To be ‘energy independent’ refers to the state whereby a home is no longer reliant on an external power source, such as a power company, for its electricity. An energy independent home produces, stores and consumes its own energy, creating potential benefits for home owners as well as the wider community.
In this article we take a look at energy independence for homes in Australia; what it is, where it has come from, and how to approach and achieve it.
Energy Independence Essentials
To become ‘energy independent’, a home requires an independent supply of power (such as solar power), a means to store collected electricity (a battery) and the optimisation of the home (and vehicle) to use that power.
Energy Independence Vs Electrification
Energy Independence and Electrification are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are different terms. Electrification refers to the process of powering things by electricity; it also often means introducing electrical power to replace other power sources. Energy independence, meanwhile, is the achievement of the state of not being reliant on an external source for energy.. energy independence is a state, whereas electrification is a process. Mostly energy independence and electrification are bundled together because electrification is the most likely way energy independence can be achieved.
Steps to Energy Independence
- Collect your own power – solar power
- Store your own power – battery
- Optimise appliances to exclusively use collected power
Energy Independence Technology
The technology used to create energy independence is evolving at a rapid pace, making it increasingly more accessible, more efficient and safer for everyday homeowners. This technology includes solar cells and inverters, energy management hardware and software, battery storage, EVs and EV charging capability. The advances of this technology are driven by parallel technology research and development, particularly in electric vehicle design.
Benefits of Energy Independence
Energy independence has benefits for the home as well as the wider community:
Benefits for the Home
- No longer reliant on fossil-fuelled power
- Free from energy price swings
- Detailed awareness of carbon footprint
- Cleaner internal air (no gas / combustion)
Benefits for the Community
The ability of Australia to achieve its goals of net zero emissions requires an ever-increasing uptake of energy independence in coming years. With no reliance on fossil-fuelled power for energy needs, energy-independent homes (and businesses) will make a negligible impact on the national carbon footprint.
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