On the surface, harnessing the power of solar energy seems overwhelming, and costly. However, when a consumer weighs all of the benefits, the initiative seems to make more sense. No matter which side of the environmental/political divide you fall on, the benefits of solar power cannot be denied. The next time you learn of a neighbor or a business in your area ‘going solar’, there is a bigger picture involved. They may have weighed any combination of these benefits to invest not only in their future, but in the future of safe, earth-friendly resources.
Common Sense Energy.
Solar energy is the world’s most abundant energy resource, producing 10,000 times the world’s total energy usage. Why not use it?
Investment in the Future.
The United States is on track to be the 4th largest solar market. Businesses and homeowners are working together to make solar energy become a reality, investing in the future of our earth’s natural resources. Traditional energy sources (oil, coal) will not last forever. Solar energy, in contrast, is non-polluting, emitting zero carcinogens into the air keeps water supplies clean, and is not in danger of running out anytime soon.
According to Energy.gov, clean energy announcements could lead to as many as 37,409 new jobs with clean energy job projects. This information was projected for 2012, and do not include clean energy initiatives and statistics for 2013.
Local & Federal governments are offering tax incentives to residential and business solar initiatives. A local solar energy provider should be educated on these incentives, and can guide consumers to realize the most tax savings.
Harnessing the power of solar energy is easier than ever before. New construction projects can utilize “passive solar energy” to maximize the power of solar for heating and cooling a home. The days of solar panels as the only means to improve solar power usage are over, and construction professionals can incorporate solar initiatives into design and build projects.Visit Energy.Gov Passive Solar Heating & Cooling article for more information.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Northeast is expected to experience a 3% reduction in temperature for 2013. Homes and businesses heated with natural gas, propane, & electricity will experience higher costs this year. Incorporating long term solar initiatives into heating systems would help residential and commercial customers create a long term utility savings plan.
Relying on countries who are unstable or dangerous to the world for fuel is an unfavorable position for the United States to remain in. Solar technology and initiatives have the potential to eliminate dependence on foreign countries who possess the fossil fuels we currently use.