You’ve probably heard of it: an energy-neutral house. Enjoying all the luxury without having to pay for energy. Sounds good but how can you live energy-neutral and what do you have to do for it? Here are some free tips to make your home more energy-efficient.
Did you know that…
…15% of all energy is used for housing purposes?
… the Netherlands has the ambition to be energy-neutral by 2050?
… in 2020, every newly-built home is practically energy neutral?
What is an energy-neutral home?
An energy-neutral home consumes as much energy as it generates. The term energy-neutral is often confused with the term self-sufficient. The difference between these two forms of living is that a self-sufficient house, in addition to generating its own energy, is completely closed off from the energy grid. By storing energy, sufficient energy can still be used during the winter months.
Saving energy in your own home
An energy-neutral home is still a distant dream for many households. In many cases, you’ll have to take the following measures:
- Proper insulation of your home (roof, walls, floor)
- Triple glass or High Efficiency
- A ventilation system with heat recovery
- A heating system that works via a heat pump or solar water heater
- Solar panels to generate electricity
- Measuring equipment to record how much energy you consume and how much you generate.
Want to find out how you can save energy in your home? Use the RVO energy saving explorer! It shows you exactly what measures are needed and what the effect is.
Are you planning to refurbish and make your home energy-neutral? You can do it in two ways.
Wil je gaan verbouwen en jouw woning energieneutraal maken? Dat kan op twee manieren.
- Do everything at once
- Make your home energy-neutral step by step
Everything does, of course, depend on your personal situation. Are you already living in the house or is there a certain period that you want to refurbish? Do you have enough money available and what is the condition of your home? They are all questions that you know the answer to.
The advantage of doing everything at once is the guarantee that, after the refurbishment, you’ll be living in an energy-neutral home. More and more parties offer this guarantee. In a step-by-step approach, you can make the investment when something really needs to be replaced.