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Michigan Solar Home Tour
(for Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, Hastings, Dowling, Traverse City, Omena)
Saturday, October 17, 1998
9 am - 4 pm (Lansing Area)
10 am - 2pm (Traverse Area)
(Visit at any time during these designated hours. )
Lansing Area (888) 999-6424
Grand Rapids (616) 887-1462
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (616) 344-0691
Traverse City (616) 271-4850
In homes, schools and businesses across the country, renewable energy
technologies are producing clean, reliable and affordable power. But many
people are not aware that renewable energy has practical applications for
ordinary homeowners and businesses. This year, tours will be conducted in
more than 100 communities nationwide, so people can see that their own
neighbors are successfully using renewables for heating, cooling, lighting
Thanks to generous contributions of time and expertise of many individuals,
the 1998 tour is free. Maps available upon request.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Urban Options, 888-999-MICH, email@example.com ,
The American Solar Energy Society, 303-443-3130 http://www.ases.org/solar
Co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Urban
Options, and Michigan Businesses for Energy Efficiency
Urban Options, 405 Grove St., East Lansing
Urban Options features Michigan's 1st solar electric roofing shingle
system, completed in the spring of 1998. The 2 kW photovoltaic array
provides approximately 75% of the electricity needs and features back-up
storage and utility interconnection. Special exhibits and displays will
also be provided by members of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy
The house features a passive solar addition made with structural insulated
panels, recycled building materials, a high efficiency heating system,
superwindows, a heat recovery ventilator, and an ecological landscape.
This is an Energy Star home and has received a 5-star rating from the State
Directions: From the East: Take I-96 West to exit 110, rt. on Okemos Rd., 3
miles to Grand River, left on Grand River, about 2 miles to MAC in downtown
E. Lansing. Right on MAC, 1st left on Albert, 1st right on Grove. Park in
Grove Street Ramp. House is 2nd on left North of Linden Street (kitty
corner to parking ramp).
>From the West: I-96 East to I-69 North to US-127 South, exit on Saginaw
Hwy., left on Saginaw (2nd light), 2 blocks to split (stay to right),
Saginaw turns into Grand River, left on MAC, 1st left on Albert, 1st rt. on
Grove. Parking in Grove Street Ramp. House is 2nd on left North of Linden
Street (kitty corner to parking ramp). Phone #: (517)337-0422 or
Don and Pat Ballentine 7051 W Eaton Hwy., Lansing
This colonial ranch style, super-insulated home in Lansing includes 160
square feet of south facing windows which provide 20 percent of the
heating. The timberframe, which contains 30,000 pounds of oak, and 1/2
inch Real brick facing on the fire place, provide the thermal mass for this
direct gain passive solar home. Other energy efficient features include a
tankless hot water heater, low-E argon gas windows, insulated doors, an
air-to-air heat exchanger that both provides fresh air and recovers 80% of
the heat that is exhausted, as well as using landscape features to block
the summer sun.
Directions: From I-96 --Take I-96 to exit 90 at Grand River. Turn East,
or toward Lansing, onto Grand River. Turn right on Ingersol (first street
on right) . Take Ingersol over the railroad tracks to Eaton Hwy., which
goes right. House is the third driveway past Delta River Dr. and the
fourth house. Park on the road and walk down a steep driveway.
>From Saginaw: Take Creyts North to Willow. Turn left, then turn right onto
Webster, which angles off northwest. Take Webster across river to Delta
River Dr. Turn left and go to Eaton Hwy. Turn left onto Eaton Hwy. House
is the third driveway past Delta River Dr. and fourth house. Park on the
road and walk down a steep driveway. Phone #: (517) 321-1918.
David Wightman, 1325 S. College Rd., Mason
This home has 1 foot insulated outside walls, a 300 sq. ft. home made solar
air heating system, and 100 sq. ft. of solar hot water heating panels. For
supplemental heating, there are two fire places and a wood burner. This
house also features a 10X30 ft. solar sun room which will eventually serve
as a green house.
Directions: From Lansing take US-127 South to Kipp Rd. Exit (2nd Mason
exit). Right on Kipp. Head west 3 1/2 miles to 1st Stop Sign (College
Rd.) Left (South) 1 1/8 mile to 1325 S. College (on left).
The "Hometread", Matt and Beth Farner, 3125 Bross, Hastings
This home, which is made out of auto tires and empty aluminum beverage
cans, uses about 80 percent less space heating than the average house, and
can be built for less than $25 per square foot. The entire front of the
house is 8 foot glass windows---25 windows in total on 2 levels with a
stairway and landing with a deck off this level, then a small staircase to
the lower level. Indoor planters are used for thermal mass. The house is of
passive solar design with a masonry stove on the upper level and a wood
stove on the lower level. It includes hydronic floor heat, water supplied
by a catchbasin (cistern) system, and will eventually be wind and solar
Directions: From Hastings: Take M-43 South 3.5 miles to Goodwill Road.
Turn West (right) on Goodwill. Go one-half mile to Bross Rd. Turn Left
(South) on Bross and go one quarter mile to site on left (East) side of
road with red ribbons on Drive.
Lucy Patrick, 10350 S. Gurd Rd., Dowling
This 1800 square foot ranch style home was built as a demonstration of what
could be accomplished with solar technology. It uses passive solar design,
has a three season sunroom, active solar water heater and ground storage
system, and a PV system with battery storage. It utilizes DC appliances,
and has a wood fired masonry counter-flow fireplace available for heat.
Directions: House is between M-43 and M-37. From North: Take M-43 South
to Delton. Turn left (east) onto Delton, which becomes Pifer. Continue
East on Pifer. Turn left (north) on Banfield Rd., turn left (west) on
Drake, then left (south) on S. Gurd. Go left at fork in road. From South:
Take M-43 North to Delton. M-43 North curves in a northeast direction.
Turn right (east) onto Delton, which becomes Pifer. Continue east on
Pifer. Turn left (north) on Banfield Rd., turn left (west) on Drake, then
left (south) on S. Gurd. Go left at fork in road.
Traverse City Area
Visitors should go directly to the sites between the set hours of 9AM to 2
Traverse City Light & Power commercial wind turbine.
A 600 kW, Vestas V-44 wind turbine. The largest wind turbine east of the
Mississippi, accounting for all the electric needs for 165 residential and
20 commercial TCL&P customers.
Directions: Located 2 miles west of Traverse City directly off highway M
72 West (can't miss it) going towards Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Days Inn, 420 Munson Ave. Traverse City
Commercial solar hot water heating system. This is one of the largest and
longest operating solar hot water heating system in the Traverse City area.
A good example of what can be done to supplement hot water heating in a
Directions: The motel is located on Munson Ave. on the east side of
Traverse City just a few blocks east of Northwestern Michigan Community
College on the south side of the road. Munson Ave is also the main highway
US 31 N going out of the city to the east. Go to the back of the motel
where the solar panels can be seen. A volunteer will direct the tour
between 10AM and 2PM. Phone #: (616)941-0208.
Smiley-Kopka residence & Bay Energy Services, 10953 E. Pobuda Rd., Omena
This is a 1600 sq. ft. home and 800 sq.ft. office building complex that is
one of the longest running (over 10 years) "off grid" homes and office
entirely powered with a WPT 3 kW windmill and about 300 watts solar PV.
Other features include passive solar features, solar landscaping, solar
daylighting features and lots of interesting literature on solar and wind
energy. Visit between 10AM and 2 PM.
Directions: Go north on M-22 out of Traverse City, past Suttons Bay, past
the Leelanau Sands Casino one mile to Putnam Road. Go left on Putnam Rd
1.5 miles to first road, Pobuda Rd. Go left on Pobuda Rd. one mile to
intersection of Roubal Road at bottom of hill, just before horse farm.
Driveway is directly adjacent to Roubal Rd. Go right at driveway (two
track) 1/4 mile up driveway to home and office. Phone #: 616 271-4850.
Why Solar Energy?
Enough sunlight falls on the Earth's surface each minute to meet world
energy demand for an entire year.
The sun is a fusion reactor delivering 1.52 x 1018 kWh/year to earth. All
mankind's energy needs total less than 0.1% of this amount.
In 1995, oil imports accounted for 52 percent of U.S. oil consumption.
Buildings consume about 36% of all primary energy (excludes transportation)
produced in the U.S. and two thirds of all electricity generated.
In 1990, $140 billion was spent on energy in residential and commercial
buildings in the United States. $100 billion was spent on residential
For all types of buildings in all U.S. climates, the average energy savings
from cost-effective applications of renewable energy is 35%.
Passive Solar Buildings
Passive solar, or climate responsive, buildings use existing technologies,
techniques and materials for heating, cooling and lighting.
Passive solar buildings coordinate traditional building elements like
insulation, south-facing glass, and massive floors with the climate to
achieve sustainable results.
Passive solar buildings can be built for no extra cost while increasing
affordability through lower utility bills.
Passive solar buildings keep investment dollars in the local building
industry rather than transferring them to short term energy imports.
Solar Hot Water
Solar hot water collectors heat water for washing, showers, and other
Over 100,000 solar water heaters have been installed in the United States.
Electricity can be generated by a number of different renewable energy
technologies for residential use. The most common is photovoltaics, solar
cells that generate electricity when exposed to the sun.
Over the last twenty years, prices of photovoltaic cells have dropped an
average of 15% per year.
New products are now entering the market that take advantage of cost
savings by serving as both a functioning part of the structure as well as
an electricity producing element. Integrated designs include roof shingles
and tiles, semi-transparent curtain walls and skylights, awnings and entire
Urban Options Earth-Friendly Checklist
- get a home energy rating
- seal air leaks
- use efficient heating & cooling systems
- select efficient appliances and lighting
- design with passive solar
- reduce the use of materials
- recycle and buy recycled
- buy locally
- choose durable products & perform regular maintenance
- install low-flush toilets and faucet aerators
- install a high-performance showerhead
- use energy and water-efficient dishwashers
- use horizontal-axis clothes washers
- cut outdoor water use
Protect Your Health
- install a ventilation system
- control relative humidity
- avoid hazardous products
- reduce exposure to lead and asbestos
- use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- supply make-up air and vent all combustion equipment
- eat good food, drink fresh water, breathe fresh air, exercise, and think
Practice Ecological Landscaping
- start a compost pile
- use mulch to control weeds
- mow high and let it lie
- plant and care for trees
- plant a garden
- use alternative ground covers
- support ecological land use
- preserve and restore natural habitats
405 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Web Site: http://urbanoptions.org
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