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Solar Home Tour Shows Benefits Of Sun Power

GRAPHIC: A tour of solar-powered homes in Las Vegas this weekend shows the benefits of using sun power. Image courtesy of the EPA.
GRAPHIC: A tour of solar-powered homes in Las Vegas this weekend shows the benefits of using sun power. Image courtesy of the EPA.
October 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas residents are being encouraged to tour solar-powered houses Saturday to learn more about the savings associated with harnessing the sun's energy. Solar NV is sponsoring the American Solar Energy Society's National Solar Tour of several houses using solar energy on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

According to Solar NV President Guy Snow, he personally powers his home with solar energy, and the cost savings can amount to thousands of dollars per year.

"The best benefit that I like ... I have an older home, have a big shop and I have solar on my house; the best part I like is that I'm controlling my energy costs," Snow said. "I'm paying $10.50 a month."

Snow said at least two builders in Las Vegas only put up new houses powered by solar energy, but that there are other options available for people wanting to convert an existing home to solar.

"You're able to either refinance or get a green mortgage, or a home improvement for the solar that's tied just to that, so that you can get that on your existing home also."

Snow says the Solar Tour features about a dozen homes that are currently solar powered. He says it's a good opportunity to learn how solar energy works for home use.

To take part in the solar tour you must register online at SolarNV.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV