With Spring in full bloom and Summer being right around the corner, now is the time to bask in the beautiful weather and sunny days ahead. Educating yourself on the biggest star in our galaxy, and how much power we can harness from the sun, might make you see things in a different “light.” The sun keeps us healthy, it can power our homes, and so much more. Here are a few things about the sun you probably didn’t know it can do:
The sun keeps us healthy. The human skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and can produce large amounts of vitamin D when its exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is important because it helps to main bone health, our immune systems, and fighting depression. Vitamin D can be found in foods, but the right amount you need can only be found by the right exposure from the sun. Tanning is not essentially needed to absorb the right amount of Vitamin D, just enough till your skin warms up from the sun rays.
The sun is the largest power source on earth. The sun produces enough electricity to power 2,880 TRILLION light bulbs! That’s enough sunlight to power the earth for an entire year. With that being said and summer vastly approaching, now is a better time then ever to consider purchasing a solar system for your home. To harness just a fraction of that power for your home would help you save long term and lower your monthly electricity bill. With the addition of a battery backup to your system, you can store enough energy to power your home and keep your family cool with air conditioning in the summer nights. Because most homes are still tied to the grid, you an also take advantage by selling back energy your solar systems has created, called net metering.
We can incorporate the sun in our daily lives. There are many more uses of the sun, that we have probably used at some point in our lives, without even thinking about it. Small little steps we take, like saving energy to hang our clothes to dry, instead of running the dryer, or using a solar oven to cook our meals when we go camping. Not only are we lessening our carbon footprint, but we are also saving money for our family.
Now that your more familiar with the sun and it’s power, its a good time to take the extra step and help your family harness that power. You’ll reduce your monthly electric bill, leave a greener footprint for the future and maximize any additional state and local incentives along the way.
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