Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 51

Becoming The Jetsons BY RICHARD A. FLOREY Marketing Director EcoVantage Energy, inc. www./ Building the hedges. Having personal power is also essential to survival; especially if that survival has to last for an extended period of time. One of the things we as a people need to embrace is thinking ahead and making the hard decisions should life become pared down to its essentials. Having energy to keep the lights on, your food fresh and staying informed is one less thing to worry about in times of hardship. Change for the better…for good. Having personal power will rank up there with the airplane, gunpowder, microwave ovens and rocketry. (Now, if we can only get them to build us those flying cars we were promised back in the ‘60’s). Whether we accept it or not, change is upon us. It seems that as every day goes by, we get a little bit closer to becoming The Jetsons. At least that’s the vision; to have a world where gizmos and gadgets erase the nuisances and irritations of living and surviving. Having a source of electricity right there on the roof is about the wisest thing we can do for ourselves and the environment and the future. AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY ”Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonization of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.” New Energy Outlook 2016 Technology overcomes nuisance…Every. Single. Time. Think of all the everyday objects that surround us that do nothing more than help us overcome the little irritations in life; the nuisances we otherwise would have to put up with. There’s the automobile, because hooking up a horse everyday was a nuisance. The airplane, because the time it took to go from point A to point B was extremely irritating. You can think of a multitude of items like; shoes, eye glasses, the toothbrush, etc., the list goes on and on. How about the nuisance of a recurring monthly electricity bill coupled with periodic and untimely outages? Behold, Solar PV with battery backup, “personal power”, is here and it is the perfect answer to many nuisances. It is the unstoppable transformation of how we will power our lives today and in the future. What about the big nuisance of surviving a catastrophe? 49