If you’re a consumer who is committed to the environment consider researching your favorite businesses and making purchases at places that support solar energy. Use the suggestions below to help you choose businesses that reflect your support of solar energy.
When you’re researching companies you should look for company-generated information about how the company incorporates solar energy into its business model which is readily available since it makes companies look good to consumers.
Tip: If you are planning to go greener, you should consider fixing any taps that are leaking. Doing this will decrease the amount of water you use, and as a result, you will have more hot water in your home.
In order to distinguish between corporate green energy adaptations companies make because they’re required to and those they choose to make because of a commitment to green energy, look for a company’s required disclosure about whether their solar energy is part of mandatory compliance or part of a voluntary commitment to solar.
Use your own understanding including features of solar energy that have prevented you from purchasing solar energy to determine why the companies are able to do so in order to calculate whether the cost of solar energy is likely being passed on to customers.
Tip: To help lessen the amount of energy used in your home, consider purchasing a new energy-efficient water heater. Although it will probably cost you more at first than a regular water heater, the savings you will get from energy will continue over the lifetime of the appliance.
Incorporating solar energy remains an expensive proposition so that you’ll want to understand whether companies have access to initiatives that aren’t available to ordinary consumers or whether they’ve made changes based on corporate policies supporting solar energy in spite of costs.
Solar energy is likely the source of less than half the energy usage of a particular company so that you should still put your own purchasing priorities first. As in the case of most of your purchases, your own commitment to supporting businesses that use solar power does not mean you shouldn’t pay attention to your own needs and financial constraints.
Tip: If you are seeking to save energy, try not to drive too fast. When a person drives fast, they use too much gasoline, which in turn, wastes energy.
You can find lists of companies using solar energy to meet their energy requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency website. If your commitment is to all kinds of green energy you will find some businesses that are using both solar and wind energy to meet 100 percent of their power needs.
Separate out marketing tactics from real benefits when you’re weighing the importance of patronizing businesses that use solar energy. You can use the EPA website to determine the advertised benefits of using solar energy that are describe for businesses which includes the positive impact it will have on you, the consumer.
Tip: Those looking to save energy and live a greener life may want to consider reducing the amount of lighting in their house. Ask yourself if you really need four lamps in a single room, or read with a book light rather than using your rooms lighting at night.
Consider whether your support of a business that uses solar energy is the best way you can accelerate the more widespread adoption of solar energy or whether more direct efforts such as purchasing stock from companies that are connected with solar energy, contributing to charities that work to install solar energy panels or volunteering with a solar energy non-profit that works to influence solar energy policy is a more meaningful way for you to support your commitment to solar energy.
Your commitment to a green lifestyle is likely to include support of solar energy and its use by business. Use the suggestions above to determine whether patronizing businesses that incorporate a solar energy policy is a way you might support the use of solar energy.
One of the greatest difficulties with adopting a green energy policy for your family is that the issue is frequently more complicated than simply choosing to support solar energy. Use the tips below to use your commitment to the environment and solar energy as a means of encouraging your family’s commitment to education rather than creating a situation where you appear to say one thing and do another.
Teaching commitment to an idea without adopting it is possible and is frequently the case with solar energy. Explain your commitment to solar energy even if it’s not used in your home by discussing other factors that influenced your decision such as cost. You can further illustrate your point by including some less expensive solar energy element into your home such as deck or garden lighting.
Tip: Appliances can be a big, unnecessary energy drain. Find out how much energy each of your appliances are using.
Clip out news articles about solar energy developments including those that discuss non-scientific aspects of solar energy such as funding or imports to keep solar energy as a recurring topic of discussion in your household. It’s important for children to understand that there is usually not a simple answer to important issues.
Use solar energy as an opportunity to discuss unintended consequences such as pollution that’s created from the manufacture of raw materials or disposal of products using solar power. Ask your child to think of examples of other good things that sometimes have negative consequences such as creating a compost pile in your yard that also creates a bad smell or attracts pests.
Tip: A great old fashioned way to heat your home and to save on energy is to use a wood burner. There are newer, more modern versions of wood burners called pellet stoves.
Ask questions to introduce new aspects of learning about solar energy such as, “Which do you support more, solar thermal electricity or photovoltaic solar energy?” Or, “Does the water usage by solar thermal plants make you worry about water conservation?”
Do not demonize specific industries such as those that produce fossil fuels or those that use dangerous raw materials. Consider the use of environmentally unsafe materials in everything from medical devices to medical equipment to the manufacture of pharmaceuticals before you create a bias against all dangerous substances for your family.
Tip: A significant green energy initiative is to is having a professional do a home energy audit. These professionals will assess your home and find areas where you can save money and conserve energy.
Do not criticize all governmental involvement in your life regarding taxes or laws if you’re supporting solar energy in your household because solar energy is largely dependent on government support both in terms of policy and funding in order to advance in our society. Explain how the government helps a lot of businesses such as small businesses by letting them pay less money in certain ways.
Use a discussion of the solar industry as an opportunity to discuss how it can support the American economy by creating jobs in the US. Challenge your child to find “Made in the USA” labeling on various products in your home. If your child asks you about all the “Made in China” labels on your home products, discuss how cost is a consideration and how it saves your family money to purchase such products, which is also important for your family.
When you’re committed to solar energy you’ll want your family to understand your commitment in a realistic way. Use the suggestions above to clarify your commitment to solar energy without sending mixed-messages to your family.