This Home Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer in the Dead of Winter

By: | November 21st, 2014

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To say winters are cold in Wisconsin is like saying Jack Nicholson got a little chilly in The Shining. Wisconsin winters are beyond cold and for long stretches of time.

But living in a German certified passive house, Wisconsin entrepreneur Sonya Newenhouse is handling the onset of winter without a hitch.

Her 970 square-foot home stays warm throughout the harsh winter with the help of a small 1300-watt electric heating system for the rare times it’s needed … using less energy than running a typical hair dryer.

Newenhouse‘s home maintains temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit throughout winters despite exterior temperature going down well below zero.

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Certified by the German Passivhaus Institute, the success of this passive house is due to a number of features, including walls about 18 inches thick, air tight insulation,  triple-paned windows and doors that utilize natural light and keep cold air out.

Approximately 80 to 90% more efficient than the standard home, this exceptionally well-designed passive house has a number of other green features. The house is built and furnished using mostly recycled materials, has rooftop solar array and a food-producing garden.

The estimated total annual electric demand for all three occupants of Newenhouse is just 6,119 kWh.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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