Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 31

Ownership Equals Independence BY RICHARD A. FLOREY Marketing Director EcoVantage Energy, inc. www./ 2016 marks the 240th birthday of the United States. The two cornerstones of it’s foundation are independence and liberty. These two ideals live at the core of every American; they define almost every decision we make. We also judge our circumstance through the filters of these ideals as to whether we are in a state of happiness, which our founding fathers believed was the paramount right of every human being. Because, without independence and liberty, the state of happiness does not exist. We at EcoVantage Energy believe having the ability to make your own power is liberating because it provides independence. It is the very definition of it. Our pioneer forefathers were extremely independent. They did not have the luxury of electricity nor a public water supply. They lived on what the land provided and made the most of it and felt the exaltation of liberty simply because they owned it. That spirit is still in us today. We yearn to be independent and fulfilled and free. For those who have reached the plateau of home ownership, the feeling of independence is very rewarding. It is also the open door to power ownership. The benefits of owning Solar PV are instantaneous; you may not know it, but having solar energy helps: • Keep America energy independent by reducing utility consumption. • It prolongs the life of all your appliances (and in the case of a grid tied system, your neighbors too. That’s right, your extraordinarily clean sine wave electricity leaves your home and then on to your immediate neighbors. Remember that at the next block party). • Makes your home sell 20% faster when it comes time and increases the value of your home an average of 17% above market value.* • Reduces your environmental footprint. • Performance is guaranteed. Solar panel manufacturers include a 20 to 25 year warranty (aka., a performance guarantee) with their solar panels. The industry standard guarantees 80% performance after 25 years. However new tests reveal an 80% performance after 50 years. That’s astonishingly good. That’s just the tip of an enormous iceberg of benefits. Above all, owning your power brings you the happiness that comes from having the liberty to be independent. That’s as American as you can get. *study conducted by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY • Save thousands of dollars! Money NOT spent on electricity is money in your pocket. Most homes save well over $100 per month. Extend that out to just the warranty period of 25 years and you will have saved $36,000. JULY 2016 • Along with battery backup; keeps you on when everyone else is in the dark. 29