Celebrating its 13th year, the ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in history, offering participants the opportunity to tour homes and buildings to see how neighbors are using solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce their monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.
In 2007, more than 115,000 visited some 5,000 buildings in 2,900 participating communities. Coordinated nationally by the non-profit American Solar Energy Society, the National Solar Tour takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.
An increasing focus of the tour is on energy-saving techniques and sustainability through 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.
To find a tour in a city near you, click here.