US Solar - October 2018

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OUR 2 -Y EAR ANN I V E R SARY SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

O ur two-year anniversary was last month, on Sept. 15. Looking back and seeing how far my business has come since then fills me with pride and gratitude. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I amnow if it weren’t for

The vision we have at US Solar reflects on our staff and the work we do for each of our customers.“On a day-to-day basis, there’s a sense that we’re working toward a grand, achievable vision,”Desiree says.“I proudly see us making strides toward it every day, making it a reality. My job gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives and on the environment. My job is something that gives me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction on a personal level.” KyleWalker, another hardworking and dedicated teammember at US Solar, was impacted by our vision as well.“The compassion and sincere desire to ensure that the customer is always getting the best quality products and unparalleled service is what made my decision to join US Solar,”he explains. “The best moments of my job are working alongside the founder and leader of our US Solar team. I witness the dedication and commitment he evokes in every one of us! The fact that we can accomplish all of our goals and still have fun at the same time is incredible. Our team is awesome!” With all the time and effort we place on giving the best we can to our community, I make sure the same is put towardmy team. A teammade of such remarkable people— like Desiree and Kyle, who are passionate about giving back to the community— is what we’re all about. I want to take the time to thank everyone who has helped us reach this two-year anniversary so successfully. Thanks to all our current customers who believe in us and who have helped our local company thrive in just two years. By supporting your local companies, you are supporting your community and your local economy, providing local jobs for your neighbors.

the people who were there to support me, includingmy amazing staff. As the years have gone by, the team at US Solar has grown stronger and larger, and I couldn’t be happier with the people who are now part of my great team. When US Solar first started, it was with only one person, and nowwe’ve grown to nearly 20 members. I didn’t know howmy business would turn out when the idea first formed inmy mind. Most of the time, that’s one of the most significant deterrents that prevents people frombecoming future business owners— taking that initial jump into the unknown. I’mpleased that after two years, I’m standing where I am. I’ve met many remarkable people, and I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t decided to followmy intuition. We’ve always had a teamof fantastic individuals. We’ve had people come and go, like many businesses, but I’ve seenmuchmore growth than loss over the years. I believe a lot of this is because of howmuch energy we put into our work both in and out of the office. It’s thanks to each person I work with that this is possible. Desiree was a local US Solar customer before deciding she wanted to work for the company.“I saw first-hand the way the company was detail-oriented throughout the entire process,”she explains.“It made me want to be part of the US Solar family. And I’mpicking up different and exciting skills every day, which will helpme for years to come.”

Thank you for your continued support!

–Seann Gates

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I T ’ S A NO- BRA INER!

A LOV E LY N I GH T FOR A RUN SHOULD YOU GO FOR A RUN AFTER DARK? Have you ever been driving home after dark and seen someone jogging on the side of the road? You might have thought they were crazy for waiting until so late in the day to go for a run, but there is actually research that suggests running in the evening is better than going for a run at any other time of day. Here are a few reasons why you should save your run until you can join all the things that go bump in the night. You can hit the snooze button. Many people who run first thing in the morning find themselves pressed for time. Hitting the snooze button is not an option, and with so little time, breakfast is usually a banana on the way out the door. Moving your run to the evening means you can enjoy a more leisurely morning. Not feeling stressed out first thing in the morning can also lead to a more relaxed day. You can push yourself harder. It can be hard to get a good workout in the morning after your muscles have been still for eight hours during sleep. A study at the University of North Texas found that your body is better prepared to exercise in the evenings, since your muscles have been warming up all day. With improved muscular function and strength, you can push yourself harder and see greater improvement. You sleep better. You will obviously feel tired after a good run, so why not time it right and use this to your advantage? Research from the University of South Carolina found that people who ran before bedtime enjoyed a better night of sleep and increased energy levels when they woke up, meaning they felt more awake and better rested throughout the following day. The best time to run is honestly whenever you have time to run, but if it works with your schedule, nighttime running might provide your best workout ever. Just remember that if you do decide to save your run for after sunset, you should stay safe by wearing bright, reflective clothing, sticking to the left side of the road, and running only in well-lit, populated areas.

“It couldn’t be easier. I saw a blurb on Facebook, and I’m not a Facebooker, but I did see it there. I made the phone call, they contacted me, and I honestly thought it was going to be too expensive and not worth doing. At the end of his presentation, with the price, the installation, and all the quality products he uses, it was kind of a no-brainer for me.” – Whit Whitacre

“Electric bills have been $17 a month, $22 a month,

that sort of thing. Before that, $100 a

month would be my lowest and over $200 would be my highest. So to have a $17 bill each month is, like, wow. It’s just — it’s kind of unimaginable. Get off the fence; get the solar panels. It’s just a win-win-win-win!” – Carol

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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.

INGREDI ENTS

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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

INSTRUCT IONS

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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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WHY THERE ARE KIDS ON YOUR PORCH ASKING FOR CANDY

THE HISTORY OF TRICK-OR-TREATING

As Halloween looms and you load up your grocery cart with candy, youmay ask yourself,“Why do I provide these spooky gremlins with a sugar high

Long before there were young’uns on your porch dressed as Thanos with candy-filled pillowcases in hand, the Celts believed that Samuinmarked an overlapping of the realms of the living and the dead. To trick the spirits leaking into our world, young men donned flowing white costumes and black masks—a great disguise when ghosts were about. The Catholic Church was never a big fan of these pagan traditions, so they renamed it “All Saints’Day”and gussied it up in religious garb. By the 11th century, people were dressing up as saints, angels, and the occasional demon instead of spirits. Eventually, costumed children started tearing through town begging for food andmoney and singing a song or prayer in return—a practice called“souling.” But when did they start dressing up as Minions? Starting in the 19th century, souling turned to“guising,”which gave way to trick-or-treating inmid-20th-century America, and the costumes diversified. So put on some clownmakeup and a big smile, scoop up a handful of sweets, and scare the living daylights out of‘em—‘tis the season!

every Oct. 31, anyway?”Well, when your doorbell starts ringing around 6 p.m. this All Hallows’Eve, you can thank the Celts for this tradition of candy and costumes.

Halloween itself is a kind of mishmash of four different cultural festivals of old: two Roman fêtes, which commemorated the dead and the goddess of fruit and trees (not at the same time); the Celtic Samuin or Samhain, a new year’s party thrown at the end of our summer; and the Catholic All Saint’s Day, designed to replace Samuin and divorce it from its pagan origins.

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