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The holiday season is often a time when we hear of open houses. When people are invited into their neighbor’s homes to see all the special decorations. In early October, of each year there is another unique day of open houses, It’s not about decorations however, so not just any home will do. These homes must be solar homes. We choose to air this next segment now, not because it is holiday themed but because this also the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. This is the day when the noon day sun is the lowest in the sky. And it is during this time of year that homes employing a technique called “passive solar” really shine. What is passive solar? It sounds scary, complicated and expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth according to our next guest, it just involves making informed choices. The point of the solar tour is that we all need to be learning about these options. Now we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the hard work of Aur Beck from Advanced Energy Solutions. He coordinates this tour for our region each year. And thanks to all the people who opened up their homes, to show us what is possible today.