REGION – The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network held their 4th annual Sustainable Home Tour Saturday, Oct. 5 under sunny skies. Nearly 100 visitors had the opportunity to learn about the products and processes of the seven energy efficient homes, as well as meet with the architects, contractors, and some homeowners involved with building or upgrading to these high performance homes. Our thanks go out to those homeowners willing to open their homes to the public and to the contractors who made themselves available during the tour to explain the home features and answer questions.
No doubt the day’s weather, perfect for a fall drive, made for a successful tour. The engagement of the community and those from outside our region was rewarding. Folks travelled from as far away as Lake Placid and Oneonta, N.Y., Concord, N.H., Basking Ridge, N.J., Cambridge and Springfield, Mass. as well as many from our local region. The attendance increased 63% over 2018.
During the tour, many saw the big picture of new and upgraded homes, and were also able to identify smaller projects that they could take on over time. Participants learned where they could start.
As we face the climate emergency, it is clear that many are looking to act locally and take action to change the way they live. There are financial and altruistic benefits to changing behavior in these times and it can begin right at home with even smaller projects. To learn about other SEON events, go to www.seon.info.
SEON is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Brattleboro with a mission of providing professional development for building professionals and helping to engage the public around energy efficient and healthy homes.