The First Now House
The Retrofit Process: 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 First Homeowner
- The Design Competition
- Design & Technology
- Small House—Big Results
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.