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If You Give a Family Solar Energy…

solar energy companies giving backEcoOutfitters.net readers with children probably know that March is National Reading Month in the U.S. In honor of this initiative, we put together this fun tale about a home that gets a solar PV installation.

Written in the spirit of Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give…” series (the most popular title is, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…”), we hope it inspires you to think about solar energy in a whole new way — and maybe gives you a giggle, too.

If you give a family solar PV panels for their home…

They’re going to have lower electric bills.

And as their electric bills drop, they’re going to want to reach the coveted “net zero,” where all they pay is a hook-up fee to stay connected to the grid.

So they’ll start turning off lights, upgrading their appliances to EnergyStar models, adding more insulation so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, and doing everything they can to conserve electricity around their home.

When they reach net zero, they’re going to want to tell their neighbors.

Then their neighbors will get solar panels, too, and soon, an eco-conscious community will begin to sprout up in that quiet suburban town.

And when that family, and their neighbors, start to see that clean, free, solar energy really does make a difference…

They’re going to start wondering what other changes could make a difference in their own carbon footprints, our country’s dependence on foreign oil, and the quality of life on this planet.

So the family will begin recycling…

Plant a garden (and a few trees)…

Bicycle instead of taking a car whenever they can…

And learn other ways to conserve.

Once they realize how much FUN conservation is, they’re going to want an electric car for days when they can’t ride their bicycles where they need to go.

And when they buy an electric car, which can be powered by clean, free, solar energy…

It’s going to remind them that they should contact their solar PV contractor to install more solar panels on their home.

– NOT the end…. –

What will your solar story be?


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A full-time freelance writer, Dawn frequently covers energy efficiency, green living, and topics like LED lighting and whole home control systems for a number of blogs and technology trade magazines. Dawn is proud to live in New York as the state vies to beat out New Jersey as the East coast top dog of solar energy and is waiting for the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate legislation to pass before installing solar panels on her Long Island home.


  1. Stephanie says:

    You’re so right, Dawn. I definitely agree that solar energy is just the beginning of a greener future – even if it is only because it will save people money which is what it takes to make them say “hey, this is really worth doing”.

    I also think solar powered/electric cars are going to become even more appealing as gas begins approaching the $5/gallon mark. Either that or bicycle sales will dramatically increase!

  2. Dawn says:

    So true about gas, Stephanie! I was just going to say “you can’t put a baby car seat on a bicycle…” but actually, you can. :) (We have a little trailer that we use for our children, ages 1 and 3.) I LOVE the idea of an electric car *and* a solar installation, so that power for the car is *completely* free and clean!!