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Pa. DEP display offers energy-saving tips at Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection exhibit at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show will feature a house filled with energy-saving and environmentally-friendly tips.

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By Rachel Weaver
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

The state Department of Environmental Protection exhibit at the Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show is a life-size replica of a house filled with energy-saving and environmentally friendly ideas.

The three-room exhibit has a bathroom/laundry area, kitchen and living room showcasing decor, appliances and building materials that help improve energy efficiency, water conservation, radon awareness, air quality and other staples of environmental awareness.

The exhibit was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program. John Poister, DEP spokesman, says this is the first time for the exhibit at the home show.

The “house” has a floor made entirely of recycled materials, a radon-venting system, and a rain barrel for recycled water, among other features.

Show attendees also can ride the exhibit's bicycle to see the difference between energy required to light an incandescent bulb versus an LED bulb.

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