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Photo of a blonde female student cutting vegetables to put into a large blue pot that sits on the stove inside the kitchen of the 2007 University of Missouri-Rolla team home.

A member of the 2007 University of Missouri-Rolla team prepares a meal for the dinner party portion of the Appliances contest.

Solar Decathlon 2007


(100 points)

The Appliances contest is designed to reproduce appliance energy use in the average U.S. home. To earn points, student teams must maintain certain temperature ranges in their refrigerators (34°F/1.11°C to 40°F/4.44°C) and freezers (-20°F/-28.9°C to 5°F/-1.5°C). During the competition, they must wash and dry 12 towels for 2 days; cook and serve meals for 4 days; clean dishes using a dishwasher for 4 days; and operate a TV/video player for up to 6 hours and a computer for up to 8 hours for 5 days. Points are awarded for this contest through task completion.