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Electronics and Environment Coexist in EcoManor

The EcoManor uses environmentally-friendly green technology to blend A/V, comfort and control.

Home electronics are great for entertainment and convenience, but can today's high-tech goodies also allow you to save energy?

Absolutely. Home electronics can even be a part of a green home that uses solar and geothermal power and is built using environmentally friendly materials. The electronics in this green home aren't just a part of the supporting cast, however: They're an essential element of a cutting-edge system designed not only to provide energy savings but also to monitor how much is saved.

This Atlanta home, called EcoManor, was just built by Rutherford and Laura Seydel in the city's prestigious Buckhead neighborhood. The house has already captured some attention for its use of alternative energies and green building materials, such as floors made from quick-growing bamboo and counters made with recycled glass. But perhaps the most innovative aspect of the earth-friendly house involves its electronics.

A Crestron home control system is used with an innovative Building Dashboard from Lucid Design Group that shows on a wall-mounted Crestron touchpanel how much, in dollars and cents, is being saved by using solar panels to produce electricity and geothermal energy to heat and cool the house.

To find out more about how this house saves, as well as get a peek at the interior and the equipment list, check out http://www.electronichouse.com/artic...t_in_ecomanor/
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