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The 17th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
This year's Eco-Solar Home Tour will run for two days on the weekend of June 4th and June 5th. There are 18 homes (sites) open over two days, Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 4 pm (some for longer). You will be able to soak up the first-hand experience of homeowners and other experts with a wide variety of energy and water resource-saving technologies in new construction and retrofit applications.
June 4th and 5th 2016
Join the bike tour!
Sign up for the guided bike tour of the homes on Sunday the 5th. Suitable for all biking abilities. Click on the bicycle link to get the details.
Try our mobile site
There is a mobile web site available that provides tour addresses and links to our map. Scan or click the QR code to go to our mobile site, or go to www.ecosolar.ca/mobile.
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!
This year we have 7 net zero energy sites including Edmonton's first net zero energy apartment block. We have solar installations at the Earth's General Store, Evansdale Community League, and on many of the homes on the tour. This year we are featuring some affordable, efficient homes, including a 16-unit NZE affordable apartment complex, an Edmonton "First Place" starter home, and other homes that are bringing the cost of efficient homes down to nearly standard price levels. We have a new concept laneway home that puts an apartment over top of a garage. We also have the NAIT Alternative Technology Lab where you can see how all these technologies work. We also expect a good showing of electric vehicles including a Tesla or two and an electric Smart Car. Run through the site sheets, see what interests you, and come out and see how these efficient homes work!
So what is this Net-Zero Energy (NZE) that is featured on the tour? We define it as a home that generates as much energy as it consumes in a year. Here is our definition and here is a video to explain. Of course, for various reasons, not everyone can get all the way to an NZE home. Our tour features many other homes where energy efficient technologies are demonstrated. Whether you are looking for a little or a lot of energy efficiency our tour has many examples that you can take away and use on your own home.
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 the HOME TOUR tab to find details on the sites and technologies that are being featured on the 2016 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. Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook and like us like crazy! 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.