January 29, 2021

Concern about climate change and our environment used to be a fringe thing. But the announcement by GM will convert its entire offering to zero-emission vehicles by 2035 could be a game-changer. The Federal government extended in 2020 the tax credits for residential alternative energy installation by consumers by two years and it’s likely the program and its successors could be even more generous as the ramifications of climate change become more clear.

I just read this great article on the DSIRE Insight  website regarding things homeowners can do to prepare their home for winter that also are environmentally conscious. The link is here:

One thing I learned is there is a misconception that solar panels don’t work as well in the winter. According to the article, “When the weather is cold it cools down the panels, which increases the voltage.  This allows the panels to produce more electricity, per sunny hour, when compared to a summer month.”

While it’s certainly less sunny in Michigan and the upper midwest during winter, a good solar system might produce enough power during the winter to blunt your overall electric pull from the power grid and save some money.

With the impact of climate change on our lives, a paradigm shift in our thinking about alternative energy is worthwhile. It’s time to rethink our assumptions about–and the government and business support of–alternative energy offerings for homeowners.

The DSIRE website is a great place to start to learn more about government incentives and resources if you want to explore alternative energy options.

Cover photo: Photo by MICHAEL WILSON on Unsplash