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Parade of Homes Display Features Energy-Saving Ideas

For more information contact:
George Douglas (303) 275-4096
e:mail: george_douglas@nrel.gov

Golden, Colo., July 29, 1998 — The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory will showcase energy efficient and solar energy ideas for homebuyers and homebuilders during the Denver-area Parade of Homes.

NREL's exhibit features information on energy-efficient lighting, building design, windows and insulation. The display also showcases the power of the sun with photovoltaic roofing material and other solar cells. Photovoltaic cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.

A "Kids Clubhouse" displays several solar powered toys for younger visitors.

The exhibit, in the Built Green Pavilion area of the Parade of Homes, focuses on technologies that homebuilders and homeowners can expect to use both now and in the near future. The displays underscore DOE programs designed to help the environment by making better use of energy.

NREL is the nation's premier laboratory for research into renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. During the lab's 20 years in Golden, NREL scientists and engineers have supported and participated in a number of Colorado-based events and initiatives to encourage the use of clean energy and energy efficiency. Thousands of people visit the NREL Visitors Center on Denver West Parkway each year to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. For more information on the Visitors Center, call (303) 384-6565.

The Parade of Homes at the former Lowry Air Force Base runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Aug. 1 through Sept. 8.

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