Value of Solar

Achieving Home Energy Independence

As concerns over climate disasters mount and energy costs rise, more homeowners are turning to renewable energy options to achieve energy independence and enhance their energy resilience. When we talk about “home energy independence,” we are typically referring to the means of gaining independence from utility companies, rising energy costs, and fossil fuels. Homeowners want freedom from unpredictable energy costs, dependence on fossil fuels, and reliance on utility companies.   

Solar and home electrification improvements, such as heat pumps and Electric Vehicle charging, offer a pathway to increased independence and significant cost savings. While many solar-curious people perceive going solar as a purely environmental endeavor, homeowners nationwide go solar for the financial benefits and energy security that solar can offer in the face of volatile utility costs and increasing outages from climate-related disasters like storms and floods.   

Photos-116.jpgLastly, gaining home energy independence through solar helps alleviate stress on our local grids. This ultimately increases your entire neighborhood’s resiliency and dependence on dirty, fossil fuel-based energy sources. Investing in your own home’s energy also contributes to our whole country’s energy independence and furthers our efforts to transition to renewable energy-based systems.  Let's dive into what energy independence through solar could mean for you.    

Why Energy Independence Matters   

Financial Benefits: 

Transitioning to an energy independent home results in long-term savings. You are no longer subject to fluctuating energy prices, offering peace of mind and energy price stability. This stability is especially relevant in places like Massachusetts, where residents pay 30% more in energy costs than the national average.   


Homes with their own energy production systems depend less on external energy sources, meaning homeowners can rest easily during power outages or energy crises. A 2022 research article states, “One way to develop energy resilience is to integrate energy resilience products and practices into everyday life.” We’ll discuss some of these products and practices later in this post.   

Photos-137.jpgIncreased Home Value: 

There's a growing trend in the housing market, especially in regions like New England, where homes with renewable energy infrastructure sell for higher prices. Potential buyers recognize the advantage of reduced energy bills and are often willing to pay a premium for it.   

Environmental Impact: 

Every step toward energy independence is a step toward reducing carbon emissions and our environmental footprint. According to an article published by researchers at Duke University, “Implementing energy efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors is one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change because it allows for the same outcome to be produced by less inputted energy.”   

So, what does energy independence look like on a macro level? When considering the global perspective, household energy independence is not just an isolated trend; it’s part of a more significant shift towards decarbonization and energy security. ReVision’s co-founder, Phil Coupe, says that “adding solar to your home is one of the most patriotic things you can do.” Within this context, consider the United States’ contributions to global efforts towards making the clean, renewable energy transition.    

Energy Independence in the United States

As more homes produce their own energy, our country's dependence on imported energy gets reduced. A recent article published in the Energies Journal confirms this: “An increase in households’ energy production helps to reduce the level of energy dependence in developed countries.”   

Photos-187.jpgA research article published in the journal Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, further breaks down the relationship between household energy production and a country’s energy dependence, stating, “By changing the selection and use of household and motor vehicle technologies, households can reduce their energy consumption by nearly 30%—without waiting for new technologies, making major economic sacrifices, or losing a sense of well-being.” This decrease in home energy consumption would result in the overall US energy consumption dropping by 11%. Home energy independence will save money and help facilitate the United States' green energy transition.  

How To Make Your Home Energy Independent 

Energy Efficiency:

Initiatives like home retrofits, using energy-efficient appliances, and focusing on design considerations can be the first steps towards achieving independence. Small, cost-effective measures can result in big savings. From utilizing CFL bulbs over incandescent ones to sealing structural gaps to ensure heat stays in the house, these changes can transform your home’s energy consumption. The International Energy Agency highlights that “energy savings can be achieved through relatively simple technological retrofits or behavioral changes.”    

Solar PV System: 

SolaratHome-58.jpgSolar panels have become the quintessential tool for homeowners seeking energy independence. By converting sunlight directly into electricity, these panels enable you to produce your own energy, reducing reliance on the national grid. Over the years, solar technology improvements have resulted in more efficient panels at reduced prices.

The investment in solar panels often pays off within a few years, thanks to savings on electricity bills and potential government incentives or rebates. Solar panel installations can be tailored to your home’s energy needs and can be installed on rooftops or the ground. Community solar farms are another way to utilize solar energy, where you can purchase shares of a larger solar array to become a member. Energy produced by the solar farm is channeled into the grid and then allocated to you and other members based on the percentage owned.    

Battery Storage: 

AMontville-2.jpglongside solar panels, battery storage can be an approach to achieving home energy independence. As the sun doesn’t always shine, homeowners need a way to store excess energy generated during peak sunlight hours. Modern battery storage solutions, like the Tesla Powerwall or equivalents, allow homeowners to store this energy and use it during night-time or cloudy days, ensuring a constant energy supply. Battery technology and incentives continues to advance, leading to higher storage capacities, faster charging times, and longer lifespan. 

EVs and Home Integration: 

Photos-184 (1).jpgEVs and EV charging not only reduce reliance on fossil fuels but also support the grid's shift away from coal and gas. Additionally, EVs are cost-effective, being cheaper to operate and maintain. In regions like New England, charging an EV is considerably less expensive than traditional gasoline, especially when powered by solar. By pairing EV charging with solar energy, you can harness local sun power for your travels, promoting savings and environmental responsibility.    

Air Source Heat Pumps: 

SolaratHome-16.jpgA sustainable solution to home heating and cooling, air source heat pumps have garnered attention for their efficiency and reduced carbon footprint. Instead of creating heat, heat pumps move heat from one place to another using a tiny amount of electricity.

In colder months, they take warmth from the outdoors and bring it inside, and in warmer months, they do the reverse, acting as an air conditioner. This process can be up to three times more energy efficient than traditional heating methods, making heat pumps a great choice for those seeking energy independence and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.   

Home Energy Management Systems: 

Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) optimize energy use in homes. These systems integrate with appliances, lighting, heating, and cooling units to offer real-time monitoring and control of energy consumption. With the help of machine learning and predictive algorithms, HEMS can make decisions on when to draw energy from the grid, the solar panels, or the battery, optimizing for cost and sustainability. They also offer insights and suggestions for further improving energy efficiency, such as suggesting the best times to run heavy appliances. A great example of a smart energy system is They offer in-home electrical panel monitoring, giving insight into the energy usage of different appliances.

Montville-21.jpgHome energy independence is not just a matter of being eco-friendly; it also means having financial stability, resilience, and a positive impact on global sustainability goals. Renewable energy is constantly advancing and improving, making home energy independence more feasible and accessible. By pursuing this goal, we’re helping ourselves and the planet. 

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