BRIGHTER LIVING: Alternate power at home
When we think of solar energy, we might imagine a whole bunch of solar panels somewhere outside in the middle of the desert. But the reality is the technology is much closer to home than you may think and it’s available right now. Solar power is gaining popularity, but one problem has been people have had very little exposure to solar-powered technology in their everyday lives. To help solve that, some Southern California Sam’s Club stores are featuring kiosks to offer solar installation for their customers. Last year, parent company Walmart launched a program to install solar panels on its store roofs to provide electricity for 22 stores. Other big companies either using or planning rooftop solar power include Staples, Frito-Lay, and Kohl’s. And with Al Gore’s recent green challenge to America to shift our entire electricity sector to carbon-free wind, solar, and geothermal power within ten years, now is a great time to look into solar power for your home, either by installing solar panels or contacting your local power company about switching to solar or other clean renewable energy. I’m Jill Cordes.