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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Home Life Contest

(100 points)

The Home Life Contest in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon gauges whether a house has what it takes to be a home. How well does it accommodate the pleasures of living, such as sharing meals with friends and family, watching movies in a home theater, checking social media, and taking a warm shower?

Points are awarded for:

  • Turning all lights on during specified time periods
  • Producing 15 gallons (56.8 l) of hot water (110°F/43.3°C) from the shower in 10 minutes or less at several times over the competition
  • Operating a television and computer during specified time periods
  • Hosting two dinner parties for neighbors
  • Hosting a movie night for neighbors.