While investing in solar panels for your home is often a big move on its own, for many people it's actually just one piece of a larger overall effort. Many homeowners are looking to increase their general reliance on electric products and services, and while solar panels are one fantastic centralized way to lean into this sort of approach, they're often considered in coordination with other related efforts as well.
At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we're here to help. We offer full-service solar panel solutions, including installation of the Tesla Powerwall battery backup that's ideal for powering various electric solutions across your home. What are some major benefits of going electric in your home and life, and what are some examples of ways of doing so that often coordinate with your solar panels? Here are a few areas to think about.
First and foremost, let's define what we're talking about here. There are a number of different ways you can "go electric" within your home and life, which refers to the general goal of limiting reliance on gas and oil while replacing them with carbon-free options that are better for the environment -- and your wallet, in most cases.
One common such approach that's becoming more and more popular in recent years is driving an electric car, which is much better for the environment than a gas-powered car and can often cost less to operate on a monthly basis as well. You can charge your car at home with a Level 2 charger, which we offer installation of as part of our solar panel packages.
Other approaches include using an electric bike or scooter for commuting or errands instead of a car, or switching to an electric lawnmower (or no lawnmower at all). You might also upgrade your home's heating and cooling system to a heat pump, which uses electricity instead of gas.
These are just a few examples -- the realm of possibilities here only grows with each passing year as new technology emerges. Why is this so beneficial for many homeowners? Our next several sections will dig into this.
For many, the single most important part of this conversation revolves around climate change. The greenhouse gas emissions released by our society each year are causing the Earth's climate to rapidly change, and this in turn is leading to numerous devastating effects like more extreme weather patterns, droughts and wildfires, loss of animal habitats and species, rising sea levels and flooding, and more.
Clearly, we need to take action to reduce the amount of emissions we're putting into the atmosphere each year. And while there are a number of ways to do this, one of the most impactful is by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and instead turning to renewable energy sources like solar power.
By switching to an all-electric home, you can help fight climate change in a very direct way. And while every little bit helps, the more people who make this switch, the greater the effect we can have as a society.
In addition to helping save the planet, another big benefit of electric products and services is that they often end up costing you less money in the long run. This is especially true when you pair solar panels with a Tesla Powerwall battery, as the Powerwall can store solar energy to use later on, meaning you're not as reliant on the grid.
But even without solar panels, simply switching to an electric car can save you a lot of money on gas each month, and over time this will add up to a substantial amount of savings. Electric products and services are often more expensive up front, but over time they end up saving you money -- which is great news for your wallet.
Yet another big benefit of going electric is that it can actually improve your health in a number of ways. For example, electric cars produce zero emissions, which means you're not breathing in harmful pollutants when you're driving. This is great news for your lungs and overall respiratory health.
In addition, electric bikes and scooters are a great way to get some exercise while still getting where you need to go. And if you switch to an electric lawnmower, you'll no longer be breathing in harmful fumes from a gas-powered engine. These might seem like small changes, but they can have a big impact on your health -- and the health of those around you.
As we've alluded to a few times here, one of the best ways to go electric is to install solar panels on your home. Solar power systems generate renewable energy from the sun, and this energy can then be used to power your home in a variety of ways.
In addition to generating electricity to power your home's lights, appliances, and so on, solar power systems can also be used to heat your home's water, providing hot showers and clean laundry without using any fossil fuels.
And as we mentioned before, solar power systems can be paired with a Tesla Powerwall battery, which stores solar energy to use later on. This means you can generate your own electricity even when the sun isn't shining, and you're not as reliant on the grid.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to going electric, both for you and for the planet. If you're thinking about making the switch, solar power systems are a great place to start.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our solar panel installation services or other programs, speak to our team at Intermountain Wind & Solar today.
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