook solar exposure, one that had large window expanse to the south, and minimal northerly window exposure. We realized that most heat loss is through the roof, so we installed additional insulation in the ceiling of the attic, making sure that ventilation was sufficient through the use of both ridge vents and gable vents. Then, we also added a sunroom, which captures radiant heat and diffuses it to the entire house. Then we added an active solar, grid-tied, photovoltaic system, with 30 year German Mage modules, to take care of our electrical needs. Finally, we added an over sized, German-made Schuco solar hot water system that would take care of not only domestic hot water requirements, but we also added a German made Buderus radiant heater that took advantage of excess hot water to provide radiant heat for the house. An energy audit was done on this house 3 years ago, and found that the house had a very favorable energy efficiency rating.

Neighborhood Description

It is truly a safe and ideal place to raise a family, totally off the beaten path. Neighborhood consists of 10 very friendly families, some with children, on a cul-de-sac in the remote quadrant of a small, quaint town where the population is under 2000. This house is situated at the very end of the cul-de-sac, with a great deal of privacy from the road.

Market Area

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School District

Colebrook Consolidated School is a K-6 grade elementary school in the center of town Colebrook has joined with other small towns to create an exceptional, award-winning, middle/high school system, Regional 7, which is 15 minutes away from the center of town.


Colebrook is a small, very scenic and well maintained rural town in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The center of town consists of the Historical Society, the United States Post Office, the community center, the Congregational Church, the Colebrook store and several historical homes. The population was 1,471 at the 2000 census. It has a small park with a baseball field and with pond used as a recreational swimming area for residents. It was named after Colebrooke, in the English county of Devon

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Other
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 3
Garage Area 900 sqft