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The 20th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
Note that there is a special Encore tour in Calgary on 2 November 2019 of 7 homes from this summer's tour. To see more details go to the Encore Tour web page.
Our summer tour is over for 2019. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's tour a success. We had 36 homes in two cities over three days. It was our biggest tour ever! Some of the tour information is still available here on our web site. We will post next year's tour sometime in March.
If you would like to be notified when we call for next year's homes and sponsors then please sign up for our mailing list in the "about us" page.
Wow! Twenty years of the Eco-Solar Home Tour. When this tour started in 2000 we had a pretty modest goal of showing people energy efficiency technologies and practices that were available immediately. We ended up riding the wave on a revolution in building energy efficent homes! The concept of the Net Zero Energy (NZE) home was first demonstrated on our tour and now there are over 50 NZE homes in Edmonton generating more energy than they consume in a year. We've watched the rise of solar from the first 2.3 kW system on our first tour to over 800 installations a year now in Edmonton (~7.3 MW in 2018).
So how do you celebrate 20 years of touring energy efficient homes? You expand the tour to Calgary! This year we have 11 homes to show on Sunday June 9th in Calgary. The Calgary tour is shaping up to be quite different. In Calgary we have two homes that meet the Passive House standard and one that is LEED platinum. There is also going to be a home that will feature electric cars and two that will show solar thermal systems (hot water). Go to the CALGARY HOMES page to see all of the interesting homes.
Last year (2018) we had 21 homes on the Eco-Solar Home Tour and had over 1,500 people visit an average of two homes each for 3,000+ visits. That makes the Eco-Solar Home Tour the second largest solar event and the largest tour of energy efficient homes in Canada. So this year the tour is even bigger. We have 25 homes in Edmonton and another 11 homes in Calgary. You are just not going to find a bigger variety of energy efficient homes anywhere else. And the tour is still free! Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support. Go to the Edmonton and Calgary tour pages to see the homes for this year's tour.
What will I see on the tour?
What interests you? Solar electricity or energy efficiency? Geothermal heating or permaculture landscaping? Retrofit or new construction? The Tour will have homes that showcase some of Edmonton and Calgary'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! Here are some pictures from the 2019 tour.
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 Eco-Solar Home Tour will help provide you with information to make your home and lifestyle more sustainable.
Where is the tour?
Click on the EDMONTON HOMES or CALGARY HOMES page to find details of the sites and technologies that are being featured on the 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 your 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.
What does it cost?
Through the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers the Eco-Solar Home Tour is absolutely free! Simply go to the EDMONTON HOMES or CALGARY HOMES page and pick the homes you want to see. Then make your way to those homes on the dates and times they are open. You do not need to register in advance for the main home tour.
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 Edmonton and Facebook Calgary 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 and Calgary that energy efficiency is something that everyone can do.
There has never been a more compelling time to shrink our ecological
Come and see how you can take action with your own home!
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