The 1970’s were a tumultuous time for the energy industry. The United States accounted for less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but consumed about 20 percent of the global energy supply. This became an apparent issue when oil rich countries imposed an embargo against the U.S., causing widespread panic among consumers.
Things have changed since the 70’s, but energy independence is still an issue weighing heavily on the minds of the American public—or at least it should! Here are our top 4 reasons to be energy independent.
- Financial benefits
Solar PV systems will pay for itself over time from the sale of electricity or from saving you money by reducing the amount of electricity you’ll have to purchase from the utility company.
Solar energy will become even more cost effective as technology advances and consumers demand alternative energy solutions. There is a start up cost, but then it starts paying for itself in a relatively short amount of time. When compared to the alternative solution of receiving monthly bills, solar panels clearly become an investment you can bank on!
- Energy stability
We live in a time where stability is cherished, and increasing our reliance on fossil fuel supplies from areas abroad doesn’t always sit well with everyone. With some or all of your electricity coming from the sun, you won’t have to worry so much about external events disrupting the availability of electricity.
- Peace of mind
With the help of solar panels and renewable energy, you’re able to sleep comfortably knowing your energy needs will be met. A reliable energy source is the cornerstone of your home and is what allows you to carry out the necessary tasks throughout the day.
The addition of an energy storage solution only adds to the reassurance, giving you the ability to keep the lights on during grid blackouts. In other words, power and peace of mind go hand-in-hand.
- Reduce your carbon footprint
Consumers love the ability of having a choice when given the opportunity. In 2017, CO2 emissions created by the U.S. energy sector reached 1,744 million metric tons. Your solar panels produce zero pollution once they’re installed, leaving your environmentally conscious neighbors quite impressed!
Download our eBook, Energy Independence, to learn how your solar panels can bring you one step closer to achieving an energy independent home!