This morning I was reading Front Porch Forum and an item about an energy tour caught my eye. I read further and discovered that I could take a self-guided tour of five different homes showcasing masonry wood-fired heating systems and passive solar designs. The five homes are in Underhill and Jericho. Turns out I’m familiar with two of the homes. One is Brian and Sara Riley’s home, Wulfden, in Underhill (see photo below). The other house I’ve been to is Tom and Debbie Moore’s home on Stevensville Road in Underhill Center. This house was built from trees mostly harvested from their land, using locally sourced materials. The major objective of the house was to build the most energy efficient and comfortable home possible — for “aging in place” — with little environmental impact, using local and recycled materials. The tour of all five homes is Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Underhill Energy Committee. You can also take a guided tour at 8:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. For more information about the tour go to Underhill Energy Resources. To read Front Porch Forum, become a member in your community at www.frontporchforum.com.