Over time, we’ve become conditioned to receive a power bill, get annoyed that it’s too high, pay it begrudgingly, and repeat the cycle the next month. To make matters worse, very little—if any—of what we're paying goes toward alternative energy sources. Overall, wind and solar account for only about 7 percent of U.S. electricity mix.
This is due in large part to the fact that a lot of people don't realize that switching over to renewables is an option for them. As the president of a solar energy company, I've noticed many people mistakenly think the only way to bring clean energy into their homes is by installing rooftop solar panels. While that's a great option for homeowners who have the financial means, roof capacity, and natural surroundings to do so, about 80 percent of the population doesn't fall into that category.
Thankfully, this is an exciting time for the energy industry, and more clean energy choices exist than ever before. Here are a few sustainable ways to reduce and reframe your energy use: