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Chaffee Green Homes Tour – Salida

September 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 (Alpine Park at 5th and E Street) Saturday, September 11, starting at 9 a.m. 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 homeowners can install at little or no cost. Five homes in Salida will be open until 1 p.m. for tours that will showcase their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living practices.

On September 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., an informational booth in Buena Vista will be open at the Farmer’s Market (South Main Town Square, 701 Front Loop). Participants will visit five homes and one business using renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

“Each year the Green Homes Tour provides community members with countless ideas and examples for increasing household sustainability and saving money,” said Dominique Naccarato of GARNA, co-sponsor of the tour. “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.

“The Chaffee Green Homes Tour provides hands-on experience with some of the leading sustainable homes in the area,’’ said Sheila Townsend, tour coordinator for NECO. “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.

In addition to the Chaffee County in-person tour, interested citizens can visit the Virtual Green Homes Tour showcasing some of the leading homes from past metro Denver home tours at The Metro Denver Green Homes Tour returns in person this year on October 2 and more information is available on the same website.


For more information: Sheila Townsend: 720-312-5948


September 11
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Alpine Park
Salida, 81201 + Google Map

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Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.