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OHIO'S FIRST ALL-GAS "SMART HOUSE" DEBUTS AT CLEVELAND HOMEARAMA

 OHIO'S FIRST ALL-GAS "SMART HOUSE"
 DEBUTS AT CLEVELAND HOMEARAMA
 CLEVELAND, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Northeast Ohio's first, fully- functional SMART HOUSE will be introduced during the 1992, Building Industry Association's (BIA) "All-Gas Homearama" in Brecksville's Crane Creek Park subdivision, August 1-16.
 Featured during the Cleveland Homearama, SMART HOUSE is sponsored by The East Ohio Gas Company and Columbia Gas of Ohio in conjunction with the BIA. This is the sixth SMART HOUSE built in the United States. In addition to the SMART HOUSE exhibit, East Ohio Gas will also display a natural gas vehicle for public viewing in the SMART HOUSE driveway.
 Since its inception in 1984, the BIA Homearama has been an important venue to introduce the latest in hew home construction and technology and natural gas equipment and appliances to the general public. By showcasing the futuristic SMART HOUSE, the BIA will continue its tradition of presenting cutting edge home innovations to area homeowners and potential home buyers.
 Built by John Zillich of Hinckley, Ohio, the fully-automated, SMART HOUSE features a centralized control pad which allows for home energy management, entertainment, lighting control, communications, security and safety. SMART HOUSE uses specialized natural gas piping and electrical wiring to bring new homes into the automation age and make them more marketable.
 Carole Liederbach, BIA executive vice president, said, "Homearama is a great opportunity for the general public to see the most innovative and current trends in new home construction. Having SMART HOUSE as a featured attraction for this year's event catapults the industry into the 21st century!"
 According to Zillich, "To builders, SMART HOUSE provides the chance to introduce new products to the market which accommodate changes in modern family lifestyles and the opportunity to boost the sale of new homes. To homeowners, it offers a more convenient lifestyle, increased comfort, more efficient energy management and increased property resale value."
 SMART HOUSE enables homeowners to control basic functions through a centralized control pad, remote control, programmable wall switches or any touch-tone telephone in the home, car or office.
 For example, this SMART HOUSE owner could use his or her phone to activate the thermostat to a natural gas furnace, start a home entertainment system and light gas logs in the fireplace before arrival at home.
 The key for homeowners is to make sure that the basic SMART HOUSE system is installed when building a new house, so they can take full advantage of new SMART appliances.
 Following market introduction into the single-family home market, SMART HOUSE products for rewiring multi-family homes will be available. A task force is currently developing products for retrofitting existing homes with SMART HOUSE technology.
 In a SMART HOUSE, conventional appliances can be used. Some new appliances, however, feed information into the SMART HOUSE system, providing functions beyond conventional appliances. SMART appliances include furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces and grills, air conditioning and consumer electronics.
 The East Ohio Gas Company and Columbia Gas of Ohio have assumed the responsibility of assisting the BIA in bringing the latest in home building technology to the consumer market. By offering consumers the opportunity to manage their own energy consumption, SMART HOUSE technology give them that option.
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 /CONTACT: Carole Liederbach (Homearama contact) of the BIA, 216-524-0755, or Anne Coulton (All-Gas SMART HOUSE contact) of the East Ohio Gas Co., 216-736-6226, or toll-free in Ohio, 800-556-4400/ CO: The East Ohio Gas Company ST: Ohio IN: UTI SU: PDT


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