If you want to reduce the use of natural resources while doing something good for the environment then solar energy home systems may be right for you.Can there be a case made for the broad the use of solar energy home systems? Is it a viable alternative or is it a supplement to the power supplied to us by our utilities? Can I save money and if so will it be enough to recover the cost of installation? These are just some of the questions that are being asked even today after solar energy systems have been around for years.Here are the pros of investing in solar energy home systems.· Solar energy is renewable and available and there are at least two other forms of renewable energy that nature provides and they are water and wind. All of which appear to be equally renewable and great alternatives to fossil fuel generated power. What makes solar energy the most desirable source of renewable energy for the home is that it doesn’t require complicated delivery system or grid to provide power to your home. It’s already there!· Solar energy home systems give off no emissions. Fossil fuels release carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere. According to the EPA, traditional methods of producing electricity generating more than 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year per household. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities. The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the United States.· Solar energy home systems are scalable to meet your needs and budget. These systems can be built to provide power as a backup system for an appliance or pump, a remote utility shed, a supplement to your homes current power grid or to power your entire home. This flexibility allows you to jump right in, or experiment with different applications and/or power levels to reach your projected needs. As needs change so can you change your system. This also helps you when budgeting for a project.· Solar energy home systems save money by producing electricity without ongoing costs. The sun’s energy is free!· Solar energy home systems can be purchased and installed by a contractor or assemble and installed by a homeowner. Similar quality levels can be achieved with either choice.· There are tax credits available for qualified installations.Here are the cons that might make you want to modify or hold off on purchasing solar energy home systems.· Solar energy home systems initial cost can be high. To install a whole home system is a similar investment to remodeling the kitchen so you have to be in a situation where you can get a return on your investment. Initial cash outlay can easily be over $20,000 for an entire home. Significantly less if you’re a do-it-yourselfer and have time to dedicate to the project.· Tax credits are not available on homemade solar panel systems.· Location matters and affects your final cost. A home located in the Sun Belt will collect twice the energy in one day of the same panel located in New England as an example. Climate conditions such as cloud cover and hours of daylight or shade need to be taken into consideration on calculating system needs.· Solar energy home systems cannot collect energy at night. This is less of an issue if your plan is to supplement an existing power supply but if you have a more ambitious solar energy plan you will need to have storage for the energy to carry you through the night.Conclusion: If money is no object or you are willing to build it yourself with a guide; or have a desire to make a difference by reducing your impact on the environment you really have no choice. You can take a big step in and attempt to replace the traditional system or scale it back to provide you with a backup system or supplemental system. All of which can help you meet your goal. For everyone else, maybe waiting a year or two will make a difference. As technology improves, two things tend to happen. The product gets better and more efficient and shortly after the price comes down as innovation and efficiencies gained momentum. Either way I think this renewable source of energy is here to stay.
Yet again, I am inspired to write about something that happened in a healing session with one of my clients last week. It very nicely illustrates how energy healing works, and how energy is experienced and perceived by different people.In the case taking part of the session, Marianne (name changed) was talking about her ex-partner, and how she still seemed unable to completely let go of him. She told me that as she brought him to mind and talked in more detail about some of the things she still feels about him, she could feel an ache in her sacral area. This ache is very familiar to her – and she described it also as a kind of longing.In the hands on healing session, when I started to work on this area of her body, I could feel the pain in my hands. Generally, I don’t see energy (I’m open to the possibility of that changing in the future!) – rather, I can feel in my hands that there is pain, or an ache, or held in emotions from the past. Or another way I can tell that there is stuck energy is through feeling it in my own body. So, sometimes if a client has energy ready to be released in his solar plexus area, I will feel that in my own solar plexus, or if a client has a headache, I may also experience pain in my own head.As we continued working, the energy that my client could feel began to change. It moved to different parts of her body, and also changed shape. This is very common when we begin to pay attention to energy within the body: it is often not static. Marianne, at my invitation, began to say things to her ex-partner that she hadn’t been able to say at the time, and which she needed to let go of. As she spoke, the stuck energy began to leave her body.Finally, she was left with a “remainder” of energy that she felt predated the ex-partner. Often, these energies can come to us at a time when we are in danger and in need of protection. So, they may come in to make us feel safe, perhaps stopping us from fully feeling difficult emotions. As time goes by, however, we become habituated to not fully feeling things, and we can be ready to release those energies. So, we did a simple ritual where Marianne thanked the energy for being with her, told it that she no longer needed it, and released it into the light where it would be safe.I could feel the energy changing and “lightening” in my hands. Marianne reported a sense of relief – and that she could see something “floating” out of her body – laden down with heavy suitcases, and with wings! Obviously, something she was ready to let go of!Releasing this energy from the past is immensely healing. As Marianne saw so graphically, we can be “laden” down with “stuff” (suitcases!) from the past which we no longer need. Releasing this past energy can lead to the energy flowing more freely in our energy fields and bodies – which increases our vitality and energy. It also releases us from the past, and enables us to be more fully engaged with life.If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, releasing this energy from the past is a step on the journey towards more wholeness, more vitality, more balance and more energy. It is a key part of the way that I work with people with this debilitating condition.