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The 18th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
This year's Eco-Solar Home Tour will run for two days on the weekend of June 3rd and June 4th. 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 3rd and 4th 2017
Map to the homes
Join the bike tour!
Sign up for the guided bike tour of the homes on Saturday the 3rd. Suitable for all biking abilities. Click on the bicycle link to get the details.
OK, there is a lot going on this year! Thanks to our generous sponsors we are holding a free draw as part of the tour. At each home you visit you will get a ticket to enter the draw; visit all 18 homes and you can enter the draw 18 times! We are giving away a Nest smart thermostat, Seek Infrared Cameras, passes to Sustainival, and Solar phone chargers. See the draw details here.
This year there is a lot of discussion about making energy efficiency affordable. Edmonton's average home price is just above $400,000 but we have two NZE home sites (Site 6 and 12) where they have built NZE for less than that. The Right At Home Apartment complex is designed to provide NZE living to 16 low income families (Site 3). NZE is becoming affordable fast and you can see it first on the Eco-Solar Home Tour.
On Saturday check out the Family Solar Fun Day at the Evansdale Community League with food, games, and an electric car show. This year we have 9 net zero energy sites including Edmonton's first net zero energy apartment block. If bicycles are more to your liking then join our annual bike tour of homes. This year's bike tour will be in the Westmount area including a visit to the Westmount NZE Laneway home (site 4) where there will be displays from Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, Path's for People, Salisbury Greenhouses (Landscaping), and CJSR's Terra Informa radio show.
We've got other firsts this year too. We have our first "Passive House" home and the first time we have had a home in Fort Saskatchewan (Site 9). We also have Alberta's first solar heat pump (site 18) and a new micro combined heat and power unit that generates electricity from natural gas in your back yard (site 14).
But at the end of the day what we do best is to get homeowners to open their homes and to share with you their passion for energy efficiency. We have 9 sites this year that are NZE (sites 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16), three that make as much electricity as they will consume in a year (sites 1, 7, and 8), and a number of other interesting sites that will show you how energy efficiency can be accomplished now.
What will I see on the tour?
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!
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 2017 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.
Pictures of the 2016 Tour
Our Last Organizational Meeting!
May 29th at 7 pm
Unitarian Church of Edmonton
There has never been a more compelling time to shrink our ecological
Come and see how you can take action with your own home!