Tour at Museum Displays Green Living

March 05, 2010

Want to see Chicago’s greenest home? Visit Home: Green + Wired at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Situated on the museum’s east side, the exhibit is a real, functioning three-story home that features the latest in eco-friendly living and is being touted as the greenest home in Chicago.

In its third year, the 2500-square-foot demo house was redesigned in 2010 by Midwest Living to mirror the lifestyle of an empty-nester couple looking for minimal home maintenance with maximum efficiency.

Tour the greenest home in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry and learn a lot about smart living.

The Smart Home is powered by solar panels in the roof and a wind turbine in the front yard. A large tank under the home traps rain water, and the water is reused. Smart Technology allows homeowners to control temperature, lighting and entertainment features with the touch of a button.

There is a counter top in the kitchen that can wirelessly power appliances and charge mobile phones, a sustainable vegetable garden on the roof, a desk in the office constructed out of recycled paper and a trash can made from newspapers.

This exhibit is not included in the price of general admission to the Museum but should give you enough ideas for greener living that will save you money for a long time.

When: Now through January 3, 2011

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour times vary.


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