A solar powered water treatment plant in Germany
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) holds it's 19th annual National Solar Tour this weekend--October 4th and 5th--to celebrate and recognize the potential and current contribution that solar power makes toward energy independence and a cleaner environment. Three (3) local homes and businesses are on the tour this Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
These homes and businesses are located at Jerry Landrum's Angel Falls Retreat Center at 259 CR 301, at "Mike's House" at 88 CR 326, and at the Caribe Restaurant in Eureka Springs at 309 West Van Buren. Property owners are participating in this "Open House" tour to show their friends and neighbors how they are using solar energy and solar efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change. They'll answer questions and provide you with their "hands-on," real-world experience about what it will cost in time and money for you to make the switch to solar energy.
The National Solar Energy Society holds this annual tour in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month every October. More than 150,000 people are expected to participate nationwide and visit more than 5,000 solar energy sites.
ASES spokesman, the actor and environmental advocate Ed Begley Jr., says "Sustainable living is not only good for the planet, it's good for our wallets. 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 -- and how rewarding."
For specific details on how to make your home more energy efficient visit ASES's Home Basics page.