The world is steadily turning a brighter shade of green, as people everywhere embrace solar products to generate electricity and manage energy independence.
Consumer attitudes have changed greatly in recent years, with 2013 seeing clean energy technologies reach their highest level.
How Many People Would Pay More for Clean Energy?
In a survey conducted by Navigant in 2013 [PDF], 79 percent of 1,000 people favored solar energy over traditional energy products. This is a 10-percent jump when compared to 2012, and falls just under 2009’s all-time high of 81 percent. Wind energy was ranked second among other surveyed technologies, such as:
- Nuclear power
- Smart meters
- Smart grid
- LEED certification
- Natural gas vehicles
- Electric cars
- Hybrid cars
It’s not a surprise that support for solar energy is so high. More Americans installed solar panels on their rooftops in Q3 of 2013 than at any point in history.
Beyond Solar Panels: More Ways for Homeowners to “Go Solar”
For homeowners who want to fight climate change, make use of natural resources and lower their electric bills, there’s no reason not to jump on the solar bandwagon. Not only does it provide energy independence, but solar power is reliable and creates jobs.
There is a myriad of home solar energy choices when considering this type of clean energy. Some of the more popular solar solutions for homes include:
- Solar Panels – No matter where you reside, a professional solar installer can fit panels to pretty much any property. These panels are designed with photovoltaic cells, which capture energy from the sun to heat and power appliances in the home.
- Solar Outdoor Lights – Accentuate the features in your garden with solar outdoor lights. Much like panels, they use the sun’s energy to light the drive/decking/flower beds throughout the seasons. Solar outdoor lights are made up of three components — a battery, LED and controller board.
- Solar Water Heaters – These planet-conscious appliances heat water with free warmth from the sun. If more households used solar water heaters, CO2 emissions would be reduced significantly.
- Solar Attic Fans – You can make your home energy-efficient and well ventilated with solar attic fans, which improve circulation. The fans operate with solar panels.
Is Your Home Solar Friendly?
Ready to learn more about solar energy ideas for your home? A free estimate is a good place to start. We’re happy to walk you through the options and help you find a solar product that fits your lifestyle.