Energy independence is something you tend hear when talking about whole countries and their efforts to stop importing so much oil. However, for decades individual homeowners have been getting in on the act too, reducing the amount of fossil fuel they burn and/or electricity they pull from the grid. The idea is simple; to replace these external sources of energy with renewable energy that is generated on-site at the home itself. Now, while there are more than a few homeowners out there that attempt total energy independence, most aim for something a little more achievable. Simply reducing the amount of fuel you burn or electricity you take from the grid can be a very rewarding experience, in more ways than one. So without further ado, lets take a look at what’s to be gained from a little (or a lot) of energy independence, both financially and in terms of personal satisfaction. There’s a lot to say about independence from the electricity grid, but considering that at SunPump we make make renewable energy home heating systems, we’ll focus on heating independence at home.
Energy Independence: A Little Goes A Long Way
Home Heating Independence: For traditional home heating systems, by far the most common option out there are oil or gas boilers and furnaces. While these systems offer quick and easy heat on demand, the cost of fossil fuel has been rising steadily, and the occasional blip aside, will only continue to become more expensive as time goes by. Creating energy for heating right in your own home with a renewable energy heating system offers a lot of advantages over these older systems. Take the SunPump; it will match or beat the performance of traditional heaters in every way that matters, providing heat on demand for your home and your domestic hot water needs, 24 hours a day, without needing help from another heating system. It does this with clean, renewable energy captured by it’s solar thermal panels, totally eliminating homeowners’ dependence on external fuel sources like oil or gas. Not only does this grant you a great deal of satisfaction (you’re greatly reducing your carbon footprint, which is great for the environment), it offers some big financial rewards too.
Financial Rewards: with a renewable energy heating system, the most direct financial reward is the savings made on monthly bills. Even in areas where fossil fuels are still (temporarily) cheap, renewable energy is free, so you’ll still be seeing savings. With a SunPump, you can expect to save many hundreds dollars per year, depending on how much heat you need and how energy efficient your home is. The system pays for itself with these savings within a few years, and provides many more years of pure savings over the course of its lifetime. It’s a win-win scenario; homeowners get the satisfaction of creating their own source of energy (and the knowledge that they’re doing their bit for the environment), while also making great savings on bills, without sacrificing anything in terms of comfort or reliability. Indeed, if anything a SunPump will actually improve the comfort of your home. It’s designed to work perfectly with radiant floor heating, which is by far the most comfortable and efficient heat distribution system out there. And we didn’t even get into how much value a renewable energy heating system adds to a home’s resale price.
There was a time when energy independence was a labour of love, something that hardcore energy or environment enthusiasts would have to pour money into in order to achieve their goals. Not anymore. The clean energy revolution is well under way, where renewable, clean energy outperforms fossil fuel without sacrificing performance. It’s great for the environment, your home and your wallet.