Energy Efficient Homes on Tour

It's spring time! That means home tours! And here is the next one!

Xcel Energy's Energy Efficient Homes on Tour showcases 53 exciting, beautiful Twin Cities homes that are all energy efficient!  The homes are 15 to 30% more energy-efficient than conventionally built homes. All of the homes have been certified by Energy Star or the Minnesota GreenStar programs.

The tour free and open to the public April 16 through 18, and April 23 through 25. The hours are Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 6 p.m.

A full tour map and guide is available at Warners' Stellian stores, Hirshfield's locations and in the April issue of Mpls/St. Paul magazine.

What will you see?

• Sustainable designs
• Sustainable materials
• Compact construction
• High-performance windows
• Efficient heating, cooling equipment
• Efficient appliances
• High-efficiency lighting
• Low-flow faucets

But that doesn't mean they don't have open floor plans, beautiful Gourmet kitchens, and hardwood floors

Through Xcel Energy's conservation program called Energy Star Homes, homeowners can see lower energy costs, have fewer maintenance concerns and notice healthier indoor air quality and quieter homes.

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