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This weekend -- tour of solar homes in DC

From: Sankar
Sent on: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 4:33 PM
The 22nd Annual Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar Homes & Buildings will be held on October 6th and 7th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fall, green enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view 65 energy-efficient homes and buildings throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

D.C. metro area residents will open their homes and buildings on the tour to showcase a variety of solar design, technology and sustainable living concepts, including solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar hot water systems, passive design, radiant heat, energy-efficient appliances, and energy-saving building construction techniques. Many homeowners also practice energy and water conservation measures, recycle and compost, and drive fuel-efficient or alternative energy vehicles.

Get your “passport” or Tour Guide for $5 at MOM's Organic Markets, Bicycle SPACE, and Bike and Roll bike station at Union Station in D.C. and other participating distributors in the suburbs-check the website for the date the guides go on sale and for a list of distributors. The guide will be the admission to the tour. It serves as a map with locations and directions to each home, and provides a wealth of information on what’s hot in renewable energy: new technologies for residential homes, solar leasing, and the incentives and affordability of green systems. The guide can also be downloaded for free at

For carbon-free bicycle tour-goers: Enjoy a self-guided bike tour planned for select homes on the tour.

In addition, the 3rd Annual Maryland Tour of Solar & Green Homes will highlight 35 green homes and buildings from Frederick and Washington Counties to West Virginia. The tour includes a variety of residential solar homes featuring many energy efficient improvements as well as renewable energy improved buildings and properties. The Maryland Tour Guide can be purchased for a tax-deductible $2 fee from participating distributors in Maryland.
For the latest information on both tours, Like the group on Facebook or visit

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