Santa Rosa residents will open their homes to the public in an effort to highlight energy efficiency and sustainable measures, while demystifying the process to go solar. The tour is Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be six homes on the tour, all with a unique theme and story. One of the Santa Rosa homes took advantage of Energy Upgrade California’s “whole home approach,” which reduces energy usage, lowers utility bills, and offers up to $4,000 in rebates.
The tour is part of the National Solar Homes Tour, which takes place annually in communities throughout the country and attracted more than 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico in 2010.
To bring valuable resources to Sonoma County residents in one concentrated arena, he City of Santa Rosa’s Clean Energy Advocates and Solar Sonoma County have organized this tour along with Energy Upgrade California, the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, PG&E, Master Gardener’s, Sonoma Compost and many local solar and efficiency experts.
“This tour is a collaborative effort representing not only our established partnerships in the County but common goals to provide education to our residents about energy savings, water conservation and renewable energy technologies.” said Claire Nordlie, of Clean Energy Advocates. “One of our goals for this tour was to make sure we highlighted how doable these measures are. Every homeowner has different interests and goals and the tour will cater to a variety of residents.”
The Clean Energy Advocates receive calls from residents on a daily basis looking for ways to save energy and obtain information to go solar. The Green Homes Tour will provide these options in an interactive format while offering live demonstrations and special workshops throughout the day.
When: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1832 Honeysuckle Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (starting location)
Tickets: $5 (Includes guidebook). Purchase online or cash at the door.
For more information on the tour, to purchase tickets and home locations please visit: www.srcity.org/srgreenhomes.