Idler’s donates appliances to Solar Cal Poly
– Idler’s Home is helping the Solar Cal Poly team prepare for the Solar Decathlon competition next month. The store recently donated energy efficient appliances to go in a model home designed and built by students.
The Solar Cal Poly team is made up of students from across various colleges and majors who design and construct the model home on campus, then break it down to be transported to the competition. A dishwasher and refrigerator will go in the home’s kitchen, and the laundry room will be outfitted with a washer/dryer combination machine. All of the appliances were selected by the team for their energy efficiency, size and shape. Everything inside the home must function as if it were being lived in.
The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition where 17 universities across the nation create and build functional net zero homes. It’s organized by the U.S. Department of Energy. Teams are judged on efficiency, cost, overall aesthetic, consumer appeal and communication. Cal Poly was selected as a candidate to enter the competition this year, which will be held this October in Orange County.
Don Idler, president of Idler’s Home, said that he was thrilled when the Solar Cal Poly team reached out to him to find specialty appliances. “I hope people in San Luis Obispo County will look toward this project for inspiration on how to make their homes energy efficient.”
Idler’s Home has been a family-owned business on the Central Coast since 1954 with showrooms in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. It offers major appliances, kitchen and cabinetry design, outdoor living products, furniture, mattresses and more.
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