How to talk to your Family about Solar Energy during the Holidays | PremierImprovementsOne.com
Updated: Dec 4, 2021
You may be looking forward to spending holiday time with family members who don't share your concerns about the environment. You may wonder how to talk about sustainability with others if you notice differences between generations and political parties.
We are here to help. Here are nine common arguments against solar. This goes beyond talking with your family. We hear these misconceptions about solar from many sources so we decided to compile a guide on how to correct them.
Here, there isn't Enough Sun
This is the most common argument against solar we hear. This article can be read from any part of the continental U.S., except Seattle. You will probably receive enough sunlight for solar to make it worthwhile. Below is Germany's radiation map. While the country is able to meet more than 40% of its energy requirements using renewable energy, most of its cities get less sunlight than cities in the northern United States like Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis.
Additionally, states such as New Jersey and Massachusetts regularly rank among the top states in solar energy. You can see that solar energy in the U.S. does not only reside in the Sun Belt. Although a Maine solar energy system won't be as efficient as one in Arizona it can still produce enough electricity to make the investment worthwhile.
We'll leave you with one last fun fact in this section: price of solar is not affordable for everyone. You'll be paying 25 years in electricity upfront by purchasing a solar energy system.
It's too Expensive
The solar tax credit, incentives localities and energy savings make most solar energy systems self-pay in five to twelve years. Your house will run on renewable energy from then on. Homeowners can save up to $50,000 on their energy bills over the life of their system.
We touched on this in our first misconception. While you may not be able to reach $50,000 in Minnesota, you will likely save thousands of dollars.
Aren't all solar panels made in China?
Let's answer that question by taking a look at the top solar panels from 2022. And where they were made.
Canadian Solar: Canada
Trina Solar: China
Q Cells: Germany (China, Malaysia, USA, South Korea)
REC Solar: Singapore
China will get 1.5 out of 10. It's also worth noting the fact that many of the top-rated solar companies, even those who service homes around the world, are based in the U.S.
We will however admit that China is a leader in the procurement and investment of rare materials like cobalt which are used in storage systems such as EV batteries. Although this is not the same as "all solar panels made in China", it is still an important environmental and social concern.
Soon, there will be an even greater Tax Credit
You shouldn't expect a larger solar tax credit due to the low cost of solar. Since the Bush administration, the current tax credit is in place. It was originally a 30% credit, and it was included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The policy has been extended over the years but its value has gradually declined. It now covers just 26% of an entire system. It will be reduced to 22% in 2023 and not extended after that. The government will no longer see the need to provide financial incentives now that solar is at a reasonable price.
Why should I switch to solar when the Public Utilities can?
This argument is my favorite out of all the ones. It's not a bad idea.
One of the greatest benefits to solar energy, especially residential, is its ability to decentralize our energy infrastructure. Every house that has solar panels reduces the burden on our public infrastructure, which is responsible for generating, transporting and distributing enormous amounts of power to a growing country. The nation would see enormous benefits from a decentralized, clean energy economy: lower energy costs, cleaner air, water, greater access to public lands, and many other benefits.
Solar investment can offset the enormous impact on electricity as a public utility by allowing homeowners to invest in solar. Even if utilities make a switch to 100% renewable energy sources, it is unlikely that they will. Energy rates are also not projected to drop below the cost of solar.
My house might be up for sale. Solar panels are not allowed in my home, and they won't be wanted by buyers
Although it is technically possible, it can be costly to remove solar panels from a home and install them again. Homes with solar panels are more attractive on the market because solar actually increases your property value.
The solar leasing business is the source of the myth that solar panels don't appeal to buyers. Although a solar lease may seem like an easy and quick way to reduce energy costs and improve impact, it can also be costly and time-consuming.
This is due to a number of reasons. The first is that you must convince the new owner to take over the lease when you sell your house. It doesn't always work. It is not always possible to cancel your lease. In some cases, cancellation fees can reach $20,000.
What about homeowners who do not lease their panels but take out a loan to buy them? What happens if the homeowner decides to pay off the system in full?
This will depend on the solar financing agreement. However, in most cases you can use some of your home's proceeds to repay your loan balance. Due to your property's higher value, you will still be able to make more from the sale of the home even after you have paid off the loan.
Won't solar panels damage my roof?
Solar panels can be installed correctly and properly maintained to ensure safety for your roof. Many solar companies are experts in roofing. They can even strengthen your roof's structural integrity as part of their services. As with any contractor, if you hire someone who isn't qualified, you won’t get great results.
Modern solar panels can even be integrated into roof tiles. What is the best way to damage your roof with solar ? Solar installations will soon be a common practice for roofing contractors.
8. We can't change climate change.
Although I wish that this was not a household tradition, it is a fact we hear more often than we would like.
The concentration of greenhouse gases has been largely increased by human activities, leading directly to climate change.
The climate would be warmer without human activity. There have been arguments that carbon is a good thing and not the boogeyman that we are led to believe. Carbon is natural and an essential component of the atmosphere. However, too much carbon can upset the balance and our carbon emissions are just that.
You may not be able to win this argument if the person you are debating does not trust science. However, the issue is so important that you must keep trying to reach them in any way possible. (Here is another resource: How to Talk to People about the Climate Crisis when Scary Facts are Not Enough
I like things as they are
This is the most difficult argument to overcome. Resistance to change is often part and parcel of a culture. We recommend that you appeal to your audience when you address this issue. What might make them care about climate change? Are they married? Grandchildren? Are they concerned about saving money? Are they concerned about the availability of most holiday pie ingredients
You may have to try the next one.
It can be difficult to discuss the importance of science with those you love. Try to approach the subject in a way that is relatable to your audience, and tailor your message to suit their needs. Also, try to avoid frustration.
Holidays can be stressful enough without having to discuss the fate of nature. If necessary, drop the conversation, but keep it going at another time in the year.
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