The electric meter at Dr. Thaddeus Michalski's office is not measuring how much energy he uses but how much his office is sending out. It is one of multiple ways Michalski's office is being kind to the environment.
From the treatment room, patients can see the solar meter outside his office and they wonder what it is, generating questions.
“It's a great way to promote green energy," he said.
The panels produce of 50 percent of the electricity the office uses. When the office is closed, Michalski's sells the electricity produced back to Connecticut Light & Power.
Michalski's office has compact fluorescent lights and eco-friendly paints and finishes.
The piping system in the basement is hooked up to a geothermal heating and cooling system.
"We don’t even have gas or oil coming through the office. We have no need for it," Michalski said.
Reducing electricity usage is a major step toward going green but it is only part of the way dentists are doing son. Dentists across the country have begun using new digital X-ray technology that eliminates the use of hazardous chemicals to develop film.
It uses no film or chemicals and emits 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-ray technology does.