Maryland Tour of solar and Green Homes highlights sustainable homes

Homeowners, green advocates, builders, and architects are invited to the Maryland Tour of Solar & Green Homes to be held on Saturday October 4th, and Sunday 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You will have the unique opportunity to view energy-efficient homes with solar energy and a variety of other green features. This year we also have four straw bale homes on the tour. This is a self-guided tour, so you can visit the homes you choose, and as many as your schedule permits.

An informative tour booklet is available which includes descriptions of each home, as well as maps with easy to follow directions.

You can download the Maryland Tour booklet for FREE at


Download the Maryland Tour booklet for FREE at Or, save your printer ink and pick up a copy of the tour booklet for just $5 at these participating outlets in Frederick County:

2014tourinfoBeans & Bagels
49 East Patrick St.
Frederick, MD

Trail House
17 S. Market St.
Frederick, MD

Main Cup
14 W. Main St.
Middletown, MD

Common Market
5813 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD

Mom’s Frederick
5273 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD


The Maryland Tour booklet also includes informative articles and resources on conservation and sustainable living. This year the booklet includes articles on:

• The ROI (Return on Investment) for solar PV and solar thermal systems which includes a listing of current State and Federal incentives and grants.

• A local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), where consumers support local farms, sharing in the risks and rewards of small scale local agriculture.

• Electric vehicles currently in production, including costs and incentives. This article was provided by the “Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC” (

• A look at a straw bale home currently under construction in near Frederick just off of Yellow Springs Road.

• Some creative ways to save your stream from your lawn.

• An update on local efforts supporting the “Campaign to Divest” movement to reduce carbon pollution.


The booklet is designed to be reference for those interested in conservation, renewable energy and sustainability. Check out the (Maryland Goes Green) website for additional details.

richphotoRich Maranto is a business owner and renewable energy advocate living in Middletown Maryland. His home is #4 on the tour and features active & passive solar as well as a geothermal system.

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.

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.