With the nuclear crisis in Japan, the coal mine explosion in West Virginia, and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention the Middle East in turmoil, it makes you wonder: Isn’t there a cleaner, safer and more reliable way to produce our energy? Do we really need to be putting ourselves in constant catastrophic danger or continue to line the pockets of foreign countries?
And why go so far? Here on Long Island, we are limited. The only source of electricity is LIPA, a traditional provider that uses, for the most part, traditional energy sources. Did you know LIPA owns 18 percent interest in the Nine Mile nuclear power plant and buys power from various on- and off-island suppliers that use a combination of gas, nuclear and oil as their main source of production?
Also, LIPA’s rates are among the highest in the country and are expected to continue to increase each year. If it feels like a monopoly, you’re right — but there is a way out!
Let’s change this picture around and move from gloomy gray to bright yellow. The sun can make you smile in more ways then you realize. Did you know that enough sun rays fall to the earth’s surface every minute to meet the world’s energy demands for an entire year! Why not collect some of those rays and convert them into electricity to power your home and business?
You can be reassured that this is one of earth’s natural resources that will not deplete, and as far as we know — the sun is expected to stick around for at least another 4.5 billion years. So no worries … collect away! You may not be able to shop around for electricity, but you can produce it yourself, and it’s easy!
Yes, it’s that simple — and practical! Alternate energy resources are not pie-in-the-sky, they are reasonable and affordable and will enable you to free yourself from a tradition you may not be so happy with. A simple explanation of how solar works:
Isn’t it interesting how a little sunshine can turn a depressing scenario into sheer bliss? Of course, we should give LIPA some credit here as they also understand the power of the sun and are encouraging you to go solar to the tune of up to $17,500 in rebates. Your investments comes down even further with a 25% tax credit from New York state (up to $5,000) as well as a 30% tax credit from the Federal Government.
So remember, when the sun spills over and radiates plumes of heat, we just call it a beach day! Enjoy that sun … make it work for you and help rid us of those dirty dangers.