How to Optimize the Electricity in Your Dream Home

Jan 19th 23

How to Optimize the Electricity in Your Dream Home

This article is brought to you by Sunnova & Infinity Energy

At the intersection of renewable power and smart home technology lies a reduced cost of living, fewer carbon emissions, and the path to a more sustainable future.

While electric power at home can sometimes be an afterthought and even taken for granted, excessive energy use may leave major impacts on your utility bills that could have otherwise been avoided.

In this article, you’ll learn how to optimize your home’s electricity to lower monthly expenses, intelligently navigate demand-based rate pricing, and increase your energy independence to achieve a more sustainable home, grid, and global community.

The Journey to Home Energy Optimization

To better your life and budget, there are many things that you can do to optimize your home’s energy efficiency and electricity resilience. As an ongoing process that can be implemented at your own pace, here are some guiding principles to follow when finding and implementing energy solutions on your property.

Use Less to Save More

With home energy optimization, the goal is always the same — to consume as little unnecessary power as possible. As an ultra-light backpacker is careful not to bring any extra weight on a long wilderness journey, you must transform your home into a lean-energy machine to reach peak optimization.

By cutting back on electricity consumption anywhere and everywhere, you can directly lower your home’s operating expenses month after month. As a penny saved is a penny earned, reducing power consumption is very valuable to help keep costs low while residential electricity rates rise at a record pace.

Quit phantom power: To start using less electricity immediately, aim to eliminate all phantom power consumption from your idle devices that consume electricity while plugged into an outlet. For easy energy management, phantom power consumers like computers, gaming systems, microwaves, and other large electronics should be placed on power strips or smart outlets, actively monitored, and always switched off when possible.

Upgrade old appliances: By replacing old appliances with more energy-efficient models, you can reduce your electricity consumption without making any significant changes to your lifestyle. From LED light bulbs to ENERGY STAR-certified washers and dryers, opportunities to increase your energy efficiency may be present in every room of the house. When you install smart devices, your life can become both easier and cheaper by scheduling high-consumption appliances to operate outside of peak energy demand hours.

Improve your building envelope: Although a holistic solution is more easily obtained in new construction, most homeowners can find ways to improve their building envelope in order to seal and maintain comfortable interior temperatures with less power consumption from energy losses. In addition to sealing any obvious cracks in the walls or frame, energy efficiency boosts can also be achieved with updated windows or added insulation.

Go Solar for Lower Costs and Zero Emissions

All over the United States, hundreds of thousands of home and building owners have gone solar to generate financial and environmental rewards. The Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes many benefits of residential solar including energy cost savings, increased home value, and substantial reductions in local greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter, and other dangerous pollutants.

By going solar and taking advantage of federal and local tax incentives, eligible homeowners can invest in their energy supply and install a personal renewable power plant. Working passively with very little upkeep typically required, solar panels can produce electricity for 25 years and more, independently on your roof or property.

Financially, most solar energy systems continue to generate usable electricity for many years after they have already “paid for themselves” in utility electricity costs avoided. Individual savings vary based on many installation factors including the size of the system, local sunlight conditions, and the cost of electricity from the connected utility.

Future-Proof with Battery Storage and Energy Management

Adding electricity battery storage is one of the best ways to prepare your home for a more sustainable future. Batteries come with several immediate and long-term benefits that help increase your energy independence to further control your electricity costs, emissions, and access to ongoing power.

As a clean-energy alternative to gas generators, backup batteries allow you to continuously electrify your lights, appliances, and even EV chargers during a local grid blackout. Throughout hours of peak demand and increased electricity rates, running your home with stored power, rather than utility energy, can also help reduce grid stress while avoiding scheduled or emergency-response higher-tiered prices.

To guarantee access to all of the comforts of your home with battery storage, you can choose to electrify existing gas-powered appliances such as heaters, stoves, or cooktops. While you may not be able to generate your own natural gas onsite, creating an all-electric property with solar and load management can give you the most control over your home’s energy.

Whether or not you have solar, homeowners installing a backup battery or smart energy management system may be eligible for several financial benefits designed to lower investment costs. In addition to the federal 30% investment tax credit (ITC) for electricity storage, anyone considering a battery or smart thermostat should also look for locally available incentives at the state, city, and utility levels.

Key Takeaways

At the end of the day, your personal energy optimization journey will be completely unique to your home. Although it takes time, effort, and investment costs to fully optimize your life, actively thinking about energy solutions and rolling out gradual improvements will lead to direct benefits for yourself and your community.

While more research will certainly be required to find the perfect size or model for your new appliances, PV solar system, or storage battery, here are three takeaways to keep in mind while optimizing your home’s energy:

  • Continuously look for ways to reduce your electricity consumption
  • Install PV solar to lower energy costs and eradicate your home’s carbon footprint
  • Consider battery storage to increase self-sufficiency and prepare for grid blackouts

To take one of the biggest steps towards home optimization today, get started with a free quote for your personalized solar energy system.

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