Solar and wind-powered homes, energy efficient homes, grid-tied renewable energy-powered homes, and mass masonry heated homes using "rocket stove" technology are all featured on Saturday, October 13th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Lawrence River Valley region and beyond. The local version of the touring date is coordinated in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties by the Local Living Venture.
The Green Buildings Open House in the Northeast and the National Solar Tour have both showcased sustainable homes throughout the country every October for seventeen years, but here in the North Country we celebrate the 20th Anniversary home tours event in 2012. In 1992, Sustainable Energy Fair founder Chelle S. Lindahl joined a new trend that has since blossomed into a much anticipated annual event when she organized a tour of local homes to accompany the successful Energy Fair, that ran until 2009.
"We've since picked it back up with the Local Living Venture organizing these tours as a natural follow-on to the year-round tours we also give, that emphasize a more 'whole-homestead' approach than previous events might have," commented Krystal A. White, the Education and Outreach Facilitator for the Local Living Venture.
Coordinator Lindahl chjmed in that a "special emphasis on mass masonry heaters using 'rocket stove' technology makes this an especially exciting year." She added, "Rockets stoves are a safer, low-cost alternative to standard woodstoves and boilers, with no creosote and using 50-70% less wood to heat the home, if it's well insulated."
The public is invited to participate in the tours free of charge, though donations are welcomed by the community group. It is set up on an open house basis, due to the generosity of the homeowners involved. Rocket Stove creation and participation in this tour was sponsored by SunFeather Natural Soaps, the Canton Price Chopper and Sergi's Pizza.
For a list of tours and how to sign up, contact the Local Living Venture at (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com (email preferred please.) More information can also be found on their website: www.SustainableLivingProject.net/green-home-tours.
The Local Living Venture (LLV) is a volunteer-run organization that coordinates workshops promoting traditional rural and simple living skills, as well as collaborating on a regional food economy. The LLV is part of Seedcorn, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization based in Potsdam, NY.