The First Now House

The Retrofit Process: Appliances

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Replace appliances

Appliances were replaced with new ENERGY STAR rated appliances that will yield big savings in electricity and water usage. Refrigerators are on all the time and new ones can cut electricity use by up to 50%.

Thanks to our appliance sponsor Whirlpool Canada, Now House is equipped with the following ENERGY STAR rated appliances: refrigerator, range, microwave, and front loading washing machine. In addition, Whirlpool provided a new range hood and energy efficient clothes dryer.

The Retrofit Process

To achieve our goal of a near zero energy retrofit we made the following changes to this home. As all existing houses have a unique set of conditions and characteristics, the application of the Now House process to another house would produce different design specifications. What follows is not a prescription for the near zero retrofit of all homes.