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Chaffee County residents can visit sustainable homes and learn to save money by using less energy at the third annual Chaffee Green Homes Tour on September 11 and 12.

The free tour kicks off at the Salida Farmer’s Market in Salida starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11. Tour participants can pick up tour maps at tour sponsor booths, including New Energy Colorado (NECO) and the Greater Arkansas Nature Association (GARNA).

Both organizations will host booths featuring a variety of energy efficiency measures that homeowner can install at little or no cost. Five homes in Salida will be open until 1:00 p.m. for tours that will showcase their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living practices.

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By Vivint Solar.

On September 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., an informational booth in Buena Vista will be open at the Farmer’s Market. Participants will visit five homes and one business using renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

GARNA, co-sponsor of the tour Dominique Naccarato explained “Each year the Green Homes Tour provides community members with countless ideas and examples for increasing household sustainability and saving money. We hope many Chaffee County residents will take advantage of this unique opportunity.’’

New Energy Colorado works to engage citizens in shaping the future by providing education about how our energy system and utilities function today, and what changes are needed to pave the way for a future dominated by energy efficiency, renewable energy and a smart grid. For 25 years, the non-profit has sponsored a green homes tour in metro Denver.

Tour coordinator for NECO, Sheila Townsend explained “The Chaffee Green Homes Tour provides hands-on experience with some of the leading sustainable homes in the area. We are excited to showcase homes using technologies including solar energy with backup batteries, straw bale home construction, and passive solar construction.’’

The event is also part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour.