Homes open for energy tour Saturday

MONTAGUE — Among the hundreds of closed doors open Saturday for the regional Green Buildings Open House are three Montague homes, one an example of the Solarize Montague program.

The self-guided green building tours are sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association with hundreds participating across the Northeast, locally including Greenfield, Deerfield, Colrain, Wendell, Northfield, Whately, Ashfield and Warwick.

Sally Picks’ 25 Union St. home will be open from 1 to 3 p.m., with a range of energy improvements including solar panels being installed this week through the Solarize program.

The Solarize program is a state-backed alternative-energy initiative promoting solar electricity by aggregating buyers for a single solar installer, lowering prices through bulk purchase and lowered advertising costs.

More information on Solarize is available online at

Also on the tour in Montague Center, Cindy Tarail and Mark Lattanzi’s 24 Center St. home will be open 10 a.m. to noon for a look at a deep energy retrofit, and 6 Main St. will showcase a geothermal heating system and other improvements, time unspecified.

For full schedule details and to sign up for tour sites and plan an itinerary, visit

Pick notes her street may be being paved Saturday, and recommends parking near the post office on Main Street.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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