UNDERSTANDING ENERGY IN FLORIDA
WHAT THE UT I L I TY COMPANI ES ARE KEEPING FROM YOU
When you move into a home, you don’t have a lot of options for your electrical provider. With electricity, you don’t have many choices if you’re going to purchase it from a public utility. Ultimately, there are three ways you can go — total reliance on public utility, being less dependent on it by going on a self-sufficient solar energy system, or completely remove yourself from it by making a self-sufficient home through the use of a solar energy system. As a homeowner, when you’re forced to use a single utility company as your power source, you become 100 percent indebted to their rates. These rates have increased 20 percent over the past 10 years and will continue to do so in the following years. This is due to how much time and effort is put into creating electricity. According to the Energy Information Association, 87 percent of electricity generated and consumed in Florida is created by using fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, and through nuclear technology. It takes a lot of
The utility companies see the writing on the wall regarding solar energy — they know it will be the power source to put them out of business. Today, consumers have a choice for how electricity is generated to operate their homes. Solar energy is the disruptive force to electrical monopolies. The companies are doing their best to keep you in the dark about alternative power, such as solar energy. Part of their effort has been to keep the cost of solar energy to the consumer out of reach financially. However, with advancements in solar technology, consumer education efforts — like those at US Solar — and financial opportunities now available, more consumers are taking control of their electrical costs. We’re fortunate in Florida to have sun for the majority of the year. The sun provides us with a virtually endless and sustainable source of energy, and technology now exists for almost every homeowner to take advantage of it. Solar power supplies consumers with a clean and carbon-free footprint and virtually free electricity.
technology, equipment, and people to keep the system supplying over 20.9 million people, which is the current population of Florida.
PALEO PUMPKIN COCONUT SMOOTHI E
This meal-in-a-glass smoothie will cure your craving for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s packed with nutrients and fall flavor. If you’re the type of person who uses your blender more than your pots and pans, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your rotation.
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup organic pumpkin purée
• 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or substitute with cinnamon and ginger) • 1 frozen banana, sliced • 1 cup ice
In a blender, combine all ingredients.
Blend on high or on smoothie setting until smooth.
3. Transfer to a cold glass, garnish with pumpkin pie spice, and serve.
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