reasons to go solar

4 Reasons To Go Solar

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Solar energy is something which has only gradually come onto the market, due to the difficulties in harnessing it effectively, but now that it is here, it is proving to be something which will change the way we view energy. Not only is solar power something which can harnessed for domestic, municipal, and industrial uses without much effort, it is also useful for places which are more rural, and therefore cannot rely quite so much on a power grid as can residences and industries which are closer by and have a more reliable connection.

Solar energy is emerging as one of the foremost methods of gaining affordable green energy for use in the home, something which has been helped by the inclusion of feedback actuators in the energy gathering process.  The way an actuator is made is particularly useful for solar panels, because rather than simply being stuck facing one way, a solar panel can adjust itself throughout the day to where the sun is. The precision which actuators give to equipment is incredibly useful when gathering solar power, as it allows for incredibly small adjustments to allow the panels to pick up as much energy as they can.

Engineering aside, here are four good reasons why you should consider going solar if you can:

Solar Power Helps Save Money

When you install solar panels, you will see your electricity bill immediately begin to lower. It doesn’t matter if you have one solar panel or a whole field of them (though admittedly a whole field will make your bill go down faster) – solar power will mean you are less reliant on the main power grid.

What people find particularly useful about solar power is that it is modular – it doesn’t matter how many solar panels you have, it will have an effect on your overall electricity bill.

Solar Power Generates Income

Solar power is not simply a way to save money on an electricity bill, though many people install them for that purpose.  They can also be used to generate what is called passive income. Many governments and energy companies will give incentives to people who use solar panels to generate some of their own energy – this can either take the form of cash in hand, or a further reduction in electricity bills.

Solar Power Raises Property Value

Now that green energy and sustainability are becoming buzzwords for people to look for when it comes to the companies they do business with, the emphasis on them is spreading to private property too. Having solar panels on the property, with the potential for a smaller electricity bill from both the energy gathered by them and the incentives given to people with solar panels by energy companies and government is a big selling point, and can add huge amounts of value to your house.

Solar Power Saves the Whales!

Everyone is by now aware of the effect which fossil fuels and other forms of energy are having on the environment, there is no need to get into it here.

Solar power is perhaps the ultimate in sustainable energy, because it is the sun; it keeps burning, no matter what. If it ever goes out, we would have bigger problems on our hands than the cessation of solar power! Using solar power cuts down on our reliance on fuels which are hazardous to the environment and to ourselves.

Do you have solar panels?  How do you find them?  Or would you consider solar panels for your home?

fashion revolution week

Ten Things: Fashion Revolution Week

Hello!  How are you?  We’ve running on empty as we’ve not had much sleep this week – my youngest has been teething her eye teeth and taking it pretty badly (magma cheeks, runny nose, conjunctivitis, drooling, incredibly grumpy, and the worst, resisting sleep), so tell me, how do you get through teething with your sanity intact?  Apart from reaching for the wine.  It’s been a struggle, that’s for sure.

Anyway, enough of the teeth chat, I thought I’d pop in this week and share some interesting things I’ve read this past week when I’ve had a spare 5 minutes to read some things on my phone.

In case you weren’t aware, this week has been the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, where 1135 workers were killed whilst producing fast fashion clothes for the western market.  It’s also been the third annual Fashion Revolution Week, set up to raise consciousness amongst shoppers as to who made their clothes and in what conditions.  To mark this week, I wanted to dedicated this week’s Ten Things post therefore to all things fashion revolution:

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1.  First things first, Fashion Revolution have an excellent set of resources, from reports to action kits if you want to get involved.

2.  I keep meaning to check out Tortoise and Lady Grey’s 6 steps to a sustainable wardrobe – a 60 page e-book bursting with useful and pragmatic advice.

3.  I thought Alden’s post on 14 sustainable and ethical fashion myths that need to die was straight on the nose.

4.  My Huffington Post article on is ethical clothing expensive or have we just lost our sense of perspective is worth a read if you haven’t already.

5.  This article on Why Aren’t Ethical Fashion Brands Catering to Plus Size Women was fascinating.  Also, frustrating.

6.  Even Vogue got involved this week, sharing six ways to shop mindfully.

7.  A powerful image on why shopping sustainably is important.

8.  Will Gen Z help the fashion industry clean up its act?

9.  The new meaning of fast fashion – I personally hope this doesn’t catch on more widely.

10.  One woman’s account of a year of no shopping.

And from Moral Fibres, I have lots of posts on the subject but here are some you might find especially useful:

How to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch

35 ethical clothing brands for women

Ethical clothing brands for men

Are any high street shops ethical?

How to shop consciously for clothing.

See you next week!