Energy tours

Energy tours are a great way to explore your options when it comes to alternative energy for your home or business. Several nonprofit organizations sponsor energy tours across the nation. It’s easy to find one in your community and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with alternative energy experts about the benefits and costs of conservation and renewable energy investment.

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) organizes tours around the country with local chapters of ASES to introduce communities to the latest green energy technologies and financing programs. The ASES National Solar Tour 2012 stopped in 38 states at 578 registered Solar Tours.

Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) organizes annual energy tours throughout Montana that demonstrate energy conservation and renewable energy production options for home, business, government and more. AERO does about four tours per year across Montana.

Energy museums

It may strike you as odd that energy museums exist. However, when you think about the evolution of energy production, you can clearly see how some methods have gone the way of the dinosaur. Energy museums are a great way to glimpse back in our history and see how our current energy structure evolved and where it may go in the future.

The Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, Texas, is a great place to learn about the Texas oil industry, geology, the refining process and the formation of petroleum.

Another Texas museum featuring a slightly different model for oil procurement is the Offshore Energy Center in Houston. Visitors can tour the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center in Galveston to learn more about offshore oil drilling practices.

Georgetown Energy Museum in Georgetown, Colorado, showcases the history of hydroelectric power generation and its importance to Georgetown.

The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. Oak Ridge is one of the key cities where the atomic bomb was developed under the Manhattan Project. The museum features historical accounts of Oak Ridge, exhibits detailing the planet’s energy resources, nuclear energy production and its associated sciences.

Mound Science and Energy Museum in Miamisburg, Ohio, is another destination dedicated to the science of nuclear energy development.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science History in Albuquerque, New Mexico, formerly the National Atomic Museum, features exhibits that tell the story of America's nuclear history from weapons development to energy production.

Power plant tours

No matter where you live across the United States, your local power generation plant is likely to feature a tour or some form of public access and education. From live tours at the plant to virtual tours online, there are lots of ways to learn more about where your community’s energy is produced, what resources fuel your local power plant and how it affects your local environment and economy.

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