How Solar Panels Can Help the Environment and Your Wallet

How Solar Panels Can Help The Environment And Your Wallet

The world is slowly but surely transitioning to solar energy. Will you embrace and adapt with the change?

Welcome to the 4th FLA Guest Blog Post! Today, we explore how solar panels can help the environment and your wallet. Thank you to Chelsea from Business POP for sharing this helpful article.

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There has been a lot of talk about how we can help the planet and reduce the risks of climate change, and it can be a daunting topic to think about. Luckily, there are many ways that every person can do their part to reduce energy dependence and create a cleaner environment. Installing solar panels is one of those solutions. By using this alternative form of energy, you can help the planet while saving money. The process is easy and straightforward. Here, the Fresh Life Advice blog highlights the many benefits of solar, discusses if it’s the right option for you, and offers some simple tips on getting started.

Help the Environment

When it comes to doing our part to help the environment, going solar in your home or workplace can make a big impact. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, solar panels produce clean energy that does not produce harmful air pollution or greenhouse gasses. This is especially important for large factories that use hundreds of panels instead of standard electricity, but on an individual residence, it can also make a positive impact.

Solar panels also reduce the wasteful resources necessary to create the electricity that powers our homes. Solar panels are a type of renewable energy source that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and water. Massive amounts of fossil fuels and thousands of gallons of water are required to generate regular electricity. Meanwhile, solar panels rely on sunlight to generate electricity, and they can be used to power homes, businesses, and even automobiles.

In addition to being renewable, solar energy is also very efficient. Solar panels can produce up to 50 times more electricity than traditional fossil fuel-powered generators. And because they don’t rely on water to operate, solar panels can help reduce the strain on our water resources. In many parts of the world, solar panels are already playing a vital role in reducing the use of fossil fuels and water. As more people turn to solar energy, we can expect these benefits to increase.

As mentioned, the way to really make an impact on our environment is to band together to help, and with solar panels, you are essentially creating an advertisement out of your home. Neighbors will be inclined to ask about the benefits of having panels installed and they may decide to buy them as well, so you are doing your part to spread the message and the environment will be better because of it.

Cost Savings

While some people may be satisfied by just knowing that they are making a positive impact on the world, the cost savings associated with solar panels is the cherry on the cake. Electric bills can be one of the most costly utilities, especially during the hottest and coldest months. According to Move.org, the average electricity bill is over $110. Luckily, solar panels can reduce that cost.

According to 2021 estimates, solar panels can save the average homeowner about $1,500 per year in energy costs, depending on your location, the amount of sun on your roof, and how much electricity you use daily. Keep in mind that you may still get a monthly bill from the electric company to keep you on the grid in case of an emergency, but it will likely be minimal.

The cost for a solar panel can vary, and the average home needs about 16 panels, so you can expect to pay anywhere from $105 to $1,500 per panel. Bear in mind the cost of the panel is based on the number of watts per panel.

Solar Panel House
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If you are interested in installing panels, you can get a great start by looking into the Energy Efficient Mortgage Loan program, which helps families lower their utility bills when they implement energy efficiency into their homes, which includes solar panels. This is a great program for brand-new homes or existing properties as the cost of these improvements is incorporated into your mortgage and it translates to great savings.

You can also use Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to make your home 100% renewably powered, solar included. RECs are certificates that represent the environmental benefits of renewable energy generation. By selling RECs, solar panel owners can receive payments for the environmental benefits their solar panels provide. In addition, some utility companies offer rebates or other incentives for solar panel owners who sell RECs. As a result, taking advantage of RECs can be a great way to reduce the cost of solar panels and encourage more people to switch to renewable energy. And, of course, it’s a great way to contribute to the earth’s well-being as it reduces your greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.

The Process

Keep in mind that your home may need to meet certain requirements in order to qualify for solar. For instance, your roof will need to be in good condition as the panels are heavy and need solid support. You’ll also need enough space as the average size of the collection of panels on a roof measures about 400 to 600 square feet. Finally, the best roofs are covered with standard shingles. Slate roofs tend to break, so consider that as well.

If all conditions are met, then the initial installation process is a snap and should only take a few hours. After the panels are installed, a representative from the power company will come out to inspect the system and provide a unique meter. You should see solar power generated for your home within a month from there.

Maintenance

Most solar panels come with a 20- to 25-year warranty, but that doesn’t mean they’ll last that long without proper maintenance. In order to keep your panels running at peak efficiency, it’s important to have them inspected regularly by a qualified technician. While you can do some basic cleaning and troubleshooting yourself, it’s best to leave the more technical aspects of panel maintenance to the professionals.

So, how do you go about getting your solar panels inspected by the power company? The first step is to contact your local utility company and ask if they offer this service. If not, there are a number of private companies that specialize in solar panel maintenance. Once you’ve found a company you’re comfortable with, schedule an appointment for them to come out and take a look at your panels. Be sure to give them a thorough cleaning before they arrive so they can get an accurate reading of your system’s performance. With a little bit of care and attention, your solar panels will continue to provide clean, renewable energy for years to come.

With most kinks worked out and the benefits and cost of installation now clear, this is the best time to invest in solar panels. Consider the tips and perks above and you’ll be on your way to clean energy.

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Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice

Happy one year blog anniversary to Fresh Life Advice! One year ago, I opened the doors of FreshLifeAdvice.com to the world.

Of course, these doors are electronic and metaphorical.

As a teenager, I can remember using some super cool website called Myspace.com to learn about HTML coding and website building. Myspace was the first social network to reach a global audience, but we all know how the rest of that story ended…

Rest in peace to Myspace as we pour one out for Tom.

Soon, Mark Zuckerberg took over the social media sphere. With roughly 2.89 billion monthly active users as of the second quarter of 2021, Facebook is now the biggest social network worldwide. In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users surpassed one billion, making it the first social network ever to do so.

The internet, social media, and technology, in general, are rapidly changing. I had always wanted to a piece of that pie. FLA was my chance of making a small contribution to the big world wide web.

How FreshLifeAdvice.com Was Born

After college, I wanted to fill my free time with a project that would be beneficial to the general public.

I was already writing anything and everything to escape from the daily struggle of the corporate world. Lengthy emails to friends and colleagues, forum posts about stocks, and even personal journal entries.

Why not start a blog?

FLA was born with the mission in mind to help 10 million people with their own path to financial freedom. It sounds crazy, but every life-changing invention also sounded crazy before it revolutionized its respective industry.

As of January 2021, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – 59.5 percent of the global population. Of this total, 92.6 percent (4.32 billion) accessed the internet via mobile devices. Six in every ten people around the globe now use the internet…

Sure, the internet had plenty of personal finance blogs, but they all had a similar theme. Older retired bloggers who already had a large nest egg just didn’t seem relatable to the younger crowd about to embark on an arduous start to their careers. To be fair, they did inspire me to envision a prosperous future.

The millennial generation is who I wanted to reach, because, well…I’m a part of that crowd.

The mid-20s person sits at a fork in the road. It’s the age when the world presents a choice: head down a path of continuous stress and financial woes, or set yourself up for a lifetime of money mastery.

My net worth steadily grew after the Post-2008 financial crisis. Having this credibility might help people take my advice seriously, so I purchased the domain FreshLifeAdvice.com through Bluehost for any aspiring website owners.

The goal was to put a fresh perspective on personal finance. Hence, Fresh Life Advice was born.

The Great Blogging Experiment – One Year Later

I then spent the next six months nervously designing the site. Hey, I had some good-looking shoes to fill!

Of course, the design wasn’t actually the 6-month hang-up. Truthfully, I was terrified of going live.

What if nobody likes my writing? What if nobody cares what I say? And what if the only visitors are me and my mom, again?

Publishing all your thoughts and opinions for the world to see is scary enough. Baring all on a subject as taboo as money is even scarier.

Against my better judgment, on September 01, 2020, the blog you’re reading right now went live. This was the post.

When I published that first article, I made myself a promise: I was going to make it to FLA’s 1st blog anniversary, no matter what, before I could give up.

I knew I enjoyed writing, but the internet is a big place. And I was just one voice in the chatter. Maybe after one year, I’d be able to tell if anyone cared.

Well, here we are. One year later. I’m happy to report that the site has been a raging success, and I have zero intentions to shut it down.

This blogging experiment has truly been one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever involved myself in. Every time I receive a personal reader email, an inspiring article comment, or an enthusiastic Facebook share, I can’t help but get excited and marvel at the wonders of the internet.

So, I want to say THANK YOU! At the risk of sounding extremely cliché, you – the reader – are what makes this site what it is.

I’m just a guy typing some nonsense on a keyboard. You’re the one who keeps this site alive.

One Year of FreshLifeAdvice.com Blog Anniversary Statistics

299 Page views in the blog’s first month.

150 About how many of those page views came from me.

100 Page views the first day I thought an article went viral. I remember my heart pounding as I watched the page stats, refreshing them repeatedly.

697 The most page views in a single month.

8 Total email subscribers after the first 4 months.

52 Email subscribers today. (You are on the cool kids’ email list, right?)

25 Total articles published in the past year.

2,217 Average Words Per Post

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice Annual Stats

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice Annual Stats Breakdown

470,000 Total number of words in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, together with its 1993 Addenda Section.

52,070 Total number of words written by FLA. That’s 11% of the entire English Dictionary!

82 International countries reached out the of possible total 195 countries. That’s 42% of the world!

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice International Reach

‘Mr. Worldwide’ refers to the self-ascribed nickname of American rapper and music producer Pitbull. Soon, FLA will self-ascribe a similar nickname of ‘Mr. Personal Finance Worldwide’.

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice Author Comments

These top 5 blogger commenters certainly deserve a shout-out. They’ve supported this site from the beginning. I enjoy reading and commenting on as many personal finance blogs as I can.

Happy One Year Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice Most Popular Time

The Most Popular Day is Friday, accounting for 21% of views. And the Most Popular Time is 3:00 PM, accounting for 9% of views.

There must be something about Fresh Life Advice that really gets people excited about their weekends.

99,999,999 About how many questions I get about my Side Income Reports.

It’s been quite the ride, and I still can’t quite believe how far we’ve come.

And finally, let’s hand out some year one article awards:

Article Awards

This is like the Grammys or the Oscars, but for a blog anniversary.

Most Viewed Post:

How Your DISC Personality Affects Your Spending Habits

The stats don’t lie. Every single human falls into one or more of the DISC personality traits so it was no surprise this appeal to many different audiences. It was FLA’s way of putting a fresh twist on personality tests and spending habits.

Conveniently, this post checks both boxes of fun and helpful.

Least Viewed Post:

Why Start A Blog | The Most Important 3 Reasons

Either there aren’t very many readers, or this post was a total flop.

Don’t answer! That was a rhetorical question.

Seriously, this was the first post on the site as well as one of the shortest articles to date. No surprise here.

I have no regrets writing it because it got the ball rolling for the rest of the blog. It also serves as a constant reminder of my purpose for blogging.

Most Shared Post on Social Media:

What Is Going On With GameStop Stock? | Explained

The meme stock mania was very topical, and this post was published during the midst of the hedge funds losing billions of dollars due to a short squeeze.

Most Controversial Article:

Why Don’t The Rich Invest In Index Funds?

The rich are always a topic of controversy. People like to point to inheritance, but this post explores more so how the wealthy invest their money.

Longest Post:

Weighing in at a whopping 3,394 words:

Stocks | How To Know Which To Buy And When To Invest? [Investing Strategy 101]

Shortest Post:

Fighting in the lightweight division, at only 487 words:

5 Scary Halloween Spending Facts That May Spook You

The Most Fun Post To Write:

Ideal Day of Retirement

I’m working towards F.I.R.E. just like most personal finance connoisseurs. This post lays out a rough daily plan for early retirement. See you there!

Most Profitable Side Income Reports:

December Side Income Report | 2020 – $544.01

March Side Income Report | 2021 – $443.70

August Side Income Report | 2020 – $437.97

Some Of My Random Favorite Posts:

I really enjoyed writing these ones, and I was happy with the way they turned out. But the stats say most of these weren’t read as much as the others, so here’s to giving them a second chance!

5 Foolproof Steps for Early Retirement – These are some of the most critical practices I implement in my own life to achieve F.I.R.E. as quickly as I can.

How Much Did I Spend on Amazon Shopping in 2020? – It was eye-opening to see the annual expenses I’ve spent on the e-commerce tech giant, Amazon.

Top 10 Best Money Blogs To Improve Your Personal Finance Knowledge ­– I spend a lot of time learning to provide readers with the best information possible. Credit is due to the pioneers of the personal finance blogosphere.

Happy Blog Anniversary (Blog-iversary) Everyone!

It’s been an awesome ride so far. Here’s to many more years together!

Thank you to every single person who has read FLA and supported this site! Happy Blog Anniversary Fresh Life Advice!

Disclosure: Fresh Life Advice is an opinion-based website. I am not a financial advisor, and the opinions on this site should not be considered financial advice.

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Any advice for Year 2? What are your favorite things about a blog? Let me know in the comments below.