But first a little background.
America is addicted to oil – especially imported oil. We spend more than $200,000 every minute on foreign petroleum (approx. $13 million an hour). In just 2012 alone, we spent nearly half a trillion dollars ($433 billion) on imported oil.
This is money that we spend and never get back – ever. It is a pure cost. And we’re killing the environment, which carries its own set of astronomical costs.
Worse still, we must constantly protect our oil interests abroad with convoys, wars, contractors, and troops. These costs are exorbitant as well, which explains why it’s so easy to dispel the myth that (unlike fossil fuel), solar power could only exist with the help of government subsidies. Oil, gas, and coal are even more heavily subsidized – at a ratio of 6:1 when compared to renewable energy.
And just so we’re clear, were not only talking about imported oil from “unstable” countries that dislike America. Even foreign oil from Canada drains our economy day after day.
How Does Installing Solar Panels Make Our Economy Stronger?
Sunshine is free. Today, tomorrow, and forever. And installing solar panels is a one-time investment that lasts 25 to 40+ years. True, we often by solar parts from places like China. But after that, there are no additional costs. Just decades of financial and environmental savings.
When we invest in solar energy, this allows us to:
- Keep American money in America
- Create local green jobs that cannot be outsourced
- Reduce our military commitments abroad (which saves even more money)
These last 2 points are worth exploring a little bit closer.
Returning US military veterans are disproportionately affected by unemployment. But a surprising number of vets launch careers in solar installation. It is a perfect fit. What better way to honor their commitment abroad than by providing them with in-demand, lucrative jobs that will forever remain local?
Go Solar in San Diego and Make America Stronger
It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation is. It doesn’t matter how much you love or hate the government. One thing we can all agree on is that America spends way too much money – and usually doesn’t get much for it in return.
Going solar won’t wipe out the national debt overnight. But it will help adjust trade imbalances and make our economy stronger. That you also personally save money in the process is simply icing on the cake.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, contact us today for a free solar consultation.
If you need additional convincing, be sure to check in tomorrow when we look at reason #8.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored a range of financial, environmental, and security reasons to go solar in San Diego. 9 reasons to be exact.
But in many ways, #10 is our favorite. Going solar allows you to “stick it to the Man.”
But who is the Man?
We’ll give you a definition in just a moment. But first, a quick question.
What is the most profitable business in human history?
The answer is ExxonMobil, which earned a record $49.5 billion in 2008 (adjusted to 2012 USD). Do you know who holds the #2, #3, #4, and #5 slots for largest annual corporate earnings?
The answer again is ExxonMobil. And if you extend the list to include the top 30 most profitable companies of all time, it includes Shell, BP, Chevron, and Russian oil company, Gazprom.
These companies are “the Man” because they:
- Sell a product that is toxic to the environment, harmful to our bodies, and terrible for the planet – both in its extraction and consumption.
- Are heavily subsidized and don’t pay taxes
- Continue to externalize costs like clean up, waste management, and air pollution
They do these things and reap record profits year after year – while most economies around the world continue to suffer – environmentally and financially. And don’t get us started on monopolistic utility companies that should be leading the renewable energy charge but continue to resist switching away from fossil fuel.
If this doesn’t make you mad, we don’t know what will.
How Does Installing Solar Panels Stick It to the “Man?”
When you install solar panels on your residential or commercial property, you’re able to generate your own clean power – for free:
- Solar energy is affordable
- Solar energy saves you money
- Solar energy protects the environment
- Solar energy is powerful enough to fuel the world
Big Oil (i.e. Exxon Mobil) and small oil (i.e. SDG&E) will continue to fight against solar energy. And our attitude is, let them. Because believe it or not, we don’t need them as much as they need us.
Go Solar in San Diego Today and Tell Big Oil, “No Thanks”
Solar power makes homes, businesses, and entire communities truly energy independent. There’s really no reason to continue renting electricity when you can just create your own – for free.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, contact us today for a free solar quote. Our expert installation team will analyze your property and assess its solar potential. Within a matter of weeks, you could begin generating your own clean electricity and saving money in the process:
- No more Big Oil
- No more utility bills
- No more pollution
And this concludes our mini-series on the top 10 reasons to go solar in San Diego (for now). If you’d like to go back to reason #1, click here.
And if you’re ready to request your free solar quote today.