Although clean energy is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, there are still a number of misconceptions about solar power. We are straightening out nine of the most common false impressions about solar energy, proving solar power is accessible to everyone and every home.
Clean, Accessible, and Local
It’s no secret that solar energy can reduce both your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bill. What you might not know is that these benefits aren’t limited to those who install solar panels on their property.
The Decline of Coal
The US has slowly been moving away from coal: over the past decade, US coal power production has dropped by 44%. The harmful effects of burning coal and are well documented, so reducing coal power bodes well for both human and environmental health. As we use less and less coal energy, it’s important that we replace it with an energy source that’s safe. Renewable energy has proven to be reliable, predictable, and most of all, clean.
Most homes in the United States have the ability to go solar. You don’t need to live in Florida or California to get enough sun to save money and provide energy for your home. The biggest issue for going solar isn’t how sunny your state typically is. The main issues are potential obstructions to your panels, which may include trees or other buildings. Unfortunately, not much can be done if your roof is regularly shaded by another building. But if your roof is shaded by a tree or several trees, there are options you can take in order to maximize your solar experience and savings associated with going solar. The path most taken is to remove the trees obstructing your roof. It seems odd, however, that in order to “go green” you might have to remove trees to minimize your environmental footprint. While it is ironic, the environmental benefits that your solar system will produce in its lifetime beat out the environmental impact of a few trees. [Read more…]
Massachusetts is a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. We have been ranked as first in energy efficiency and as 5th in the nation for LEED-certified buildings. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of a partnership between programs that encourage sustainability, energy efficiency and sourcing power from renewable sources. Help Massachusetts continue to be a leader and reduce your family’s carbon impact by learning about how you can transition to renewable energy and build sustainably.