4 Solar Energy Facts You Should Know

4 Solar Energy Facts That College Students Should Know

Climate change is a huge topic of discussion among college kids. If you care about saving the environment, it's important to know some basic solar energy facts so you can be more educated on the topic.

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Switching to solar energy is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are three facts you should know about solar energy.

Solar Energy is Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

Many people are hesitant to switch to solar panels because they feel it will be more expensive than using traditional sources of energy such as fossil fuels. This is because the sun does not charge people money for the energy it provides. This means really the only cost we have to endure is for the installation of solar panels, which have become increasingly more affordable and easier to get due to government incentives, tax rebates, and loans.

Solar Energy is More Abundant Than Every Other Energy Source

Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy, especially when compared to non-renewable energy sources. The sun does not simply run out of energy or light, but earth cannot keep producing coal for our energy needs. There is enough solar energy produced each year to provide for all of humanity.

Solar Panels Are Much Cheaper Than They Used to Be

Solar panels have decreased rapidly in the last 40 years, and show no signs of slowing down. While the current cost of solar panels may still intimidate many people, you have to consider how quickly they pay for themselves by eliminating your electric bill every month. Also, as I briefly mentioned above, you can get tax rebates, incentives, and loans to cover the cost of installing solar panels.

China is the World Leader in Solar Energy

California is paving the way for solar energy in the United States, but China is leagues ahead of us and the rest of the world. If the rest of the world follows in China's footsteps, we will be on our way to going completely solar in the distant (near?) future.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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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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