Top 5 Common Solar Energy Misconceptions

by Tom Z. on August 26, 2015

top 5 solar energy misconceptions

Energy can be a tricky subject – it can generate plenty of heated discussions, with facts often getting jumbled with gossip and misunderstandings. Although going solar is continuing to increase in popularity, a few misconceptions surrounding this ‘new age’ energy source are still continuing to bubble under the surface. Below are five of the most common myths when it comes to installing solar energy in your home.

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When the King of Pop Michael Jackson crooned “Heal the World” and the Earth song more than two decades ago, he was singing for peace. He was singing to save the world from destruction at the hands of humans. I would say it’s not entirely a bad thing that he’s no more to see that his words fell on deaf ears.

Just to clarify, this post is not about war and civilian unrest that plague many parts of the world. I am talking about destruction of a different kind – environmental destruction – brought on by none other than us humans. Different? Yes. Less dangerous? No.

Look around yourself – global warming, mass animal deaths, habitat loss, extreme weather events, natural resource depletion – do we need more proof that we’re about to self-destruct as well as destroy many other forms of life for no fault of theirs?

That said, I don’t want to sound like an alarmist. Instead, I want to offer solutions. I want to make suggestions – simple ones that we all can implement in our daily lives, those that can go a long way to save the planet from environmental annihilation. Here are five of them:

1. Recycle: I cannot stress enough on the role recycling plays in helping the environment. It reduces the amount of waste going into landfills that are a ticking time bomb in themselves. Recycling, especially scrap metal recycling, helps conserve natural resources. Sims Metal Management, a leading metal recycling company, shares some handy scrap metal recycling tips in this infographic. Recycling also helps reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, believed to be the leading cause of global warming. Additionally, recycling prevents the destruction of natural habitat, loss of biodiversity, as well as air, water and soil pollution. Learn some more amazing facts about recycling!


2. Eat less meat: Before you start gasping for breath, I am not for a moment suggesting that you go on a vegan diet. But going meatless one day a week doesn’t sound so preposterous, does it? According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry is responsible for more than one-fifth of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by humans. Add to that the copious amounts of water livestock requires and the energy needed to feed them, and you have the makings of an industry that guzzles resources at an alarming rate. Just cutting down on your meat consumption by a fraction can slow down this disturbing trend.


3. Use water sparingly: Don’t roll your eyes just yet. I know you must be thinking there’s plenty of water to go around. Yes, it certainly seems that way. But only 1 percent of the water that covers the earth is freshwater, or water that we can use. As much as 97 percent is salty and 2 percent is ice, according to this paper. The paper also shares some handy tips on how you can save water at home and in your garden/yard.


4. Drive fuel-efficient vehicles: If I could, I would replace all the cars in the world with their greener versions. After all, vehicles are responsible for approximately 51 percent of CO2 emissions in America. That said, I also understand the argument many have against them – cost being one of the biggest hurdles to adoption. If you can’t or don’t want to buy a hybrid car, get one that is the most fuel efficient in the segment you’re looking at. You can also practice the tenets of fuel economy to reduce your carbon footprint and try to walk/cycle/carpool or use public transport as much as possible.


5. Use alternative sources of energy: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), electricity generation caused 39 percent of the total energy-related CO2 emissions in America in the year 2012. Using renewable sources of energy, which means harnessing wind, sunlight (solar), heat (geothermal), water (hydroelectric), and biomass, to generate power has significant benefits for the environment, reduced greenhouse gas emissions being one of them. These sources are also freely and abundantly available in the environment, so there’s no risk of running out as is the case with non-renewable sources of energy like coal, natural gas, oil, etc. Get committed by learning more about renewable energy credits.


So, are we ready to live up to MJ’s words? Are we ready to heal the world? All it will take is for each one of us to make some adjustments in the way we live. We can save the planet from certain destruction!

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Solar Roofing Systems; The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

by Marcus Howling on November 3, 2014

The government is giving away a 30% tax credit to homeowners who install solar panels or Photovoltaic Systems. One requirement is the system has to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The problem up until now is that your only option was to place big, bulky unattractive panels on your roof. Why not go with a more slender design, save money, and have a positive impact on our environment?

The Bad Side Of Solar Roofing Systems

Believe it or not, most people would love to help. One of the reasons more people do not install solar panels is because of the cost associated with the installation. These solar panels could cost upwards of $40,000 to install. The panels themselves can be anywhere from $4,000-$12,000 a piece. Given this massive cost burden, you certainly understand why most homeowners cannot afford to make an impact.

The Ugly Side Of Solar Roofing Systems

Okay, this one is easy; everyone knows what the ugly side of solar panels is. The Design! The appearance of solar panels does not enhance the look of your house. The only thing worse than paying someone 75% on labor, equipment, tax, permitting, and fees is paying them for something that may cause your house to look worse.

Your Solar Roofing System Solution

The tax credits are not the only reason you should consider purchasing a solar system. The good news is that there are trendier more affordable options. You can choose to install solar shingles that replace your current roof. Yes, they lie flat on your roof and keep the natural look and design of typical shingles. Bonus, you receive the federal tax credit and they look amazing.

About Century Spouting

Century Spouting provides home improvements including but not limited to solar panel installation, roofing, siding, doors, decks, sunrooms, and gutter helmets. They are known for quality service and professional craftsmanship.


Click here for more information on the federal tax credits.

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Amazing Facts about Recycling

by Ethan K. on August 29, 2014

Recycling is supposed to be one of the most effective measures of waste management. With the alarm having sounded for different climatic changes, it is evident that every person needs to make an effort to ensure better and proper management of waste, which can only be done with recycling.

There are many facts and figures about recycling that will not only amaze you, but will also make you aware of the different facets of recycling.

Facts about Paper Recycling

Paper is one of the most sought after materials in the recycling industry. Due to its versatility, it can be converted into different products and items. However, there are different alarming facts and figures about paper recycling that need to be read before wasting the next bit of paper in the landfill.

  • It takes more than 500,000 trees to create every week’s Sunday newspaper. The damage to the ecological balance of the planet is beyond repair.

  • Sending your discarded Sunday New York Times to the recycling unit can easily save more than 75,000 trees.

  • It has been cited in every recycling discussions that recycling all our newspapers will actually save 250,000,000 trees each year.

  • It is a known fact in the recycling industry that every ton of recycled paper actually saves more than 7000 gallons of water, 17 trees, and 4000 kilowatts of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space and 380 gallons of oil.

Yet, communities and municipalities ignore the importance of recycling paper, which has not only affected the environment and ecological balance in different areas.

Facts about Metal Recycling

Metal is a universal recycling material that can be converted into different products that can further be used in various fields. Here are some facts and figures about metals and its recycling:

  • If you throw away aluminum can in the landfill, then it will take more than 500 years to biodegrade. Therefore, it is best to send the can for recycling as every can that is recycled can be a part of a new aluminum can in the next 6 weeks.

  • If 1 pound of steel is recycled, it can actually light a 60-watt bulb for the next 24 hours.

  • If steel is recycled in a proper manner every year, it actually conserves enough energy to light and heat more than 18,000,000 homes.

  • It has been estimated that more than 350,000 aluminum cans are produced in 1 minute.

  • By the time you finish reading this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans have already been manufactured around the world.

  • Certain metals have limitations of how many times they can be recycled, but there is no limit when it comes to aluminum.

  • With every ton of steel that is recycled, the world is able to save 40 pounds of limestone, 2,500 pounds of iron ore and 1,000 of coal.

Facts about Plastic Recycling

Plastic is one of those materials that are used in each and everything in our day-to-day life. From packaging to automobile parts, plastic is everywhere. Therefore, it is essential to know the different facts and figures about plastic recycling.

  • Plastic bags are lightweight; therefore, they can easily fly away from landfills and recycling bins. These generally land in different seas, oceans, beaches, and gardens.

  • One of the biggest reasons for the death of more than 1,000,000 sea creatures is plastic bags as these get caught in the digestive system of these creatures, which causes choking and suffocation.

  • Throwing away more than 2,500,000 plastic bottles every year can cause enough damage to the planet that will take more than 100 years to recover.

  • Plastic in the landfills takes more than 500 years to biodegrade.

Therefore, it is better to send each and every plastic bottle, bag and other related products to the recycling unit.

All the above facts provide a deeper insight in the way the world is handling different kinds of waste. Talking about change will never alter the scenario. People need to make the effort to see the change.

Erich Lawson is very passionate about the environment and effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on educating the public on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting

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Saving Our Environment and Your Business One LED Light At Time

August 27, 2014

Businesses are always looking to save money on their overhead. Everyone knows the key to successful business is growth. Most business never think about how their lighting systems can drastically change the amount of energy they use and what they pay for it. Consider this! A household using 30 normal light bulbs in a year […]

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