Every year, right around January 1st, millions all over the world resolve to eat better, exercise more, or otherwise make more mindful decisions related to personal health and well being.
But what about making other changes—changes that impact our planet as a whole? In fact, why not make 2014 the year you embrace solar technology?
Rest assured, that doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul of your home’s heating and electrical system (although there is a wealth of information online to help you make such a transition if you’re so inclined!). Sometimes making significant lifestyle changes begins with taking baby steps.
Here are some affordable things you can do to get started:
- Contact your representatives to let them know where you stand on the use of fossil fuels versus alternative energies. It doesn’t hurt to call your power company, too, and ask them to support these latter forms of energy, such as solar, wind, and geothermal.
- Opt for solar-powered devices, such as chargers, flashlights, and radios (peruse our online catalog to learn more about how these products work).
- Use passive solar heating by opening curtains/blinds on the south and west facing sides of your house and removing solar shade screens.
- To save energy (and coin), use solar-powered outdoor lights, especially during the darkest months of the year.
Believe it or not, making even small adjustments can make a big difference! Here are just some of the ways going solar (particularly by using solar-powered devices) makes sense:
- Conserve energy, save money (the money you’ll save on batteries alone is ample reason).
- Set an example for your children when it comes to mindful energy use.
- Solar gadgets are convenient, efficient, and they look cool, too.
Still need a little inspiration? Here are 14 quotes from top thinkers that we hope will motivate you to think solar for the New Year!
“The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away.” –Stephanie Mills
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” –Mahatma Gandhi
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.” –Gaylord Nelson
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” –Wendell Berry
“Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the ‘environmentalist’ view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.” –Edward O. Wilson
“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species—man—acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.” –Rachel Carson
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” –Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“The next step in man’s evolution will be the survival of the wisest.” –Deepak Chopra
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breath the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” –Carl Sagan
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –Moses Henry Cass
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” –Pope John Paul II
We’d love to know what resolutions you’ve made this year. Tell us in the comments below!