The VISION House is off the grid, so the design team had to carefully consider the energy load long before choosing what type of alternative energy system would be appropriate to power the buildings. The list of places to cut energy use includes appliances, ventilation fans, HVAC, and lighting.
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Household appliance consumption accounts for 21—25% of a total utility bill. That's why it is important to use Energy Star–qualified appliances, which use 20—30% less energy than non-EnergyStar models. EnergyStar–qualified refrigerators use 20% less energy, dishwashers use 10% less energy and 18% less water, and TVs will use 30% less energy (on average).