Hands-on experience built in partnership with City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center
ORLANDO, Fla. – OUC—The Reliable One, has unveiled Central Florida’s first Tiny Green Home, a hands-on experience to increase sustainability education and awareness in Central Florida, today. Built by OUC, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center (OSC), and maintained by OSC, the 200-square-foot home opens to the public in March.
The Tiny Green Home provides a hands-on experience through interactive displays that educate visitors on energy and water conservation measures, sustainability rebates, vehicle electrification, renewables, composting, food gardens and other efficiency methods. The home includes a functioning roof-top solar array and a rain barrel to collect and conserve water, and special windows that darken as the sun brightens, among other green features visitors can add to their own homes.
“Guests of the Science Center will be able to visit the Tiny Green Home to get a hands-on experience with sustainability through interactive displays, while learning about energy and water conservation measures, and other efficiency methods,” said Clint Bullock, OUC’s General Manager & CEO. “Ideally, visitors will apply these lessons in their own lives and make their own homes more sustainable and energy efficient.”
The $125,000 project is funded equally by OUC and the City, along with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge, an initiative that empowers 25 of the largest U.S. cities to implement near-term climate goals and become primary drivers of progress toward meeting America’s pledge on climate.
The display is located at Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park. It will be open during Otronicon at Orlando Science Center, Feb. 12-15.
About OUC—The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to about 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.