Green Home Tours 2017

Full details on the homes available to tour are shown below.
Three tracks - off-grid, grid-tied, "green" home/steads.
Three regions - St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties + NW Adirondacks!
 

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Celebrating the 25th anniversary
        of this tradition in the North Country

 
Local Living Venture    
  is pleased to
present the          
 
25th Anniversary                  
Renewable Energy    
& Green Building       
Home Tours
                   
                



Join us for this celebration of all things "green" at local homes and businesses!
  
  Twenty-five years ago, in October of 1992, Local Living Venture organizers coordinated the first tours of renewable energy homes in the North Country through the Real Goods Catalog, inspiring the very first of many North Country Sustainable Energy Fairs.
My, how far we've come!
It's wonderful to see so many homes available to tour - there are now more than 50 buildings of all stripes are on our master-list
of North Country homes and homesteads!
New to the program are the many homes who have benefited from the Solarize Canton and Northern Lights Solar initiatives to bring grid-tied energy to many local homes.


 

* More homes being added constantly! *
 

 See below for complete home descriptions 
Three tracks - three regions!
St. Lawrence and Jefferson County + NW Adirondack sites
in New York's North Country

Many grid-tied and off-grid home energy and homestead systems will be featured.  A multitude of building styles, heating options, energy sources, water systems, solid waste systems, root cellars, cooking innovations, outbuildings of interest, unusual garden features...much more!
 


Tour Sponsors have generously enabled us to provide these tours free of cost!



TOUR SPONSOR

                
Northern Lights Energy
Solar Electric Systems, Generators, Electrical Contracting
               Canton, NY   (315) 854-0580



TOUR SPONSOR

....................Apex Solar Power
............Going solar has never been easier. 
Let us help you discover what a system can do for you. 
           Malone, NY   (518) 481-0304
 Jefferson County/Central NY  (315) 408-7761

Click Here for focus on GRID-TIED homes



Addresses of homes made available to registered participants only.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TOURS
** Reservations accepted until 11:30 Sunday AM **
We will send you an email confirmation with 2 Word docs containing details.

If you cannot print, please note "text only" in your "name" field when registering to receive the entire Doc contents in the email so you can see it on your phone instead of printing.
Participation in the tours is FREE.
However if you can make a suggested donation

of $5 per person to defray the Local Living Venture expenses, it would truly be appreciated. Please send checks to Local Living Venture, PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617 OR  Click here to use a bank card or bank account (you do not have to have a PayPal account.)
Please put "Home Tours" in the Notes.
 



MORE HOMES BEING ADDED TO EACH REGION CONSTANTLY!

NEW GRID-TIED TOUR COMPONENT - very exciting!  Learn more about the Solarize 2015 campaign in Canton, Awkesasne and Tri-Lakes (which is  the precursor to the St. Lawrence County-wide Solarize project now in effect) in this North Country Matters episode with Canton home owners and advocates for the Solarize project (29 min.)  The 2017 County-wide effort and independent contractors can share with you details on how-to, and current tax benefits available as well.
 



St. Lawrence County
Noon to 5 pm
Homes will be available to view on an Open House basis

(Jefferson County homes are on a set time basis, starting at 10 am, see below)
- details and addresses to be shared upon registration.

OFF-GRID
A small home only 30 feet from the utility lines in Colton, but not connected to it!
Crazy Jerry's! 
solar panels, DIY wind generator, 370 rpm Listeroid Generator
AC & DC LED lighting, DIY super-insulated wood stove that cooks and provides domestic hot water
DIY outdoor solar shower, Lithium Powered lawn mower
DIY 115 mpg motorcycle, DIY 127 mpg Urba Centurion sports car, lithium powered enclosed velomobile, lithium powered rocket trike
a fast and quiet flywheel-based renewable-electric wood-splitter, and more!!!! 
NEW in 2017:
Lithium-based off grid system
"World's most beautiful gas pump" display
Three of four known existing 200-mpg Centurions are now here and sooo much more!

  No contractor - DIY homeowner!    You won't see this on TV, folks!  


GRID-TIED  
A wonderful new business and home in Potsdam runs on renewable energy!
36 panels, 10 kW system powers home and business
Recent installation utilizing a NYSERDA grant, Federal and NYS tax incentives

Powers commercial refrigeration, heat pumps and hot water
Internet-based records available for system performance.
Tour the new business Big Spoon Kitchen!
  Northern Lights Energy contractor will be on site to answer questions and demonstrate the system.





GRID-TIED
Apex Solar "Demo Home" near Crary Mills
4 kW solar photovoltaic system installed on the property's  barn by Apex Solar
PV system installed utilizing NYSERDA Rebate and Federal and State tax credits
4x8 solar hot water panel feeds 40 gallon water tank, plus in stove hot water coil - an active solar hot water wood-fired hot water system (DIY home-owner installed)

  Apex Solar contractor will be on site to answer questions and demonstrate the system.






OFF-GRID
​Simple yet non-Luddite living in the wilds of West Pierrepont (10 miles from Canton)

home built with local wood and materials in 2002-3
off grid "salvaged" solar panel system, 375 W

root cellar for food storage and Winter refrigeration
small DC-powered refrigerator for Summer use
beautiful outdoor composting toilet, super simple.
no running water, uses "walking water" rain barrel system
heat sources: Wood cookstove and a Rocket Mass Heater
10" insulated walls, passive solar south-facing windows.
internet via DSL phone line

  Various contractors and DIY homeowner!



GRID-TIED
Solar energy powers this home in Potsdam

  26 solar panels provide 6.76 kW of power
  passive solar sunroom addition added 30 years ago cuts heating bills
  large 8 room house built in 1833 that has undergone extensive renovation over the years
  the solar powers the standard high-draw electric appliances like a stove, hot water heater, and dryer
  replaced all the lights with LED bulbs in January 2017 to further reduce the energy footprint.
    Apex Solar contractor.


GRID-TIED  & OFF GRID - on one property!
An organic farm community has it all going on near Canton
  Main house barn has 29 solar panels to run the house and farm grid tied solar
  Greenhouse attached to the barn
  Root cellar and cheese cave in a stone foundation cellar
  Off-grid residence in the back woods is entirely off-grid with:
     -  simple structure, easy to do yourself, passive and active solar house for a family of four
    -  balloon framed, 2"x6" studded walls with timber framed post on the inside, concrete slab foundation, sound insulated between floors
    -  heating with a wood stove using a handy wood door to bring in wood directly from outdoors without multiple trips for armloads
    -  rain water collection directly into upstairs barrels for 150 gallon winter reserve, grow benches for Spring seedlings
    -  55 gal water heat sink next to woodstove
    -  simple and easy composting outhouse system
Optional late-season
tour of organic farm and garden, including both an attached and a hoop house style greenhouse.
  Northern Lights Energy contractor.



GRID-TIED   
A recent state-of-the-art installation in the heart of Canton

13 kW  solar system with 42 panels
installed in September 2017
State and Federal Tax credits utilized
plus NYSERDA incentive

This home is a system-only demo site, other features of the home are not available to tour

  Northern Lights Energy contractor will be on site to answer questions and demonstrate the system.




GRID-TIED    No photo available
Solar energy has powered this Potsdam home since 2004
First solar grid-tied home in the area
14 years of carefully documented records on solar generation, utility cost, and rate of solar production per year
Classic older home
purposefully using few high-draw electric appliances
On-demand water heater with expense data going back to 1999
  Northern Lights Energy contractor.


GREEN HOME  
Dramatic, beautiful home on a brook near Crary Mills (between Canton & Potsdam)
Owner built, low budget, as funds available, by a resourceful woman
Design and initial structure in collaboration with builder Bryan Lee
Rustic and Asian inspired design
Many recycled materials employed
Small home, super insulated high thermal mass

, major passive solar,Wood stove heating
Regular grid power with no renewables (yet) but super efficient
Other interesting simple living features!

  No "active" renewable energy features or contractors.





Jefferson County
10 am, Noon, 2 pm and 4 pm start times
Homes will be available at set times throughout the day
- schedule and addresses to be shared upon registration.


OFF-GRID
​Self-reliance campus in Adams Center featuring several homes of different designs and features

55 acres on a former gravel quarry
5 mortgage free homes
 - cordwood home
 - straw bale home
 - timber framed
 - earth bermed fuel tank home
 - recycled home (moved 5 miles!)
 - intern cottage, more...
intentional community
off grid with mostly solar
3 homes with "Jenkin's" composting toilets
organic garden and orchard, living roof
2400 sq. ft. workshop

  DIY homeowner/contractor!



GRID-TIED
Solar energy powers an Earthship built of tires that is more beautiful (and energy efficient) than you'd believe!
Rammed earth with 1300 used automobile tires and an estimated 10,000 glass bottles
South facing windows for passive solar heat
Connected to the grid solar panels (no batteries), 54 panels total
Rocket Stove mass heater, also connected to in-floor radiant heat 
Grey-water recycling system
Greywater indoor planters, similar to a green house
Paper bag flooring
Many re-purposed items used as part of the house

  Apex Solar contractor will be on site to answer questions and demonstrate the system for some periods of the day.



GRID TIED
Wind and solar energy runs an entire organic farm on Wellesley Island on the St. Lawrence River
a 10kw wind turbine
a 7kw solar PV array
powers the house, farm, and three electric golf carts which we use as utility vehicles and transport for tours.
solar-heated 4-season hoop houses for season extension of some annual vegetable crops
renewable energy grants from the USDA and NYSERDA funded part of the wind turbine and one from NYSERDA for part of  the solar, plus qualifying for a tax grant and a tax credit 

 




NW Adirondacks
Noon to 5 pm
Available to view on an Open House basis
- details and address to be shared upon registration.


Grid-tied home above family business in Wanakena NY
The upstairs residence is powered by a 6.72 kW solar system in use since late 2014
Fun features include
- a built-in handy recycling cupboard
- a laundry line outside the window of their laundry room
- the stone wall on a back patio is re-purposed concrete from an old garage floor.
The front porch of the family-run art-centric business on the ground floor has comfortable chairs and
books to share
 
  Northern Lights Energy contractor.

Note that tour attendees must sign up in advance (see link below.)



Addresses of homes made available to registered participants only.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TOURS
** Reservations accepted until 11:30 Sunday AM **
We will send you an email confirmation with 2 Word docs containing details.

If you cannot print, please note "text only" in your "name" field when registering to receive the entire Doc contents in the email so you can see it on your phone instead of printing.
Participation in the tours is FREE.
However if you can make a suggested donation

of $5 per person to defray the Local Living Venture expenses, it would truly be appreciated. 
(Please put "Home Tours" in the Notes.)
Please send checks to Local Living Venture, PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617
OR
Click here to use a bank card or bank account
(You do not have to have a PayPal account)


Please be in touch if your home or business is a potential touring site
If you have any questions, email LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or use the Contact feature on this website.



Tour Sponsors have generously enabled us to provide these tours FREE of cost!


TOUR SPONSOR

                
Northern Lights Energy
Solar Electric Systems, Generators, Electrical Contracting
               Canton, NY   (315) 854-0580



TOUR SPONSOR

....................Apex Solar Power
............Going solar has never been easier. 
Let us help you discover what a system can do for you. 
           Malone, NY   (518) 481-0304
 Jefferson County/Central NY  (315) 408-7761


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Website made possible by the Northern New York Community Foundation


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Addresses of homes made available to registered participants only.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TOURS
** Reservations accepted until 11:30 Sunday AM **
We will send you an email confirmation with 2 Word docs containing details.

If you cannot print, please note "text only" in your "name" field when registering to receive the entire Doc contents in the email so you can see it on your phone instead of printing.
Participation in the tours is FREE.
However if you can make a suggested donation

of $5 per person to defray Local Living Venture expenses, it would truly be appreciated. 
(Please put "Home Tours" in the Notes.)
Please send checks to Local Living Venture, PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617
OR
Click here to use a bank card or bank account
(You do not have to have a PayPal account)



If you have any questions, please email LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or use the Contact feature on this website.