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Solar tour on Saturday

Dear Editor:

Are high energy costs eating up your monthly budget? Are you worried about climate change? The perfect antidote to this is solar energy! Did you ever think about installing solar panels on your home for your hot water heating, or for providing most of your home’s electricity? Wouldn’t it be great to become independent of the grid?

Well, now is the time to think about this. Numerous rebates, incentive pricing and tax credits are now available through your energy provider, your county and federal government (which is currently offering a 30 percent tax credit on total solar project costs).

To learn more about this, come this Saturday to the Garfield County Tour of Solar Homes, part of the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour. Six solar homes in Glenwood and Carbondale will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. These homes, ranging from remodels to new construction, will showcase solar electric, solar hot water, radiant heat systems, and passive solar designs. These homes will also feature a wide variety of green construction techniques, and experts will be present on site to answer your questions.

To find each of these six homes, look at the tour map at http://www.rmc.sierraclub.org/rfg, and follow the Solar Tour yard signs on the day of the event. For further information, please call 947-9613. This 2009 ASES National Solar Tour is hosted by the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club.

Bob Millette

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