Explore the interactive wheel below to discover how Dow energy products and solutions are helping to enhance sources, optimize uses and minimize energy losses to achieve a Zero Energy Home. Click on different parts of the house to learn more.
Imagine the end of utility bills — a future where all the energy homeowners need for everyday living is produced, stored and conserved by the home itself. And, of course, imagine how this leads to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions from the home. At Dow, we’re beyond imagination, inventing and bringing to market the very real solutions necessary to achieve a zero energy home — from solar roofing shingles to a full portfolio of energy-efficient products for the home like insulation, sealants, caulks and housewraps.
A true Zero Energy Home may not only account for its own energy footprint, but will have the potential to return energy to the electrical grid or provide it for other uses. One potential application of Zero Energy Home systems is the creation of homes that generate enough excess energy (via solar, wind or other sources) to create options for converting excess home energy into power for other applications such as transportation.
The way families use energy has everything to do with keeping each home's Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index at an absolute minimum. Today's energy efficient lighting, home entertainment, and home appliance solutions can be easily identified at point of purchase. They are often the most economical alternatives, too, with the ability to pay for themselves in energy savings over the life of the product.
Home insulation solutions are not just for the attic. Providing effective energy barriers at every point of potential heat loss can provide dramatic efficiency gains throughout the home and reduce each household's energy load on the grid and energy infrastructure. By insulating foundations and appliances (especially water heaters), families can dramatically reduce energy consumption compared to equivalent uninsulated options.