Make Your Roof Work for You

Most people do not realize that there is a tremendous resource shining on the top of their roof. The sun offers a way to save thousands of dollars while helping to clean up the environment. Your roof could easily be used to generate solar power that comes with an assortment of benefits for you and everyone else who lives on planet Earth.

Affordable conversion to solar power

Homeowners and business owners can get in on the new Solar purchase power agreements known as PPAs and the cost to get into these programs is usually minimal with low or no down payments for financing. The total cost can be spread out with affordable pay as you go terms. The company that owns the solar power system completes the installation of your solar powering and also provides maintenance and monitoring services. Solar power provider rates are far less than the rates charged by electrical utility companies.

How much you will save

The addition of solar panels to your roof can net you a savings of at least a hundred dollars a month in most states and more, depending on your power consumption levels. These are averages that are put forth by One Block Off the Grid. If you’re financing your solar power system it is possible that the savings will make the payments for you so it truly does amount to a win-win situation all the way around. It takes most home and business owners approximately five years to pay off the costs of conversion with cost-efficient payment plans and seventy-five percent of the population with solar energy use this option.

Benefits of adding solar panels

Homes equipped with a solar energy option have lower energy costs but there are other benefits that help to increase the overall value of the home. It increases the attractiveness of the real estate market. Comparisons show that houses featuring good energy ratings that translate into energy efficiency average a twenty percent faster rate of sale and earn about seventeen percent more than similar homes reliant on electrical utility services.

Solar panels also qualify for tax breaks and incentives. These are offered by the respective states and localities. It is worth checking out because it can help to increase your financial bottom line at the year-end. You can earn SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) credits annually and the state of New Jersey is a good example of how the average solar customer earns between five and seven thousand dollars in these credits per year.

Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to make the switch to solar energy is that it is a clean and efficient way to contribute to the health of the environment. In addition to all of the financial benefits, what really matters is that we are contributing to the health of the planet for future generations and making preparations for the future of renewable energy sources. Changes will eventually come whether we participate now or not. Making the conversion to solar power is a step in the right direction and there are more reasons to do it sooner rather than later than there are to wait.

Surprise at the Renovation Site

Sooner or later, you are going to have to deal with pests and roaches as disgusting as it may be. No one likes to see these nasty critters out and about. It means calling an exterminator who will come with a giant spray can full of toxic, potent chemicals. Beware your pets. They can be harmed. But this is the typical solution as most people simply don’t know what else to do. Pest control is not known to have environmentally-friendly solutions.

I just encountered a horde of these crawling black beasts at a renovation site. Now I had to think on my feet. My crew and I brainstormed responsible ways to kill the invading pests with ecology in mind. What did we do? Of course, we went online in search of new products for sale that could help. We also split up and each went to a nearby hardware or building supply store in search of something safe for humans. I knew that the application of orange oil worked for termites as an alternative to costly tenting. Surely there had to be something else besides roach traps and a bomb. I hated the thought that chemicals would permeate every inch of space and linger there to be breathed in by the workers—and me.

In my search online, we found this site and a product called Combat MAX. I love the name and would buy the product for that alone, and fortunately it was not like the others as I had feared. Not so also for Hot Shot, an equally catchy name. So, we did encounter some non-toxic products that were suitable for our needs. I vowed to bring to the renovation site no pesticides no matter how extensive the infestation. Given the need for new solutions to an old problem, many companies are working on safer products. It is easier now to find something acceptable. The innovations are based on plant ingredients and oils. I found recipes for make-it-yourself solutions if you can find the specific plants required. Given this difficulty, I say buy a ready-made mixture. You won’t have to mess up your kitchen sink or the utility one you may have in the garage. Plus, you must have sharp knives to cut up and process these plants. The oils come in vials so there is no issue about storage there.

The moral of this blog is that you can be environmentally attentive even in an area that has not been known to have this designation. The world is changing and we have a green approach to every aspect of our practical lives. Every time something new happens, you must automatically think, “how can I solve this problem in the most ecological way.” If sustainability is ever at issue, by all means you must be oriented to promote it to save our dwindling resources. Spreading the word is a great way to get others on board. Join me in making a concerted effort every day of your life.