GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Imagine a home without a utility bill or one with secret rooms.
The latest trends in the home industry are on display during this year's Parade of Homes Spring Preview. There are 342 homes to walk through and 94 of those are part of the new "Energy Efficient Home Tour."
"This home nets zero energy," says Rocky Digiacomo from Digiacomo Homes and the builder of a home in Golden Valley that has perfect energy efficiency.
The home is one of three "dream homes" which highlight the Parade of Homes tour. The public can walk through the $1.3 million home and learn more about energy-saving technology like sophisticated insulation, super-efficient appliances, and geothermal heating and cooling.
"Not to mention the home has 22 solar panels that turn sunlight into electrcity," says Digiacomo.
A few cities away, a $5 million masterpiece is open to the public, too. Thousands of guests have visited and many of them looking to incorporate ideas into their own home.
"People are bringing in notepads and taking notes," says Peter Eskuche, the architect of the "dream home."
"They're asking a lot of material questions like what are the walls and counters made of or where can you find a certain kind of wood."
The Edina home features custom craftsmanship, seven fireplaces, and even a private study area accessible only through a hidden door.
A $5 donation is required to tour the three "dream homes" and the proceeds will help support the Builders Outreach Foundation, an organization that builds homes for deserving families.
The Parade of Homes Spring Preview is entering its final few days and wraps up April 3. For times, directions, and more information find it on the Parade of Homes website.
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