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SEE PREVIEW OF SMART HOUSE AT BUILDERS SHOW

 SEE PREVIEW OF SMART HOUSE AT BUILDERS SHOW
 DETROIT, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A half-hour before you awaken in


the morning, your SMART HOUSE controller turns up the thermostat to provide morning warmth. Twenty minutes later, it opens the blinds and draws the bath water. Ten minutes later, it starts the coffee pot. No matter how bleary-eyed you are, your day gets off to a brilliant start.
 Visitors to Detroit Edison's booth No. 105 at the International Builders Home Flower Furniture Show, opening tomorrow (Saturday, March 14) at Cobo Center, will see how such futuristic technology is ready for home buyers today. And the public will get a full-scale taste of the "smart life" when Michigan's first SMART HOUSE opens in May.
 Detroit Edison's new 1,200-square-foot, theater-style Builders Show display features lively demonstrations every 20 minutes of SMART HOUSE technology and applications.
 "SMART HOUSE provides a level of security, comfort, efficiency and convenience never before experienced in a home environment," said Bill Steele, Detroit Edison's builder liaison.
 "Some visitors may remember our SMART HOUSE display at last year's Builders Show," Steele said. "But 'bigger and better' is how I would describe this year's demonstration showcase. And it is a preview of many of the conveniences that Detroit Edison and the builder, Wake-Pratt Construction Co. of Troy, Mich., are offering in a spectacular 5,000- square-foot, all-electric SMART HOUSE in Oakland Township."
 Visitors to Detroit Edison's SMART HOUSE display at the Builders Show will see:
 -- Multi-way lighting control -- Dim or brighten a single light source from switches located in various parts of the house.
 -- Whole-house video distribution -- Play a videotape or laser disc in the living room, and watch it in any room in the house. Or check on a baby sleeping in the nursery.
 -- Whole-house telephone distribution -- Connect a telephone in any room. Talk room-to-room by using a simple touch-tone command.
 -- Mode control -- Program a series of activities to occur together. For example, DINNER mode can close window draperies, start the oven and dim lighting in the living and dining rooms.
 SMART HOUSE technology uses SMART-REDI wiring -- "the first major change in home wiring since the circuit breaker," Steele said. SMART- REDI wiring links together lighting, security, communications, space conditioning, entertainment and convenience devices. The devices are operated by a central system controller through a touch-tone telephone, keypad or touch-screen monitor. SMART-REDI wiring adds about $9,500 to the cost of a home, Steele said.
 In addition to the SMART HOUSE, Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) will feature displays on security lighting, electric safety, the geothermal heat pump and major electric service and communications improvements the utility is making for customers throughout southeastern Michigan.
 Michigan's first full-scale SMART HOUSE is under construction at the Meadows at Oakland Farms subdivision, near Gunn Road and Rochester Road in Oakland Township. The house will open for the public, with demonstrations by Detroit Edison, during the Spring Homearama sponsored by the Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.
 The Builders Show runs March 14-22 at Cobo Center. Show hours are 2-10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
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 /CONTACT: Vanessa Waters, 313-237-7255, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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