Solar home tours

The 21st annual Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar Homes & Buildings will be held on October 1st and 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Over fifty energy-efficient homes and buildings will highlight a variety of solar and passive design, technology and sustainable living concepts, including photovoltaic and solar hot water systems, radiant heat, energy-efficient appliances, and energy-saving building construction techniques.

Additional homes can be viewed on our Sister Solar Tour.  The 2nd Annual Western Maryland Tour of Solar & Green Homes features close to thirty green homes and buildings from Frederick and Washington Counties and West Virginia.  The tour includes a variety of renewable energy improved buildings and properties, as well as residential solar homes featuring many energy efficient improvements.  Also, a self-guided bike tour is planned for some homes on the tour.

The Tour Guide is available for $5 at MOM’s Organic Markets, Summer Delights in Takoma Park, and the Bike and Roll Bikestation at Union Station in D.C.  In addition, it can be downloaded for free in September.  Details will be available on the solar tour website (http://www.solartour.org). The Western Maryland Tour Guide can be purchased for a tax-deductible $2 fee from participating outlets in Western Maryland. The Tour Guide is both a map and “passport” for admission to the sites and contains directions to each home.

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