Whether you know it or not, you’re personally contributing (either positively or negatively) to the global alternative energy industry each day. If you’ve made positive decisions to install solar panels, invest in renewable energy, and recycle whenever possible, then you may be happy with your contributions. Conversely, if you’re using outdated energy systems or consistently throw away single use plastics, then you might be surprised by the negative impact your actions may have. Wherever you lie on the spectrum, it’s essential to learn more about how you can actively participate in the creation of a world that values renewable energy. As an added benefit, you may also find out how to reduce your monthly utility bill. Regardless of your motivations, here are a few ideas that will help you to better understand your current position within the global alternative energy industry.
Solar panel installation
Whether you are the owner of a small residential property or a large commercial building, there are enormous benefits that come with installing solar panels. Doing so can lead to incredible energy savings, which in turn ends up costing you less on your energy bill each month. Consider these figures over a longer period of time, and you can hope to see some truly astounding savings.
Each day, more Americans are choosing to install solar panels. Given the reduced costs of panel installation and the widespread knowledge of how renewable energy can improve our lives, it’s no surprise why they’ve become so popular. So where do you fit in the larger scheme of things? There are now 1.3 million solar installations across the United States, with a cumulative capacity of over 40 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that 1 megawatt of electricity can power 164 homes, so 40 gigawatts is enough capacity to power 6,560,000 U.S. households. By choosing to install solar panels, you can proudly place yourself among those households that are committed to creating a more sustainable future.
Decreased energy consumption
You’ve probably heard about some of the smaller ways in which you can reduce your everyday energy consumption. No matter how inconsequential they may seem, these changes do add up and are well worth your time. First off, you should consider your light bulbs. Changing to recent models of LED lights will ensure that you are not using any more electricity beyond the absolutely necessary. Not only do LED bulbs require less energy and expel less heat, but they’ll also last far longer than traditional halogen bulbs. Ultimately, you’ll spend less money on your lighting and will decrease energy waste at the same time.
Doing an analysis of your home’s insulation may also reveal some surprising facts in relation to your energy use. If you find that your heating and cooling systems are working overtime, then you should inspect your insulation (as well as schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC equipment). Doors and windows are particular culprits to watch, as this is often where hot or cold air is allowed to escape your home. By staying informed and taking small, consistent steps to conserve energy you will quickly see the positive benefits both in your home, your community, and the world at large.
Looking at your current energy usage may inspire you to make positive changes. If you decide to install solar panels, then it’s wise to choose an installation company that has the knowledge and experience to get things done right the first time. At EHSFL, our team has worked on numerous solar installations and we would love to help you take the first steps toward reducing your carbon footprint and saving energy in the process. Get in touch with us today so we can get started on working together to build a better, brighter future!