Let’s focus on the changes you can make today to reduce or avoid your fossil fuel use.
Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, especially solar, is about easy actions you can take today and encouraging others to do the same.
Number One? Driving!
81% of Wisconsinites drive their car alone to work and travel on average 30+ miles round-trip.
Carpool. Could you carpool with coworkers? Cut your commutes in half together!
Drive electric: Is an electric vehicle realistic for you? Used electric vehicles are pretty cheap right now!
Use mass transit. Consider taking mass transit to work.
Bike or walk. Of course in the summertime it’s always a good idea to bike or walk when possible.
Switch2Solar: Remember, you can also counter the carbon emissions produced by your monthly commute by partnering with Legacy Solar Co-op’s Switch to Solar (S2S) program.
Number Two? Heating your home!
Almost 20% of the energy Americans consume is consumed for heating where we live.
Inspect. Weatherstripping, door snakes, get rid of those drafts! Inspect your windows for tight seals.
Temperature. Try keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees in the summer and 67 degrees in the winter.
Install solar. Got a sunny lot? Consider being efficient and sustainable with a solar system on your home.
Switch2Solar: If solar isn’t an option right now, you can always counterbalance your energy use by sourcing solar renewable certificates with Legacy Solar Co-op’s S2S program. 1 sREC or 1000 kWh per month is a good medium home average, which you could subscribe to for $20 a month!
Number Three? Buying goods locally!
The United States ranks within the top three polluters when it comes to carbon pollution associated with imported goods.
Transportation. Manufacturing and shipping pollution are all part of trading imported goods. Pollution can be more extensive where there are fewer regulations when it comes to pollution. The further you drive for groceries and basic necessities, the more carbon pollution.
Walkable Communities. The more you walk to shops, frequent your local farmer’s markets, participate in a farm share/CSA, and the more we divest from fossil fuels, support our local economy, and protect our environment, the more we build a resilient system.
As you go about your day, buying locally and supporting businesses who share your ideals, supporting those like-minded businesses can lead to grassroots investments in renewable energy. Grassroots investment consist of incremental purchases and financial support for renewable projects, projects that support solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal and hydro energy generation.
As our electrical grid becomes more diverse with renewable sources, all consumers can get access to renewable energy sources, at an affordable cost and with more reliability.
Literally – more Power to the People.
At Legacy Solar Co-op we want solar energy resources to be accessible to all. When you become a member of Legacy Solar Co-op you become a part of the transition to a sustainable solar future. When you purchase low-cost solar renewable energy certificates, you counter your own carbon emissions.
Our Solar Bonds program provides a direct return on your investments in community solar projects.
Is it the right time for solar panels to be installed on your home or business? Check out our consulting services through our Solar Group Buy Program. See if your home or business is eligible today!
We look forward to being your resource for switching from fossil fuels to solar, however that transition fits for your current lifestyle and budget.
Legacy Solar Cooperative of Wisconsin is committed to assisting the growth of solar electricity through consultation, financing, and group purchases. Membership is open to individuals, non-profits, and commercial organizations.