I like being green. I like being organic because I like the thought of my family eating food without pesticides. I like pollution restrictions because I like being able to breathe clean air without coughing… and drinking clean water without getting sick. I like the idea of every household being able to generate their own electricity (if they so choose) without polluting mother earth (yes I said it …. MOTHER EARTH). How else would you describe something that gives everything and expects only respect in return?...and maybe plant a tree… or make a call or two on her behalf around earth (mothers) day…April 22nd.
In 2014, the United States generated about 4,093 billion kilowatthours of electricity. About 67% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum).US Energy Information Administration Each fossil fuel comes with it’s own toxic problems…
The carbon dioxide and other pollutants that come with coal and it’s uses can be seen in the air we breathe at the power plant. You can read more at: the cost of cheap coal. Oil spills kill marine habitats, birds and humans. Some pollutants associated with natural gas development are: momscleanairforce
Exposure to benzene can cause skin and respiratory irritation, and long-term exposure can lead to cancer and blood, developmental and reproductive disorders
Long-term exposure to toluene can cause skin and respiratory irritation, headaches, dizziness, birth defects and damage the nervous system
Ethylbenzene can cause irritation of the throat and eyes, and dizziness and long-term exposure can cause blood disorders
High levels of xylene exposure have numerous short-term impacts, including nausea, gastric irritation and neurological effects, and long-term exposure can negatively impact the nervous system
Exposure to n-hexane can cause dizziness, nausea and headaches, while long-term exposure can lead to numbness, muscular atrophy, blurred vision and fatigue.
All of these reasons and more pushed our family into looking into solar energy for our home.
Solar Energy Savings:Right now, you can find packages, rebates, tax credits and other incentives that support solar energy. Government agencies, utilities and others have offers to help reduce the cost of installation and upkeep. You can find some of the savings information for your state at: renewable energy savings. I will discuss these in my next blog because it’s a lot of information.
It is a lot of information to go through: I’m not going to sugar coat this for you, it’s a lot to think about… Will I be able to afford this?.. Will the system produce enough electricity for my house to cover the cost?.. Is there too much shade in my yard? Is my roof able to support the weight of the panels?.. Is my roof up to date?.. Once up, will the birds decide to use my house as the neighborhood target range and block all of the sun out with bird droppings?.. These are all great questions, but that’s what the company reps are for. They will take a look at your roof and review your electric bills, check out the shade, check out the sun position compared to the roof, go over costs and federal incentives and MORE!!!. We had a really nice representative visit (from Direct Energy) and explain everything to us. He gave us his card and told us to call whenever we had questions. That was a month ago, and he’s still picking up the phone and responding to every email. In my next blog, I will give you the answers to these questions and more. If you have questions that you would like answered please email me or use the comment section.