3 Benefits of Solar Energy

Going Green for Good: 3 Benefits of Solar Energy

It's easy to say you want to go green, but actually making changes in your life is a whole different story. Here are 3 benefits of solar energy that'll make you want to go green for good.

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If you want to go green you need to do more than just recycle. One of the biggest causes of climate change is the burning of fossil fuels. By going solar, we can greatly reduce our negative impact on the earth. Here's why you should go solar.

You'll Help the Environment

It's addressed in the title but it can't be understated: going green should mean going solar. If you truly want to limit your carbon footprint, you should consider going solar at home. This doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on a dozen solar panels. By using just one solar panel, you can reduce the amount of electricity you use which will reduce your carbon footprint. We can't expect to completely reverse climate change, but if everyone does their part by going solar, we can definitely make a big impact.

You'll Reduce or Eliminate Energy Bills

One of the biggest reasons people are turned off by going solar is they don't want to invest money in solar panels. Why spend money on installing something that you don't need? Well, what if installing solar panels will actually save you a ton of money by eliminating your energy bills? It's true! You'll start saving money right away and the solar panels will pay for themselves over and over again.

You'll Earn Tax Credits and Rebates

A lot of young adults fresh out of college may not know a lot about tax credits and rebates, so to put it simply, you'll save even more money by installing solar panels. There are tax credits and government rebates available to people who invest in solar panels, which means you'll earn money back on your tax return that'll help cover the initial cost of paying for the panels.

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If You Have A Project You Want To Grow, Crowdfunding May Be The Answer

The benefits of the crowdfunding phenomenon.

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The idea of crowdfunding is exciting, isn't it? A small town poet can use a platform like GoFundMe or Patreon to sell their work directly to those who are looking for it. A community organizer can not only raise funds for an upcoming event, but they can also keep the funds coming in to raise money for the monthly expenses of running their group. A magazine editor can keep their readership engaged through multimedia as well as tangible perks in exchange for tiers of subscription costs.

Crowdfunding makes it so people can combine multiple engagement styles directly with target audiences for a common cause.

What really makes crowdfunding satisfying is getting monetary confirmation that what one is passionate about is supported. Money rules a lot of the world, and receiving money for creating or providing something for others is extremely fulfilling. Different than just going to work and earning a paycheck. Jobs employ workers to create or provide something that has already had a template of origination.

Crowdfunding is running one's own business of creation or providing goods without a bunch of the red tape. In fact, one could say that crowdfunding has allowed sites like Etsy to flourish. One can now make a pretty decent profit just making pins, Mickey ears, necklaces — whatever one can imagine — and get it directly in eyes of those interested. There's nothing to lose in crowdfunding, just the hour or so it may or may not take to set up the site.

Crowdfunding can also be used for temporary things like school funds, funeral funds, and recovery efforts. Need $10,000 to get through a semester at college? Have a sudden death in the family and need $5,000 to pay closing costs and unexpected expenses? Major world disaster like a hurricane or tsunami destroy an entire majorly populated area? GoFundMe is your answer. You'll most likely get twice as much funds then the goal you set.

There's now many crowdfunding sites out there. Outside of GoFundMe, the three biggies are Patreon, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter. So take your pick, make your page, and get some money!

And just in case you're wondering, yes I do have crowdfunding efforts out there for my projects! One for my personal writings, and one for my magazine.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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