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Annual Chicagoland Home Tour Showcases the Latest in Smart Meters &
Money-saving Smart Home Technology
Chicago, IL – The biggest trend emerging this year on the 2016 GreenBuilt Home Tour is smart home technology and tools that empower residents to save money and energy. The 4th annual home tour, which provides homeowners access to one-of-a-kind homes that demonstrate the latest in green building design and technology, will feature for the first time smart thermostats, smart lighting and other cost saving tools available to any homeowner.
ComEd’s roll-out of the smart grid and smart meters that allow residents access to their daily and hourly energy use are making these new technologies the future for their data to take energy efficiency actions that make sense for their home.
“Now with smart meter data and technologies like smart thermostats, homeowners can manage their energy use – empowering them to save money and the planet,” said Brian Imus, Executive Director of USGBC-Illinois, an organizer of the home tour. “This is the first year the tour will highlight these technologies in action and provide detailed information on utility rebate and saving programs.”
“We’re excited to educate visitors about the ways they can benefit from the smart meters being installed in every home in Illinois,” said Anne Evens, CEO of Elevate Energy, which is participating in the GreenBuilt Home Tour. “We’ll explain how pairing that new technology with tried-and-true efficiency upgrades like air-sealing and insulation are the most cost-effective way to lower utility bills, protect the environment, and even increase the value of a home when it goes on the market.”
Smart home technologies allow residents to take their energy data one step further. Homes on the tour this year will highlight smart thermostats, smart lighting, smart furnaces, solar panels and will provide attendees with opportunities to ask questions of builders and energy experts about how these emerging technologies work and how easily these technologies can be implemented in their own homes.
Tour participants will learn what their Smart Meter can do for them now by gaining access to hourly, daily and monthly usage information which provides the power to make changes and save. Residents can learn more at ComEd.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome. For more details and tips for consumers, visit www.greenbuilthometour.org and click on ‘energy efficiency’ at the top.
The tour debuted in 2013 as an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter. There were over 2,000 home visits tallied last year and this year more than 70 volunteer docents will be on site to assist visitors and assemble groups to explore each residence – led by the home’s architect or builder.
The homes featuring smart technologies and energy efficiency information stations are in communities across the region including La Grange, Orland Park, Highland Park, Libertyville, Lisle, and several locations in Chicago. For a list of all homes on the tour with addresses and pictures, visit www.greenbuilthometour.org.