30 MAY 2021
Now is the time to go solar
As the days get longer perhaps the increased hours of sunshine have got you thinking about solar power. Maybe you've been thinking about making the switch to solar power for awhile now but have yet to pull the trigger. Luckily there has never been a better time to go solar. If you choose to make this year the year you go solar, not only will you start saving on your utility bill now, but you’ll also be taking decisive action to combat climate change, and helping rebuild the economy shattered by COVID-19.
Help rebuild the economy
This past year has wrecked havoc on the economy and cost many their jobs. Choosing to go solar now will help restart the economy and set it on a sustainable path by creating green jobs across a wide range of occupations. Initially these jobs will be predominately in construction and installation but over time an increasing number of jobs will be in on-going operations and maintenance roles, setting up a long-lasting, sustainable economic model for the future.
The cost of waiting
As solar has gotten progressively cheaper over the years it may seem logical to wait until next year to go solar. It’ll be cheaper then, so why not wait? However it’s unlikely that solar equipment will stop getting cheaper anytime soon, so if you’re waiting for the price to bottom out than you’ll be waiting forever because it’s always going to be cheaper next year. Moreover the reduction in price from year to year is less than you’ll save that year on your utility bills if you do go solar. Waiting another year may reduce the cost of a 2 kW system by $50, but if you install a system now then you'll save a lot more than $50 this year on your utility bills. Every month you wait to go solar is another month you'll have to pay your utility bill, and with utility prices forecast to rise, this will become an increasingly large financial burden. Protect yourself from grid-energy price increases and start saving money now instead of waiting to save later.
The environmental damage caused by fossil fuels is well known. From planet-wide issues like climate change and biodiversity loss, to local issues like habitat destruction, the climate crisis marches on and is only becoming more urgent. Conversely, the environmental benefits of solar are well known. Waiting another year before going solar is another year of coal-fired power plants, fracking, and fighting oil exploration in our national parks. Stop feeling powerless and take control of your climate future by making this year the year you go solar.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”
So if you've been humming and hawing about solar for awhile now then now is the time to take the plunge. The combination of helping rebuild the economy, decreasing solar price reduction combined with increasing utility costs, and increasing climate urgency means that the best time to go solar is now. Don’t wait until the best time to go solar was yesterday.
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