Can the US Be Energy Independent by 2016?

Published on: May 16, 2012

For the United States to become energy independent by 2016, individual homeowners have to get involved. It is not just a matter of cars and lawn mowers. The largest use of energy in a home is heating, air conditioning and water heating. If homeowners across the country work to significantly reduce these costs, energy independence is certainly possible.

Homeowners in Atlanta, GA, can have a home energy audit performed. This audit will identify the places that need insulation or repair. An air conditioning technician can insulate the attic, tune and repair the air conditioning unit and clean the air ducts. Any leaks in the ducts will be repaired so the unit will be as efficient as possible.

For an air conditioning unit ten years old or older, consider a replacement during the home energy audit. Newer units are far more efficient today. For new construction and renovations, units with a SEER rating of 13 or higher must be installed. Higher is better when it comes to SEER ratings. Some units have ratings of up to 24. Some units today are connected to solar panels and take part of their power from the sun; reducing the amount of grid power they use. This can save Atlanta, GA, homeowners up to 60% on their energy bill.

If the home energy audit reveals the home’s air conditioning system is inefficient, a replacement should be sought as soon as possible. By selecting a unit with the Energy Star certification and the highest SEER rating affordable, the homeowner will enjoy lower utility bills.

Another large energy user is the water heater. A home energy audit will reveal energy loss in this area. Many Energy Star certified units are available today, including solar powered ones.

Energy Star certified products qualify for tax breaks and incentives. This will help cut the cost of purchase and installation. The energy savings will cover the cost of the units over time and allow the United States greater energy independence by 2016.