Electric companies are fine and dandy — they deliver us electricity, and because they have monopolies or semi-monopolies over this critical need, governmental bodies regulate them a bit to make sure they aren’t robbing us too much. But they are companies, and their blood is aimed at making money. While they may be required to implement energy efficiency programs that encourage and help customers to save electricity, that doesn’t mean that they like doing so. And, while they have to keep a good image and good conscience (as much as a company can) and agree that we need to address global warming by switching to renewable energy, they know that this means a massive shift in their business model, how they operate, and who benefits most from the electricity that is produced.
We talk a lot about independence and freedom in this society, and we highlight these as two of the great values of American culture. Our ancestors fought hard to provide us with the independence and freedom that we have today.
But I know I’m not the only one who wonders these days if we haven’t lost sense of that ideal a bit. We tie ourselves to systems and contracts that make us financial slaves to so many things.
One thing that many of us are slaves to is high electric bills. We assume it’s just a fact of life, that we have to send a good chunk of our monthly salaries to electric monopolies and we can’t do much to avoid their rising prices. But we don’t have to do this, and we can avoid those rising prices.
You can drop that monthly nightmare — you can “emancipate yourself from electric slavery” … by deciding to go solar and get your electricity from the largest energy source in the galaxy! … er, solar system!
Have you thought about it before, checked the price of doing so, and decided that it was too expensive a switch? Well, if you did that awhile back, it’s definitely time to check again. The cost of solar has fallen through the floor in the past few years. It has actually fallen a lot just within the past few months. Solar panel prices have fallen enough that it would be insane for many of us to keep sending our money to polluting power plants and money-hungry utilities.
Don’t sit back in your chair or on your couch and leave yourself shackled to electricity systems of the past. Lean forward, dig in with all your strength (that is, click a few buttons), and see how much money you could save by switching to solar power.
That’s part of a recent Cost of Solar article that I think every adult in the US should read. For more on that topic (including more info on the Bob Marley allusion in the fourth paragraph) check out the full article at the link above.