As the economy continues to struggle, so does our environment. There is some good news that may help beat both of these battles. Solar Energy World in Elkridge, Maryland is holding a workshop Saturday, January 26, from 10AM-12PM.
The objective is to educate homeowners on how to reduce their energy bill by 50-100% with the use of solar energy. There will also be information about the state of the solar industry, green jobs, environmental benefits, how solar works in local climates, the latest solar technologies, the costs and financial incentives for homeowners, and how to choose a solar contractor. Furthermore, there will also be pastries and coffee available, gift and information packages, and a tour of Solar Energy World’s Solar Roof. If interested, RSVP online by January 22 in order to attend the workshop at no cost; otherwise it will be $20 at the door.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans saved $19 billion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 29 million cars by taking energy-efficient measures and making their homes more eco-friendly. However, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that in 2010 the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. resident was 958 kilowatthours (kWh) per month, but in 2011 Maryland’s average monthly consumption was 1,030 kWh. Therefore, Maryland is still higher than the country’s average.
In order to help the state become more sustainable the state and federal government has developed new tax credits and grants that has enabled solar energy to become more affordable. Maryland is now ranking number 6th in the country for “solar capacity” and Maryland State lawmaker’s have set goals to generate at least 20% of the state’s power from renewable sources with at least 2% being from solar energy by 2022, according to Solar Energy Industries Association.
The cost of energy generated by fossil fuels increases by about 4% per year, but the cost of generating energy through solar panels has decreased by about 10% per year. In 2011 new solar installations have almost doubled over previous years.
Solar energy can cut energy costs, decrease your greenhouse emissions, and can help others reduce their carbon footprint as well. Go to the free workshop to find out more information about how you can help save the earth and reduce your energy costs, while helping Maryland reach its goal for sustainability.