The use of solar energy is increasing. So if you haven’t already, it could be the perfect time for your business to consider taking advantage of solar panels.
You probably already know that using solar energy is helpful for the environment. But did you know that those environmental benefits can actually help you grow your customer base? Since customers are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues, some are actually more likely to support businesses that show that same concern for the environment.
Of course, saving the world isn’t always a good enough reason for businesses to buy a bunch of expensive equipment. And solar panels can be a major up-front cost for businesses. But those costs are falling. And over time, businesses can more than make up for those expenses by saving on energy costs.
In Tech Cocktail, Sarah Willis writes:
“The average US home powered by sunlight [is] saving $1680 a year. After installation costs are paid, businesses can be bill-free (as long as electrical needs are being covered). Eventually these first-time costs will be covered and there’s even a chance to make some profit too.”
Businesses that generate more electricity than they need can actually sell that extra energy in 43 states. But aside from that, the savings can make energy costs more manageable, and also more predictable.
One major criticism of solar energy over the years has been its reliance on the weather. And it’s true that certain types of businesses may face issues getting their money’s worth, such as businesses that operate at night and those surrounded by tall buildings. But solar technology is advancing so that storing energy to use later will become more affordable.
In addition, other sources of energy such as gas aren’t exactly stable. And as resources deplete they could become even more unpredictable. Solar energy, on the other hand, isn’t something that will ever run out. In fact, it will only become more stable and easier to use. So if your business hasn’t already started using solar energy, isn’t it time to consider it?
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