July has homeowners in every state celebrating the anniversary of America’s independence from the British. But what can we learn from nearly 250 years of independence, especially when it comes to our own energy independence? When it comes to powering your home, the more energy independent your home can be, the better. We believe in the concept of energy independence with solar energy so much here at CAM Solar that we have declared it as a part of our motto:
“Save money, save the planet, be independent”
So how can you become energy independent for your Texas or Colorado home? And what is it that makes energy independence so beneficial — even crucial — in this day and age?
Secure Decades Of Low Energy Costs
Energy prices are on the rise, as they have been for a while. Take a moment and think back 25 years ago, to 1994. Jerry Springer and Bryan Adams were at their prime. The first season of Friends had just aired, and average American energy prices were a staggering 104.6% lower than they are now, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Think about your energy bill now — what if it doubled by the year 2044?
Energy independence through solar is often described as locking in low energy prices for decades to come. And since the solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that CAM Solar installs throughout San Antonio and Austin, TX, as well as Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO come with an industry standard warranty of 25 years, you can count on a reduction in your energy costs for two and a half decades.
Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Using your own renewable solar energy at home will greatly reduce your need for other electricity produced by less environmentally friendly methods. Did you know that in both Texas and Colorado, the overwhelming majority of all electricity is generated through fossil fuels (natural gas and crude oil)? Reducing your carbon footprint will help pump the brakes on carbon emissions, and slow the devastating effects of climate change.
Build Your Own Resiliency Against the Grid
The first central power plant in America was installed in lower Manhattan by Thomas Edison’s brand new company, General Electric. That puts the American power grid at 136 years old as of 2019 — and as you may have guessed the demand for electricity in the 19th century was only a small fraction of what it is today. And while updates and upgrades have been made, the aging American power grid is struggling to keep up in the digital age with the demand for charging our tablets and smartphones (among many other essential electronic devices and appliances). Some electricity grids and transmission lines across the country have also become hazardous — like PG&E and the devastating Paradise fires of 2018.
Energy independence through solar, and more specifically solar plus storage, will reduce your risk of experiencing a blackout or brownout due to an aging electrical grid and overall reduces your reliance on the grid. This is especially important for families that rely on electronic medical equipment, or on refrigeration to keep preserve their medications.
Let Solar Shine On Your Community
You aren’t the only one that will see the benefits of your solar installation. The lower your electricity needs are in your community, the lower the overall electricity demand for your utility company and on transmission lines. This can lead to a reduction in energy prices all across the board! Especially for grid-tied solar PV systems, which provides your community power grid access to more renewable energy. This is done through a process called net metering.
Plus, trusting a local solar installation contractor like CAM Solar puts your dollars back to work in your local economy. As of last year, solar energy provided just under 250,000 jobs in all 50 states. If you buy local produce, why wouldn’t you buy local solar?
Be Independent & Local: Go CAM Solar!
The benefits of solar are impossible to deny. So as we celebrate the importance of our nation’s independence this July, pursue a future of energy independence for your home energy. Plus, if you hurry and schedule your solar installation before the end of 2019, you will qualify for the 30% tax savings currently offered by the Federal Solar Tax Credit! So schedule your free solar evaluation, and get a custom quote from our solar installation experts to gain all the information you need to start your journey to solar energy independence.