October 23, 2016
Energy is something so basic, so primal to our way of life. It allows us to multiply our capabilities; because of energy we can do everything from cooking to advanced manufacturing in the form of 3D printing- all in the privacy of our homes! While we are well aware of the amplified capacity that is granted to us by reliable sources of energy, unbeknownst to many is that energy is also an investment.
It is one of the most untapped sources of prosperity. Consider this, a welldesigned solar photovoltaic (PV) system has an annualized rate of return on investment (ROI) of 10% ~ 14% and can yield as much as 15% per year over its lifetime. On top of all of this, the returns are independent of the state of the economy and mostly risk free. There are no mutual funds, savings accounts, CDs, stocks, or bonds that can offer this to an investor.
And the best part? It’s avaiable to all home or business owners. You do not need to be in a special group or organization. You do not need to have any particular political affiliation. You do not need to have any special connections in finance that feed you news on where the market is going or where you should move your money. You only need to tap into your local business establishment that takes advantage of 21st century PV technology to design an honest and transparent, value-generating opportunity for you. Humium is here, for you.
October 4, 2016
Bowl cuts. Scrunchies. Skorts. The year was 1999. It was the cusp of the new millennium, Y2K. Mrs. Towne, whom we all knew was really Ms. Frizzle (vital 90’s reference, look her up) gave my 5th grade class an assignment to conceptualize the world in the year 2000. Surely, a new year beginning with a 2 meant it would be twice as futuristic right? The results of our thought experiment were fantastic. Every student’s picture and description was better than the last. Flying cars, underwater houses, robots EVERYWHERE, instant food, more variations of flying cars, instant transmission, the list went on and on; if you could dream it, I guarantee, it was mentioned that day. The excitement in the room was palpable, and I remember feeling as if nothing were impossible in the future.
Flash forward to 2016, and I would bet my Limited Edition Furby that 10 year old Amaka Jr. would be disappointed at just how similar, at first glance, the world today looks to 1999. Only at the first glance though. Although, you would be hardpressed to spot cars zipping through the clouds enroute to a duplex nestled leagues in the Atlantic Ocean, technology has come quite a way. Our lives are enriched and drenched with the conveniences of technology. New advances in telecommunications, agriculture, education and energy generation move us closer to a world that could only have been imagined before. Yet with such widespread advances in varying fields, it seems as though energy generation in the US has stalled. This stall is affected on a macro and micro scale. The macro scale involves the government and its endless policies, energy companies and construction/development companies who are tied to the current and widespread use of coal. The micro scale would include you and me. Individual people and families who are waiting for macrostructures to change in order to move into a new era of energy production. For many, the biggest hurdle of ‘going solar’ is affordability, however, there are options available today that remove solar powered homes from the lofty categories with hover cars and instant transmission. And these options are growing with each passing year, according to USCUSA, the price of solar installations has dropped by 50% since 2007. Pair the dropping prices with purchasing options and government incentives and solar does not really seem so out of reach. For skeptical homeowners installing a solar system will not affect the future sale of your home. In fact, studies show that PV systems can add value to homes on the market by as much as $15,000; I call that a win-win.
It is important to note that solar power and other renewable energy sources are not a luxury or convenience. It is a necessity. Plainly speaking, renewable energy is an alternative to energy that stems from a source that will dwindle and eventually disappear. What sense is there in continuing to design our societies to rely on an energy source that not only will not exist in the future but also damages our environment? Looking at things from a financial perspective, few people would argue that it is smart to perpetually rent our homes; let us recognize that we do not have to perpetually rent our energy from a utility. We can own it by owning a solar energy system, and through it we can save a lot of money.