if you haven’t noticed yet…
We are in the middle of a Renewable Energy Boom!
Despite the pandemic, the growth rate in the world’s renewable energy capacity jumped 45% in 2020, part of “an unprecedented boom” in wind and solar energy. That’s why there seems to be more solar companies than ever before and many of them are knocking on your door.
When I first started working in solar eight years ago it was very difficult to prove the advantages of solar to most people. When I would discuss what solar options were available back then it was like I was speaking a foreign language.
But it wasn’t because people didn’t understand what I was saying, it was because there was very little common knowledge about solar and they had nothing to compare it to.
There was no common ground to compare solar against.
It was difficult to show what a positive difference Solar made because most of us were happy as long as the power flowed to our home or business. We didn’t consider the effects our energy consumption had on the environment due to the lack of choices in energy providers. But over the last ten years we’ve all been educated about Solar to some degree and many of us are now much more aware of how our energy is produced and how Solar has changed our options dramatically. Solar has become not only more efficient but even more affordable than ever before.
But what can any one person do?
Actually there is a lot that all of us can do and if we start now and better manage our energy usage we won’t be forced into change by need or by nature.
Energy Conservation as a Habit
One of the simplest things we can do is to practice energy conservation. It’s really not that hard to do and when you realize that by conserving energy you can also save money. That can then translate into a noticeable difference in your electric bill and that’s when it starts to make dollar sense.
- Utilize natural light, open those curtains and blinds.
- Turn off lights and electronics when you aren’t using them.
- Replace Traditional Light Bulbs with LEDs.
- Install a Smart Thermostat.
- Ensure your home is properly insulated, check it and add insulation as needed.
- Install motion sensors for your outdoor lights and put decorative lights on a timer.
- Identify and unplug energy vampires such as any unused charging power transformers.
- Reduce appliance use, fill the dishwasher before running and consolidate clothes washing.