It's time to sign up your home for the 2019 Eco-Solar Home Tour. We are looking for homes that demonstrate the best available technology and practices in energy efficiency. Have an interesting home? Then we would like to see you on the tour! Download this signup sheet and submit before January 31st 2019.
Call For Sponsors for the 2019 Tour
Every year our fantastic sponsors honour us with enough funding to keep our tour free. If you are involved in energy efficient homes then we would like you as a sponsor of our tour. Details are on the CallforSponsors2019.doc.
The 20th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
is coming on June 1st and 2nd 2019
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 homes in Edmonton! 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).
Last year we had 21 homes on the Eco-Solar Home Tour; the biggest ever. Garage suites, net-zero homes, an electrically independent building, churches with solar, net-zero apartments, sites with electric cars, net-zero homes that are affordable, net-zero homes that are luxurious, solar retrofits,and more! In 2018 we had over 1,500 people on our tour visiting 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 now we need to get ready for our 20th anniversary tour. We are looking for the most energy efficient homes and buildings in Edmonton to show on June 1st and 2nd 2019. If you would like to show your home please download our application, fill it out, and return it to us before the end of January 2019. Here is the link: ecosolarsignup19.doc
We are also looking for people to help us organize this year's tour. Contact us through Facebook, or sign up for our mailing list.
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'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!
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 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 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 HOME TOUR tab 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 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.
There has never been a more compelling time to shrink our ecological
footprint. Come and see how you can take action with your own home!