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See some homes that save energy

Dear Editor:

We would like to encourage anyone interested in saving energy in their homes to visit two open houses Oct. 6 in New Castle. These homes are part of the National Solar Home Tour and will demonstrate how to dramatically reduce energy use and provide renewable energy at home.

We recently were given a preview tour by the hosts of one of the open houses who showed us all the energy-saving devices and techniques used in their custom-built home. We learned how they keep their electricity use to less than one-third of that used by similar-sized homes, and how their solar system provides two-thirds of that used. Many of the energy efficient features are very attractive (in fact, you wouldn’t know they were included for anything other than how they look), and the homeowners say they stay comfortably warm in winter and cool in summer.

Many of the things we learned can be done by almost everyone ” from simple things to keep your monthly bills down in an existing home to the design of a complete “system” when building or remodeling a house. The open houses will be a great way to see for yourself how well a truly energy efficient home works. They will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, and refreshments will be served. Follow the signs from 1-70 exit 105 in New Castle, or call 984-6417 for more information. The event is presented by the New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee with the Town of New Castle, Sol Energy and the American Solar Energy Society.

We truly appreciate the time and effort put in by the homeowners who are opening their doors to the public to show how we can all lower our energy use and monthly bills.

Mike and Julia LaVigne

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