JOHN DAY - Rain or shine, the John Day Solar Tour is set for Saturday, Sept. 25.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Keerins Hall on the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day to start the tour.

The day will begin with a one-hour class titled "How to Save $$, Save the Planet, and Gain Some Independence for Yourself." According to organizer Jennifer Barker, every dollar we save on energy is a dollar we can spend on something else, so the Tour's emphasis this year is on "do-it-yourself" and low-cost solutions.

Attendees will learn how to analyze how much energy is used in their home, where the energy is going, and how much they can save with simple low-cost and no-cost do-it-yourself solutions.

The group will carpool to visit area homes and buildings with solar electric, solar hot water, and solar design features.

One of the homes is off-the grid and utility-independent, and all the homes demonstrate owner-builder projects.

Participants should dress for the weather, and bring a lunch.

The Energy Trust of Oregon and SolarWorld are title sponsors for the event. The class and tour are free. For more information, call Barker at 541-575-3633.

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