Two local homeowners open their doors for the National Solar Tour on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Dave Large, a retired engineer at 173 Griffith Farm Road in Sequim, offers tours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for the sixth year with the American Solar Energy Society. His “net-zero passive home” was built in 2016 and generates more energy than it uses.
He’s joined by retired park ranger Janis Burger, at 1328 Bent Cedars Way in Port Angeles, who opens her home’s doors from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No appointments are needed.
Burger’s home features passive solar straw bale construction for insulation, a photovoltaic system that covers most of her electric usage, direct solar heating of hot water, and rainwater collection for her garden and native plantings.
Large’s home features highly-insulated construction with 100 percent solar power for both his house and electric car, heat pumps for both hot water and space heating and cooling, and heat-recovery ventilation. He recently added battery and generator backup to the electrical system for protection from PUD outages.
Both hosts will discuss their home’s features and answer questions on new construction, upgrading and increasing energy efficiency, incentives and more.
For more about the National Solar Tour, an educational, non-commercial event, visit nationalsolartour.org.
For more information from Clallam PUD about rebates, incentives and making homes more efficient, visit clallampud.net/residential-programs.