The Way We Green
De Waal Developments
The 16th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
The tour is over for this year. Here are the pictures from this year's tour.
What will I see?
What interests you? Solar electricity or solar hot water? Making your house really energy efficient? Geothermal heating or low-water landscaping? Retrofit or new construction? The Tour will have homes that showcase some of Edmonton's best examples of energy-efficient ideas to discover how you can take steps to reduce your gas, electricity and water use, save money and lower your environmental footprint!
The Mosaic Centre is the first net zero energy office building in Alberta and we just had to include it on our tour! We've got 7 other net zero energy homes including one that is a retrofit (we've never seen that before). The new cold climate heat pumps that we first saw two years ago are now on many of the efficient homes and this year we have heard of the first heat pump driven clothes dryer. Out in Leduc County we have two NZE homes that are showing what can be done with rainwater harvesting. Run through the site sheets, see what interests you and come out and see how these efficient homes work!
Isn't this just about Solar Panels?
No! Solar electric technologies are just one aspect of making a home energy efficient. The homes on our tour feature many other ideas from new lighting, water efficiency, improved insulation and windows, efficient landscaping, carbon footprint reduction ideas, and many more.
Who should come?
Whether you are renting or buying; building or renovating; doing your research or just about to make a big decision; for a homeowner, builder, design professional, trades worker or student; the 2015 Eco-Solar Home Tour will provide you with information to make your home and lifestyle more sustainable.
Where is the tour?
Click on HOME TOUR to find details on the sites and technologies that are being featured on the 2015 Tour.
How do I get there?
Make sure you check the maps that are posted one month before the tour. Each day will have different homes to visit so plan your visit carefully. You make you own way from site to site and speak with the homeowners and technical experts. You can cycle, walk, take transit, or take your own vehicle to any of the sites.
How Can I Support the Tour ?
We are always looking for volunteers to help on tour day or to help with the organizing from now until tour day. You could also sponsor the tour - see our sponsors page for details.
Finally you can help us by getting the word out. Get the tour listed in your community newsletter, bring it up at your association meetings, organize your scout/guide group to come and see the tour, talk about the tour at your work, whatever you can do will help us show Edmonton that energy efficiency is something that everyone can do.