If, like many people, you have back-burnered your plans to buy a new home, now might be a good time to think about updating your current home. Making improvements that reduce the cost of ownership might be pretty appealing, too, and that’s what you’ll accomplish by adding solar panels, improving insulation, and maybe getting rid of natural gas or propane.
This Saturday, October 1st, is your opportunity to visit a dozen metro area homes which have done just that. That’s because the first Saturday in October is the date of the annual Metro Denver Green Homes Tour. I’m on the steering committee for the tour, and I can assure you that you’ll learn a lot from this year’s selections.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes a “green expo” at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) at 710 10th Street in downtown Golden.
It’s a self-guided tour. You pay $10 in person at the AMC or at www.MetroDenverGreenHomesTour.org. If you register online, you can pick up the book describing each home plus a map to find them either at the AMC on Saturday morning or on Friday, Sept. 30th between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the office of Golden Real Estate, 1214 Washington Ave., also in downtown Golden.
The homes themselves are open only until 4 p.m., after which you might want to visit the Electric Vehicle Roundup in the parking lot of The Net Zero Store (Golden Real Estate’s former office) at 17695 S. Golden Road. That event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. (See article below.)
You’ll also want to visit the “Growing Dome” at 509 9th Street, a short walk from the AMC, between 3 and 5 p.m. There will be a “tiny home” in the AMC parking lot all day for you to visit, too.
All of that is followed by a Reception and Green Expo inside the AMC from 5 to 7 p.m. At the expo you’ll be able to visit with exhibitors who sell and install some of the sustainable upgrades which you learned about during the tour, while enjoying complimentary appetizers, local beverages and live music.
If you’d like to carpool to each of the homes in a Tesla or other electric vehicle, inquire at the AMC between 9 and 10 a.m. and they may be able to set that up for you, thanks to volunteers from the Denver Tesla Club and the Denver Electric Vehicle Council.
Leading up to Saturday’s tour, we have created a series of free lectures, the last of which is this evening, Thursday, Sept. 29th, at Jefferson Unitarian Church, starting at 7 p.m. The speaker is Conor Merrigan, who is Sustainability Program Manager at Spirit, an environmental consulting firm. His topic is “Scaling Up Green Homes to Green Neighborhoods.”
My own contribution to the tour has been to shoot narrated video tours of each home on the tour. I haven’t been able to shoot all of them yet, but I’ve done several of them, and you can find them as well as the video tours from prior years at www.NewEnergyColorado.com.
I’ve been committed to promoting sustainability and net zero home construction for as long as I can remember, but each and every year I find that I learn something I didn’t know — a new technology or new use of an older technology — and I get to capture what I learn on those videos so you can learn about them.
The broker associates at Golden Real Estate and I are among the most knowledgeable real estate professionals you will find when it comes to buying and selling sustainable homes as well as making a home you buy more sustainable, so feel free to contact any of us for your real estate needs. We look forward to serving you!