The Annual Solar Tour of Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design.
This year we have over 48 solar and green homes on tour. Homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, October 5 and 6. Plan your trip in advance with our handy centerfold maps. As you tour the homes, consider energy improvements to your own home.
The self-guided tour of solar and green homes is always held on the first weekend in October. The tour booklet (16MB download of the 2013 booklet) contains maps, directions to each home as well as informative articles.
The printed tour booklet is available for $2 at these locations:
Beans & Bagels
49 East Patrick St.
17 S. Market St.
14 W. Main St.
5813 Buckeystown Pike
5273 Buckeystown Pike
South Mountain Creamery
8305 Bolivar Road
Middletown, MD 21769
The 2013 tour will be on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will highlight a variety of design, technology and sustainable living concepts being used in homes throughout Maryland and the panhandle of WV.
Most homes and buildings on the tour contain a combination of renewable energy and energy conservation features. Some highlights include:
- Photovoltaic (pv) systems
- Solar hot water systems
- Geothermal systems
- Wind power turbines
- Green roof and water conservation
- Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
- Energy-saving building construction techniques
Some homeowners also practice additional conservation measures, such as composting, native plantings, water gardens and drive fuel-efficient or alternative energy vehicles.
Additional homes located in MD, VA and DC can be viewed on our Sister Solar Tour, the Annual Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar Homes & Buildings.
How to Show Your Home on the 2013 Tour
To include your home on the tour, please use the “Contact” form on this website to submit your request before May 1, 2014.
Solar Tour Advertising and Sponsorships
For sponsorhips and advertising in the 2014 Maryland or Washington DC Metropolitan area Tour of Homes, please use the “Contact” form on this website to submit your request. The deadline for Ad submissions is June 1, 2014.
- Click here for the 2013 advertising/sponsorships price list.
- Maryland guide artwork sizes (width x height)
Full-page ad: 5 in. x 8 in.
Half-page ad: 5 in. x 4 in.
Quarter-page ad: 2.5 in. x 4 in.
Business card sized ad: 2.5 in. x 1.5 in.
- Washington DC Metro guide artwork sizes here
The Annual Tour of Solar and Green Homes is organized by a staff of dedicated volunteers to educate the public on the positive aspects of Solar Energy. We are a not for profit 501 (c)(3) organization interested in promoting sustainability and renewable energy.