By Dr. Sonia Vogl
OREGON, Illinois — Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources can lower utility bills, cut pollution, help the environment and promote a sense of energy independence. Learn about them by visiting people whose homes are on the annual Solar Tour Saturday, Oct. 4.
The tour is held on the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month. Each year, people who use renewable energy and practice energy efficiency open their homes and businesses to members of the public who are interested in investigating these options.
The north central Illinois Solar Tour is hosted by the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) as a public service. People whose buildings are on the tour receive no compensation, only the sense of having helped others on their path to energy independence.
The tour is free and open to the public. There is no need to register in advance; simply visit the places that are of special interest.
Names and addresses of locations will be published next week. For more information, phone (815) 732-7332. The IREA is a non-profit organization: www.illinoisrenew.org.
From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue