The 19th Annual Eco-Solar Home Tour
June 2nd and 3rd 2018
Wow! We have 21 homes for this year's Eco-Solar Home Tour; our biggest ever. We've got garage suites, net-zero homes, a building that won't be connected to the electric grid (we don't even know what to call that yet!), churches with solar, net-zero apartments, sites with electric cars, net-zero homes that are affordable, net-zero homes that are luxurious, solar retrofits, Energy Efficiency Alberta updates, and more! For the locations and hours the homes are open visit the HOME TOUR tab or click on the map link.
Join the bike tour! Sign up for the guided bike tour of the Eco-Solar Home Tour on Saturday the 2nd. Suitable for all biking abilities. Click on the bicycle link to get the details.
FREE DRAW Enter to win a SEEK Infra-Red Camera when you visit the homes of the tour. Each time you visit a home you will be given a ticket to enter our draw; visit all 21 homes and enter 21 times! The camera attaches to an iPhone or Android phone and lets you take pictures and video in the infra-red. Use it to find heat leaks in your home to make your home more efficient. More on the camera and details of our draw are here.
The Accessibilty Advisory Committee is running a separate tour the same weekend as the Eco-Solar Tour. Their Accessible Home Tour will run the morning of Saturday June 2, 2018. This independent tour is another great idea so we are helping them with a bit of promotion. Sign up for the Saturday morning guided tour and then come to the Eco-Solar Tour in the afternoon. The Accessible Home Tour is limited to 20 attendees and you must register in advance.
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 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 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!