Solar and Quality of Life
More often than now, solar is used to save money, but what else can it do? Solar helps to protect the environment, to increase your quality of life, and can even power remote buildings, venues, and worksites.
How does Solar help the environment?
As of Q3 in 2019, 71.3 gigawatts of solar had been installed in the U.S. This is roughly enough power to energize 13.5 million or 11% of American homes. The kWh, or kilowatt hour, is the unit that is used to measure how much power is used over time. If you use 1,000 watts for one hour, that’s one kWh.
The 71.3 gigawatts of solar reduces the U.S. carbon footprint by almost 1.5 billion metric tons. On an annual basis, this equates to taking 28,355 passenger vehicles off the road or planting 31 million trees.
Can Solar really improve your Quality of Life?
According to recent articles, between 50% to 75% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. This often means that our daily lives, and our bills, revolve around our budget. Many people set their thermostat based on their budget. If you run the air too long, it can get very expensive, but if you don’t run it enough, you can be miserable.
While many people use solar to save money, in this instance it can be used to improve your quality of life. Purchasing a solar electric system is almost always less money than purchasing power from the utilities. What if you were to spend the same amount per month on your solar as you do the electric company?
The average home in Southern California uses approximately 1,000 kWh per month or $189 worth of power. If you were to spend that same amount on solar, you could expect to produce about 1,260 kWh or $238 worth of power. This means you have $49 worth of power to use each month to use as you’d like. You can choose to lower your thermostat, run your pool pump longer, or even drive an average electric vehicle 780 miles (charging at home)!
How Can Solar be used to Power Remote Buildings, Venues, and Worksites?
There are many remote areas that you won’t find utility power and it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get power there. The much less expensive alternative would be solar and batteries. Off grid buildings utilize solar and battery storage systems to live almost as if you were in the middle of a big city. Solar and battery installers can take appliance and other electrical equipment information to determine how large your system would need to be to live, play, or work independently of the grid.
Scott Carlson, New Day Solar’s owner and contractor, has installed solar and battery systems since 1988. Many of these systems are still active today. Just like the utilities electrical infrastructure, some equipment will need to be replaced over time. Most battery and off-grid inverter manufacturers are now offering 10-year warranties. Coupling that with the module’s 25-year warranty, makes for huge savings, especially when you consider what it would have cost to have utility lines installed.
What Can Solar Do for You?
New Day Solar has helped thousands of people go solar over the years. We offer free quotes and we love to educate our customers. Do you have more questions? Give us a call at 855-444-6329 or follow us on Instagram or Facebook. Let us know how we can help to increase your quality of life today!