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The Future for Solar Energy

There’s no doubt that solar energy will play a bigger and bigger role in how Americans get their energy in the coming decades. The fact that we are running out of fossil fuels and that the cost of fossil fuel is so high, combined with the fact that fossil fuels are causing serious environmental damage makes it essential to find other sources for energy that are clean, green, and efficient. Solar power along with wind power, hydro power, and other types of natural energy will become more commonplace as the years go on.

Since there will be so much focus on using green energy the cost of buying and installing solar panels will start to come down and hopefully there will be more Federal and state financial help for homeowners that want to start using solar energy to provide the bulk of the power that they need to run their homes.

At the moment it’s not feasible for a typical homeowner to use solar energy 100% of the time but a homeowner that takes the plunge and invests in a solar panel array or a solar shingle roof can significantly decrease the energy costs for the home and might even earn enough credit through net metering to pay for the grid electricity that the home still needs to run major appliances like washers and dryers or to power the home when it’s cloudy and the solar panels don’t make any energy.

It’s not just homeowners that will begin to start using solar energy more regularly. Corporations are already starting to retrofit their office buildings with solar panels and are using new solar shingle roofs on their office towers both to save money and also to take advantage of hefty financial incentives from the states and the Federal government.

The switch to solar energy will also have a big impact on the environment. As people stop depending so much on fossil fuels and focus on living in a more ecologically friendly way the environment will benefit. Solar energy produces far less pollution, no greenhouse gases, and no toxic waste. The environment will be spared from further damage, which will benefit everyone.

Solar power is also becoming a lifestyle. Setting up your home to run on solar energy is a decision to live a different way. It is a decision to break out of conventional modes of living and consuming and instead live in a manner that is better for the Earth. It is a bold statement that says you will live lightly on the Earth and live in a sustainable way. Those who have made the decision to “go solar” are bound by a common cause and have formed societies and communities. Several solar energy societies are national, others local. They can be found on the Internet or through solar power dealers. The solar power societies provide community and expertise for those who have gone solar.

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