Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 203 - Solar Power - COOP It!

Living in Florida there is a huge wasted market for solar power.  We have all the sun for the energy but many of us don't have the means to pay for our homes to be fitted for solar panels. I liked where I used to live as the electric company saw the benefit in helping you replace your air conditioner when it broke.  You simply called them up, they came out after the air conditioner had been pronounced "dead."  The RIP stone was placed upon it as it was hauled off.  You filled out the paperwork for a loan that would be repaid on your monthly electric bill.  So if it was $90/month for electric, you would pay $140 month for the life of the loan, usually three years and you were able to get the air conditioner fixed without having to pay a huge lump sum or an outrageous interest rate. The electric company knew it was in their best interest to help you with your best interested because this would get you back to using more electricity.  It was an electrical COOP and it was its customer's brother's and sister's keepers.

Now if the electric companies could find a way to use your solar energy and help you pay for the initial investment, they too could sell that energy to more customers and implement the same type of system.  I'm not sure why they don't do that now. Maybe the FEAR factor.  If we give it to them, they won't use as much electricity and we will lose money.  Hello, it is a win win...

Steve recently bought a solar panel water pump so that the bird bath can have a solar powered water fountain.  The birds love the fresh water and the sound of it.  It was the right thing to do so that they could have a shower in this tremendous heat that we have been having lately.  We have bridal showers, baby showers, and now we have bird showers.  Now if we could only recycle our own showers with water pumps, we wouldn't waste as much water when we take a shower.  To save our most precious resource, water, we could recycle the water but how I don't know, that's what we have engineers for. But its a better idea than turning the shower on to rinse, off to lather and on again to rinse the soap off.  I know this is what I'm supposed to do so I'm going to give it a try to save water.  If only I were like a bird and could get into the bath, fluff around and then sit to dry...sometimes being a bird would be easier.

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference ~Nolan Bushnell

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