“We dodged a cannonball, not a bullet,” said chief meteorologist David Paul.
There I was making dinner, eavesdropping, feeling guilty, and giggling at the same time. Guilty because I set my husband up for a virtual solar consultation without his permission, and giggling because Sean’s presentation was going so smoothly. Sean does an excellent job of making it seem more like a conversation and less like a sales pitch, which works well for Mark. He doesn’t like to be sold anything, and he wants to be in control and feel like he’s making the best decision for his family.
It’s the year 2020, and the entire country is going through unprecedented times. With many people spending more time in their homes, working remotely and taking online classes, home appliance usage has increased the average monthly household electricity bill by a substantial amount!
Schools back in session and guess who the teacher is? Me! Never thought I’d ever have to teach my kids anything but morals, values, and making good choices. But insert 2020, COVID –19, and the world being shut down, and here I am teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic! Not to mention transforming my guest bedroom to a classroom complete with desks, chairs, and a chalkboard.
With the kids being at home full-time, my electricity bill has been consistently in the $300 to $400 range each month, which is very uncommon for my family. Typically, the summer months are when we take vacations, so we are not at home for weeks at a time during the summer. Though we’ve saved money by not vacationing, we’ve spent more money on electricity. This is a bit concerning since there is no set date to when we will return to any type of normalcy.
Whether it’s the for sale sign on that beautiful home in Rice Village you have always admired during your morning jogs , or the friend that keeps talking about the vintage cottage she just purchased, or maybe it's the loud roommate that keeps you up at night. Nevertheless, moments like these make you question if renting is really worth it and if it's time for you to seriously consider home-ownership.
These past two weeks have been like a roller-coaster. Last week, the number of COVID – 19 cases in Texas was at an all-time high. This week, we have seen a significant decline in the numbers. This only proves that in this thing called life, change is inevitable. We go through seasons of highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs, good times and bad. The key is to stand strong through times of adversity because change always comes. The same is true when it comes to energy. For years, we have relied on electric companies to power our homes, but as the demand to replenish and restore mother earth increases, we must answer the call to change.
Natural disasters represent an ongoing risk to the electrical grid. Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc. cause billions of dollars and damages to the health and public safety of citizens across the country. The solar energy industry can help prepare for natural disasters, especially with the installations of off-grid solar systems in local communities hit by a natural disaster.