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Seven Aspects: Solar is Changing Your Life

How long have you used solar as your major energy sources? And do you realize that your life has been changed a lot by using solar energy? I believe most solar users have realized that making the switch to solar isn`t just about accessing reliable, clean and renewable energy, and it`s a lifestyle change. You might not think putting a few solar panels up on your roof would make that much of a difference in your life, but this one step can have a positive ripple effect. It may alter how you live your life, influence others, and create a better environment for the future.

1: Altering your lifestyle

Generally, people install solar panels on their homes to reap the financial benefits, increase their energy independence, lower their carbon footprint, or all three. Installing grid-tied systems provide all three benefits, but putting in an off-grid system offers greater energy independence and further reduces your carbon footprint. No matter which one you opt for, it could directly and indirectly positively impact your lifestyle.

2: Saving some serious cash

When you make the switch to solar, you can save money . . . a lot of money. You’ll see this reflected in your monthly electricity bill savings. If your solar system is tied to the grid, you still receive a bill from your utility provider. But your statement will look a little different. In the months that your panels capture at least as much energy as you use, you won’t pay anything for your electricity. Any excess power from your panels goes back to the grid. Depending on how things work with the utility company, you either receive a credit for the excess power for future use or paid money for the extra power. Either way, when you switch to solar, you can save some serious cash.

3: Taking more vacations

With all that extra money lining your pockets because you no longer have to pay so much for your electricity, you have more to spend on the fun stuff. You may not need to work harder to finance your entertainment, hobbies, or vacations. Instead, you can take the cash you would have spent on your electricity each month and stash it away in a slush fund. You can start checking off those bucket-list items and take that dream vacation you’ve been putting off.

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4: Making other improvements to your home

    Once you start reaping the benefits of making the switch to solar, you may see other improvements you’d like to make to your home. You could do the following:

  • Install a tankless water heater
  • Put in a smart-home system
  • Upgrade your appliances
  • Add a gray water system

Even if you want to update your interior design or modernize your master bath, saving money on your electric bill makes it easier to finance those fun home improvement projects.

5: Turning you into an influencer

We’re not talking about growing your social media audience here (though perhaps that could happen, too). Any time you make a positive change in your life, you can influence others to do the same without even realizing it. Your decision to go solar can be just the push others need to follow suit.

6: Becoming a positive force in your neighborhood

Once your neighbors see solar panels go up on your roof, it may open their eyes to the possibility. They may begin to think that they, too, have the option to make the switch to solar. You may become the neighborhood role model. Often, the idea of going solar is appealing to people, but they may not understand how it works. You might find your neighbors asking you for more info. Your input could tip them over the fence (if you have a fence-sitter, of course).

7: Influencing your friends and family to change your ways

The scope of your influence can go beyond your neighborhood. When you talk to your friends and family about the benefits of going solar, it may cause them to sit up and take notice. Even those who hadn’t been considering installing solar panels could start viewing it as an option. After all, people rely on the opinions of those they know and trust to help them make decisions, both big and small.

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Installing solar panels on your home has implications that reach far beyond your immediate benefits. It’s easy for people to think that individual choices don’t lead to significant changes, but, as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Your decision has a positive impact on the future for people and the environment.

The electrical power grid is responsible for a whoppin’ 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. When you switch to solar, you become part of the climate change solution. Moreover, the sun is the primary source of energy that fuels our entire planet. As long as it continues to shine and you have a way to capture its energy, you can avoid creating pollution that leads to public and environmental health concerns.

Are you ready to make the switch to solar? We at SOLARPARTS are here to help! We sell everything you need to install a solar panel system for your home. Reach out today for more information or to get started!

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