by Rachel Simmons
Rarely do I think about how I get my electricity - or perhaps receive it is a better term. I simply know that I do - and quite reliably. Except, of course, in the case of last week when I came home to a power failure on my block, normally a quietly illuminated street. In fact, as I walked home from an evening of shopping with a friend, we were so engrossed in conversation that we hardly noticed the growing dimness of the streetlights.
And then, as the growing darkness began to grab our attention, we reached the top of the hill, gazed down at a block of blackness, and it hit us all at once:
No power. No electricity. No lights. No air conditioning.
Now that is some fresh hell when you’re in an onset of a relentless heat wave, as we are here in the Midwest. And the fact of air conditioning, rolling blackouts, and summer energy bills does actually have us all pretty conscientious of how we use our electricity. I turn out lights when I leave the room. I keep the drapes drawn, the blinds closed, and the thermostat at a balmy 76 - 78.
Of course here at Brightergy I think a lot about energy. It’s a fact not only of life but of business. As a business, we think about our own energy use, and put conservation policies in place - both for environmental and for financial reasons. And as a business, we help other businesses do the same by installing solar panels, reducing energy costs. A few benefits of solar energy are that solar panels work best at peak times when the sun is hot, and when you’re producing and storing your own energy, the costs are significantly less. And then there’s the fact that the solar panels on your roof form something of a shield, absorbing and deflecting heat, enabling your building to cool itself easier.
But rarely do I, in my daily life, think about how electricity works. I flip on a light switch, and there it is: light. Sixth grade science was, after all, a long time ago. And actually, it’s likely been awhile since we all got together to marvel at the wonder that is electricity. Read more.
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