7/10/2019

How Can a Homeowner Gain “Energy Independence”?

Global Energy Independence Day is an annual celebration in July. While scientists around the world study how to make countries and cities energy independent, this day may not have much meaning to an individual homeowner. However, energy independence is important and possible for your home.

 

What is energy independence?

 

Attaining energy independence means that a system can fulfill its own energy needs. This can mean avoiding reliance on non-renewable energy sources or focusing on energy efficiency. A completely self-sustaining system is the goal, but many see it as impossible as the theoretical perpetual motion machine.

 

What does energy independence mean for individuals?

 

Having individual energy independence means your home uses very little outside or non-renewable energy. This means that you’ll save a lot of money on energy bills, and your home will be green and eco-friendly. It can seem like a lofty goal, but achieving this independence is beneficial for your wallet and the planet.

 

How can you achieve energy independence?

 

One way to manage this is to change your habits at home. Use less energy in general by turning the heat or air conditioning off at night, taking shorter showers, or unplugging appliances when not in use. You can also manage the energy in your home by upgrading the structure to be more energy efficient. Popular ideas include solar panels or double paned windows.

 

Zehnder America can help you.

 

An energy recovery ventilation system from Zehnder America will be a great asset to making your home energy independent. Look into having a balanced ventilation system to make your home efficient and comfortable. Check out our guide to ERVs or contact us today to learn more.