What’s Your Clean Screen?

When it comes to all the buzzwords that make up your clean screen rating, there are many! Whether it be “renewables,” “carbon neutrality,” “zero emissions,” “carbon offset,” “carbon footprint” or “ecofriendly,” all are holding you to the same common denominator: clean energy.

So, how clean is your carbon screen? And how renewable are your resources?

Are you doing a lot, a little, or all that you possibly can to preserve our planet and protect our atmosphere? If you’re one of our clients, you get an automatic “in” into the “doing a lot” category because, as you know, one of the most beneficial things you can do for your carbon footprint is a solar panel system.

But let’s talk specifics now. As it relates to eco-friendly energy, did you know there’s a difference between clean and renewable energy?

Clean Vs. Renewable Energy

When it comes to these two, they often seem so interchangeable, it’s a bit of a surprise to learn that they’re not

Renewable energy is one that comes from continually replenishing sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric. Natural gas, on the other hand, would be a good example of clean energy because while it is considered a more eco-friendly alternative to oil, it cannot be renewed once it’s usage capacity has been exhausted.

Renewable energy can be sourced from so many natural resources (including water and waves), which is why it accounts for one eighth of our overall power generation in the United States.

Team Clean

Okay – for those of you looking to play on Team Clean, here are a few things you can do:

  • Eat more raw foods so you cook less often. And make the move towards smaller appliances to feed your family. Think crockpots, rice cookers, toaster ovens and energy-smart countertop cooking appliances.
  • Opt for energy-efficient laptops and flat screen LED TVs.
  • Invest in a renewable energy program to power your residential and commercial properties – like E-Volve or Local Sun .
  • Simple as this may sound, try tossing a dry towel in with your laundry to reduce your drying time. Or hang dry as much as you can, using the dryer for 10-15 minutes at the end just to finish the job you already started.

Just doing these few things can create more consciousness around your daily energy usage and help ensure the sustainability of our planet. Go Team Clean!


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