December 1, 2011. Samuel Valero
Switching to renewable energy sources is one of the best steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and to help our environment. Of the renewable energy options available, the cleanest and cheapest at the current time is solar energy.
Solar energy is a good choice because all the electricity comes from sunlight, the most abundant and free resource available to mankind. Many people feel they cannot use solar energy because they have heard that it is expensive or they simply don’t understand how it works. In truth, solar energy is available for use by everyone in one form or another.
Of course the best way to use solar energy is by installing solar power for homes. Thanks to advances in technology, the cost of installing solar panels has decreased dramatically in the past several years. Homeowners who wish to switch to solar power can also receive government subsidies to help cover the cost of installation in many areas. For those who want to install solar power even cheaper, there is always the option to install DIY solar panels. The DIYer can install solar panels for as little as a few hundred dollars and generate their own solar power, albeit at a reduced efficiency from professional panels.
There are other, smaller ways to use solar power in and around your home as well. Inside, consider switching to solar hot water. This move alone can reduce your normal electric bill by as much as one third. You can also use a variety of solar small appliances and devices for further savings. Outside your home, you can use solar outdoor lights, fountains, and pool covers to keep your yard beautiful and functional without contributing to you carbon footprint. These may seem like small, insignificant steps but the more small changes you make, the larger your savings on electricity and the greater the benefit to the environment.
Updated December 1, 2011. Published July 3, 2011. Samuel Valero