A clear path to green on the Green Buildings Open House Tour

Press Release

GREENFIELD, MA / CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 27, 2012

“Seeing is believing” is at the core of the 2012 Green Building Open House Tour (GBOH) hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) in partnership with EnergySage. The tour on Saturday, October 13th features hundreds of properties in ten northeastern states from Maine to Delaware with installed clean energy systems such as solar, wind, geothermal systems as well as energy efficiency improvements. The GBOH tour is focused on bringing sustainable energy into the mainstream. Home and business owners with installed clean energy systems or efficiency upgrades to their properties serve as hosts, sharing their experiences and results with participants on the tour or through project profiles on the corresponding virtual tour hosted on EnergySage.com.

The face to face interactions as well as the project profile serve a vital purpose, dispelling misconceptions about everything from aesthetics to cost and benefits and helping to convince people about the suitability of these technologies in a variety of settings. Tour participants get to see these systems in action and learn from peers who have successfully implemented renewable solutions. Research shows that after seeing these systems, people are 24% more likely to start using these technologies themselves.

“When guests come in, they see that my wife and I are actual people living normal lives with normal jobs,” explains fourth year host Alan Spector of Lafayette, NJ. “What we’ve done here hasn’t broken the bank. In fact, it’s been a great financial investment in addition to the investment in our future and the future of the planet. These technologies are some of the best things we can do for ourselves in the short-run as well as for future generations in the long-run. It’s not hard, and there will always be people like myself and the other hosts on the tour who are willing to help show the way.”

The GBOH tour is the largest sustainable energy event in the northeastern U.S., showcasing homes, businesses and public buildings with clean energy systems, and energy efficient designs, systems and products. Last year, more than 11,000 people toured more than 500 properties in the Northeast to see firsthand the sustainability improvements happening in their communities.

People interested in learning more about clean energy and energy improvements in a real-life setting, can find host properties in their area or just review project profiles online in the corresponding virtual tour at http://www.energysage.com/projects/nesea-gboh-listing/. Property owners interested in serving as host properties can find instructions at http://www.energysage.com/share-your-experience/.

Contact: Travis Niles
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
413-774-6051, ext. 21

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