With political influence and stockholder demands controlling the direction of energy initiatives, americans are beginning to fear they’ll be priced out of their home.  However, there’s a glimmer of hope thanks to one growing sector of today’s energy world, a sector that’s consumer-friendly and easier to embrace: solar energy.

Society knows that energy consumption distresses our economic fabric, political stability, healthcare, the general welfare (that the Preamble was supposed to promote, remember?) along with daily activities we probably never think about. Many citizens are lashing out at the moronic CEOs spearheading other non-essential energy cooperatives.  This is why solar power has become the new wave of breaking free from money-hungry electric companies – and it’s really, really easy to do.


1. Saves money

Water heaters, regardless what their Energy Star stickers say, cost money to run. General power drawn from outlets, switches and other electronics, too, costs money. Heaters that utilize gas with electric igniters cost even more. Since you get the gist, we’ll just say this: solar power cuts costs dramatically since you’re the source provider – not the electricity provider.

Also, solar paneling can keep your house lit up during the day, which means regardless how long charging takes place, you’ll always have fresh light and power when it’s needed most. Turn your lights off nightly, let cells charge, then have plenty of juice when waking up.

Solar energy, by design, requires less maintenance and upkeep. Wiping cells clean isn’t hard, and since any energy storage is contained in hardwired boxes, there’s no need to understand electricity to operate the solar panels.

On top of that, you can produce solar energy and sell it back to energy companies, which makes you money. It’s like sticking it to the man twice.

2. Reduces carbon footprints at home

Green energy is the future as the world slowly weans itself away from its dependence on industrial and non-renewable energy sources. Through cleverly designed technological innovations, carbon footprints are being reduced well below rates posted 20 years ago, thanks to ingenuities we only thought existed in movies. By coupling resourcefulness with the desire for homeowners to trim energy consumption costs wherever possible, solar energy is being sourced in an ever-evolving myriad of ingenious and sensible ways that help offset carbon footprints.

Carbon neutrality isn’t easy when you’re used to commercialize products created for convenience. Laziness has really turned our global efforts to preserve our environment into an excuse-ridden society filled with “I’ll do it tomorrow’s and wait for the energy company to catch up’s”. Beat everyone to the punch and redesign your home with solar paneling that keeps carbon footprints neutralized. Savings can be even greater when paired with ecologically friendly light bulbs, outdoor fixtures and other items which could be solar powered.

Next, when you need to replace your old household appliances, start procuring new stoves and fridges that are Energy Star compliant. Much like other agencies, Energy Star compliance is an assurance that you’re consuming less energy if use is monitored.

Even ecologically friendly decorative lighting can make carbon offsetting seem more ‘doable’ around the holidays, to provide another example.  In several worldwide collective efforts, green energy has become an important staple to smaller communities, and there are some great examples of successful community initiatives involving solarized holiday decorations in existence. The use of solar lighting and heating all-year round cuts the ‘carbon cords’, per se, and helps everyone live healthier regardless of season.

All the above are initiatives that can reduce carbon footprints when solar energy is implemented.

3. Breaks you free from "Big energy"

Big energy companies have gotten a nasty reputation over the years, and with reasonable cause. Power plants are expensive to build. Site failures are no small affair. There are disastrous meltdowns. If the Japanese crisis of 2011 was the only case of such horrific disparity, it would still be too much. Unfortunately, it is not. Hundreds of cases have been reported and even more lives have been affected or taken – all because nobody wants the ‘secret’ of solar leaking out.

Secrets cost money. Telling home-owners that solar energy can be created within the confines of their own homes is damning to big energy initiatives. For this reason, many large electric companies are beginning to research and implement solar energy – then sticking consumers with their ‘research’ and ‘site’ fees (Duke Energy is doing this now – look at your bill closely).

Pointing fingers at the money-making conglomerates is an easy option.  Perhaps a less cynical path for consumers to take would be installing solar paneling and solar cooling apparatuses in their home, which would bypass any need to pay electric conglomerates.  Just a thought.

4. Solar energy helps increase property vaules, too

Although much less important, solar paneling can increase property values since self-contained electricity is highly regarded in rural and suburban areas. The more solarized your home, the bigger rewards you’ll reap when selling your home is imminent.

The next homeowner can even get credits for purchasing housing with solar energy. So honestly, everyone wins during the home selling process.

5. Make the change, Homeowners

Feeling bullied into keeping electricity? Don’t. There’s no common law stopping you from creating your own energy through solar collection panels. Nobody will come onto your property and ask why you’re not using some overpriced meter base to gauge electric use. Switching to solar is your right as a taxpaying property owner.

When you have decided that you want to switch to solarize energy, your first step will usually be finding someone, who is able to provide solar panel installation and maintenance. Not everyone is qualified, nor will anyone understand the vast number of government credits available to you.

In the wake of the increasing deterioration of the environment around us, there is a need to be responsible in how much energy we consume, and how; otherwise, we’ll risk making things worse for future generations. Solar powering makes sense not only because it reduces carbon footprint, it makes energy consumption controllable by you – the way things should be.