At the typical county fair, you might expect to see a funhouse, haunted house, a house o’ elephant ears. But a tricked-out, interactive EnergyStar demo home?

Seems a bit out of place, but that’s what fairgoers can expect to find — not too far off from the petting zoo, bumper cars, and corn dog kiosks — at the final weekend of the Los Angeles Country Fair in Ponoma.

The home in question is the centerpiece of the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign that aims to encourage “all Americans to join with millions of others and take small, individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against global warming.”

According to the EnergyStar website, at the demo home “visitors can interact with educational displays in a living room/home office, kitchen, and kid’s room, and in a home-improvement area that highlights proper air and duct sealing and insulation.” Also featured in the home are programmable thermostats, energy-efficient lighting, EnergyStar-approved heating and cooling appliances, and more.

The home isn’t just making a special appearance at the L.A. County Fair, which by the way, has a dedicated Going Green expo. It’s touring some equally unlikely venues as part of the campaign. It’ s already been at the Plano Balloon Festival in Texas, and after Ponoma it will move on to a Lowe’s store outside of Seattle, Boston Medical Center’s Halloween Town, and will end at National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington D.C. in April, the only rational-seeming stop. But these oddball event locations are actually quite smart and in line with EnergyStar’s mission to educate and inform “all Americans.” Yes, average Americans don’t all go to green expos — they’re more likely to hit up county fairs, Lowe’s stores, and um, balloon festivals.

So if you happen to be at the L.A. County Fair this weekend and need to retreat from the vomit-strewn, scream-filled midway or duck into somewhere as the crowds from the motocross show stampede out, seek sustainable shelter in the EnergyStar home. It looks pretty cool. And if you don’t plan on attending any of the above events, you can tour the house online.

Via [Los Angeles Times]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Corn dogs, carnies and compact fluorescents
This weekend, the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign's interactive demo house hits the L.A. County Fair, of all places.