has been much written about the benefits of solar power. Words like
Self-reliance, Environmental, Cost savings and others appear often.
However, my favorite word to describe the benefit of solar power is Consciousness.
I believe that going solar will raise us to a new level of consciousness.
(people that rely on the electric grid for their electricity) go about
their daily routine without a thought of their electrical consumption.
Once a month when their electric bill comes in, they moan & groan and
pay it. They usually point their finger of blame down the street
at the electric company -- the very company that is only supplying the
demand for power. A company that is heavily regulated as far as the
rates they can charge for power. A company that has made multi-million
dollar investments to meet the ever-increasing consumer demand for more
power. Are the gridders pointing the right direction or should they
be looking a little closer to home?
you go solar, you immediately become aware of what power you are using
as well as what power you are wasting. You will soon learn that you
can only consume what you produce or you will come up short. Your
system will seem more like a bank where you make deposits, withdrawals,
and keep some in savings for a rainy day... literally!
will become more aware of the seasons of the year and their relationship
to the angle of the sun on us. You will actually notice the angle
of the sun on the horizon and the shading effect of structures on your
solar panels. You will also become conscious of how many common household
appliances consume electricity even when they are off (known as phantom
loads). You will become conscious of lights on in empty rooms and
TVs on when nobody is watching. You will realize that newer, high-efficiency
appliances that cost more to purchase actually cost less when you add up
the energy savings. This is more apparent when you are purchasing
solar equipment large enough to power these loads.
of this consciousness is a good thing. Look what it does for your
independence, self-reliance, environment, savings, and all those other
words... but at a level where you can appreciate and live it!