See Firsthand How Solar Energy Can Benefit Your Home

October 01, 2010

Using solar energy in your Chicago home can reduce your monthly utility bills and minimize your environmental footprint.

Since October is National Energy Awareness Month, it’s a great time to learn what solar energy can do for your home, and this Saturday’s 2010 Illinois Solar Tour is the perfect opportunity to do it.

Illinois Solar Tour October 2, 2010During the free, self-guided tour, homeowners and businesses will open their doors – and rooftops – to display their renewable energy systems.

According to the Illinois Solar Energy Association, which is organizing the event, there are 185 participants on the Illinois tour, an increase from last year’s 150, and 70 percent of the tour is made up of homes in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

The event’s sponsor, IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, will be hosting free courses on renewable energy, demonstrating how to install a solar photovoltaic system and providing tours of their systems.

The Illinois Solar Tour is set for Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can attend at any time and as many sites as you wish. To find your area of interest, visit www.tour.illinoissolar.org and click on your desired geographic location. There you can create your route and print out your map.

You can also pick up a map and guide from any local Whole Foods Market.

After the tour, check out the After the Tour Party from 4 to 6 p.m. at Uncommon Ground, a certified green restaurant, at 1401 Devon, Chicago. There you can enjoy free appetizers and drink specials, meet the tour organizers and see the first certified organic roof-top farm in the country.

What: Illinois Solar Tour

When: Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; party, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: All over Illinois

Visit: www.tour.illinoissolar.org for all the details

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