We, as the human race, are rapidly destroying the very planet we depend on for existence. We are polluting the air, land, and water at an alarming rate and our damage is causing global warming to accelerate. If we don’t turn things around soon, it may be too late to save ourselves. Many people hesitate to make changes because they feel that there is nothing they can do but that is not the case. Everyone, not matter who they are, can contribute to greener living and cut down on carbon emissions.
Using solar power in our homes is one of the best changes to make, and one of the most profitable for the homeowner. Solar panels are decreasing in price and many governments are offering subsidies for homeowners who wish to switch to solar power. The cost of installing the system can pay for itself in the first 5-10 years. After that point, the homeowner is using free electricity. What is better than free? For added savings, handy homeowners can install a DIY solar power system. These are substantially cheaper although they will likely be less efficient as well. You can choose between a DIY kit or – for the truly handy – making your own panels from scratch.
Not ready or able to switch to home solar power? There are still many ways you can use solar power and save money. Simply switching to solar hot water can cut your electricity usage (and bill) by one-third. There are also a variety of solar small appliances and fixtures that can reduce your energy usage and your carbon footprint. Try solar garden lights and a solar pool cover outdoors. You can even get automatic solar pool covers for extra ease use. Indoors, switch to solar chargers, clocks, and other small items. These changes may seem so small that they must be insignificant but every little bit adds up. When it comes to cutting our pollution and saving our planet, all efforts count.