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The Peoples Climate March  will bring thousands of demonstrators to Washington DC this weekend.  Recent changes made by the current administration and congress that weaken environmental protections including an effort to end the Environmental Protection Agency and a recent executive order that will open  parks and other pristine areas of our country to drilling and mining have angered many who worry about the world their children and grandchildren will inherit.

Maybe you are someone who cares deeply about these issues but cannot make it to the march this Saturday. So, what can you do instead? The power to help slow down climate change is overhead and all around us. You already have that power. We don’t need to drill or mine for it. Every hour our sun beams enough energy to earth to satisfy our planet’s energy needs for a year.

In the mainstream news today when climate change is the topic most of the discussion centers on ways to reduce energy usage.   This ignores the fact that if we want to cut down on greenhouse emissions, energy conservation is only going to do so much – especially since human population continues to grow. Simply put, the more humans there are on Earth, the more electricity is needed and the more energy gets used.

Americans in particular are spoiled when it comes to using energy. As one of the richest nations on earth, we have become accustomed to living in relative comfort. The idea of wearing sweaters to keep warm indoors or using mass transit or bicycling instead of driving has little appeal for most of the American public. (Some of you reading this article may recall how President Carter was widely mocked for suggesting that Americans try to cut back a bit.) Evidence that Americans are unlikely to change their lifestyles unless their personal finances are being adversely affected is everywhere. In the USA, as gas prices have gone down, gas-guzzling, SUV sales have gone back up again and hybrid and electric vehicle sales have gone down. Although on the surface this is disappointing, the truth is that vehicles are only responsible for 28% of green house gases.

Where does most of the pollution come from?

Seventy-two percent of carbon-based pollution comes from our homes, businesses, factories and power plants. Coal-fired power plants, natural gas, oil heat – all contribute. Most of us run our homes on coal power but as we go through our daily activities we rarely think about that.

It seems clear that the only way we humans will have any significant effect on slowing down global warming is if we phase out fossil fuel usage and replace it with renewable, pollution-free energy. And the only way we are going to do that is if we quickly ramp up our green energy technology adoption. As long as congress doesn’t try to stop this progress, the USA is on the right track.

One reason we are progressing rapidly toward a clean energy future is that Solar energy is now one of the cheapest ways to generate energy today. Solar panels that convert the sun’s energy into usable electricity have gone way down in cost and is cheaper than fossil fuels in many states. Right now, most people with sunny roofs can have solar panels installed for free and only pay for electricity at a reduced rate.  To be crystal clear, with a solar PPA, homeowners today can actually pay NOTHING to save 20% or more on  electricity  costs. 

So, if you are someone who cares about protecting the environment, but think it is too expensive to do anything about it, think again. Find out the truth for yourself. Start by filling out the form below to schedule a free solar analysis.  Or if you aren’t convinced that going solar is actually cheaper than doing nothing, check out testimonials from real people who run their homes on sunshine.

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