Imagine you could put solar panels on your home, pay nothing for materials or installation, and cut your electricity costs by 30-40% for the next twenty years! Five years ago that would have been a pipe dream, but today it’s reality thanks to a drop in solar panel prices, efficient rooftop installation, and renewable energy incentives. Solar is at or below grid parity in large swaths of the world, and will continue to become less expensive than dirty fossil fuels (And we’re not even including the external climate change costs of fossil fuel emissions).
Forget the whole climate change problem. People are going solar because it’s cheap, and that is a wonderful thing for the economy and our planet. The environmentalists among us go solar, wind, geothermal…not necessarily to save money, but to do what’s right given the state of our climate. Unfortunately, climate change science is not yet clearly understood in the public’s eye. Oh, we’ve made huge gains in the awareness and concern for climate change, but there’s still a significant and vocal group of deniers and skeptics clouding the issue.
So let’s forget the climate change concerns and stick to the bottom line: Solar energy is cheaper than fossil fuels. More specifically, electricity generated by solar energy costs less than electricity derived from fossil fuels. Discussion over. To hell with the climate. Go out there and get those solar panels on the roof and start saving money. Encourage your town board to put up a few of those fancy wind turbines for good measure, and feel good about yourself. In the process, you’ll join the majority of Americans interested in renewable energies over more traditional fossil or nuclear energies.
5-Minute Climate Change Mitigation Action Item for the Week:
Save yourself money and divest from fossil fuels. Seriously. Investing in a deadly energy source is risky business. Check out gofossilfree.org for more info.
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