BRING Home Tour: 'Seeing a credit on your energy bill is very exciting'

EUGENE, Ore. - Even though nearly every window that covers his green-focused home captures a stunning view of the surrounding south Eugene landscape, Gordon Tibbitts appreciates the sight of his energy bill the most.

"Seeing a credit on your energy bill is very exciting," Tibbitts said.

His home on Fox Hollow Road, dubbed "Chase Ranch", is so green it donates energy back to the grid.

"With the efficiency of solar panels and insulation today, your pay back is not 8 to 10 years. It's just a few years," said Tibbitts.

Chase Ranch is one of 12 stops on Sunday's "Art Of Sustainability" tour, a self-guided trip sponsored by BRING Recycling that takes people through a range of sustainable structures in the Eugene/Springfield area.

Julie Daniel, director of BRING said the tour connects people with homeowners and contractors and shares ideas on how they too can live more efficiently.

"We cover solar, energy efficiency, green building, building with used materials, home food production, urban farms, chickens, bees vegetables," said Daniel.

Tibbitts' home boasts motion sensors, geo-thermal floors, smart computers and a wind turbine, but he says there are many simple ways to make you house more sustainable.

With government tax credits on solar panels and some energy efficient appliances, often the most expensive part of going green is in the labor.

"People put in some LED's, you know, insulate, put up a solar panel or two up. It's worth it and that's straight up, easy stuff to do," Tibbitts said.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

BRING Home and Garden Tour tickets are $9 in advance or $12 on the day of tour, and may be purchased at Down to Earth, Lane Forest Products, BRING, and online at

Daniel said about 800 people attended last year.