Something New Under the Sun: National Solar Tour
Saturday, October 1, 2011 (in most areas)
The ASES National Solar Tour is the world’s largest solar event. This is your chance to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.
"Sustainable living is not only good for the planet, it’s good for our wallets," said Ed Begley, Jr., whose recent book, "Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life," provides practical tips on how to live a more efficient, earth-friendly life. "The National Solar Tour offers families an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors who’re reaping the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency each and every day. It’s a great way to get an up-close and personal perspective on how easy it can be to live the green life. "
More than 165,000 participants are expected to visit
some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across America
Now in its 16th year, The National Solar Tour is coordinated by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society in collaboration with dozens of partner organizations. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.
Solar Options and Energy-Saving Techniques
In addition to highlighting solar options, an increasing focus of the tour is on energy-saving techniques and sustainability through green building design, energy efficient appliances, and use of green materials during remodeling.
Tours also provide helpful, real-world examples of costs and how to save money with federal, state, and local incentives.
Ultimately the tour inspires people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that help lower costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.
About the American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. Its mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy.
Leading for more than 50 years
ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies in the U.S. ASES publishes the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, organizes and presents the ASES National Solar Conference and leads the ASES National Solar Tour – the largest solar event in the world.
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