Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge
This year the Eco-Solar Home Tour ran a virtual tour of 31 homes in 3 cities over 5 days. The entire online tour has been recorded and you can see all the homes on video. We have over 20 hours of video available for you to see this year!
Each home is featured for 40 minutes starting with an overview and followed by a question period. Click the links in the slide show above to watch each day's complete video. If you go to the city pages you will find descriptions of each home and a direct link to that home's portion of the tour video. See all the homes on the Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge tour pages.
We saw some really interesting things this year. In Edmonton we saw two straw bale homes, 11 Net-zero energy homes, 15 homes with solar, and 4 retrofits. In Calgary we saw 3 homes featuring electric vehicles, 4 homes with solar thermal, 8 homes with solar electric, and 4 retrofits. In Lethbridge we saw 4 net-zero energy homes including three with ground source heat pumps. What a fantastic variety of energy-efficient technologies this year!
If you are thinking about building or renovating an energy-efficient home then our tour can help you with your research. Our homeowners have already worked with the technologies you have been thinking about. Check through the details of the homes on the city pages and then go watch the video as the homeowners summarize their experiences.
Next year we hope to be back to in-person tours but we may still do a few videos for interesting homes. In the mean time enjoy our online tour. We'll be back early in 2022 to start the preparations for next 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, Calgary, and Lethbridge'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!
Net-Zero EnergySo 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, CALGARY HOMES, or LETHBRIDGE HOMES page to find details of the sites and technologies that are being featured on the Tour.
How do I get there?This year the tour is virtual ! We have 5 tour days with a schedule for each day. Pick the Edmonton, Calgary, or Lethbridge homes that you want to see and make sure you log in to the zoom call during the home's scheduled time. For each home there will be a presentation on the features of the home and then you will have a chance to ask the homeowners questions.
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, CALGARY HOMES, or LETHBRIDGE HOMES page and pick the homes you want to see. Then tune in during their scheduled tour times. You do not need to register in advance for the 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 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, Calgary, and Lethbridge that energy efficiency is something that everyone can do.
Come and see how you can take action with your own home!
City of Edmonton