Westmark Construction cares about the environment and is always looking for ways to reduce utility use & carbon footprints. As solar power becomes an increasingly important component of the country’s “energy mix,” it’s worth taking a look at five major benefits of solar power.
1. Less Public Utilities
Solar power users gain a measure of independence from their utilities. Even if their solar panels don’t produce all of the power that they need on a daily basis, they’ll need to buy less conventional power. If they produce more power than they require, their utilities may actually pay them for it at a fluctuating wholesale rate. For cash-strapped homeowners, this can turn into a significant source of revenue.
2. Tax Incentives
Generous subsidies may be available for businesses as well as homeowners. Generally speaking, these incentives allow solar power users to claim tax credits in proportion to the amount of generation capacity that they install on their property. This reduces solar power start-up costs and increases the profitability of the technology.
3. Minimal Environmental Impact
Although the production of solar panels does require some inputs of raw materials and energy, solar power’s environmental impact is minimal. The technology produces none of the carbon, methane or particulate emissions that fossil fuels emit, and it doesn’t demand large-scale mining or drilling operations. Since panel arrays can be placed on rooftops or in isolated desert areas, solar power’s physical footprint is manageable as well.
4. More Jobs
The solar power industry has resulted in the creation of tens of thousands of jobs in the last decade alone. Although proponents of conventional energy technologies argue that the solar industry destroys more fossil fuel-related jobs than it creates, this is a misleading claim. After all, solar panel production is just a small facet of an overall industry that demands contributions from installation technicians, salespeople, battery-storage designers and other key players.
5. Self Reliance
Since the dawn of the fossil fuel age, reliance on unstable or hostile countries to supply oil, gas and other energy resources has caused plenty of trouble. Since all of the solar power that we need can be generated within the country’s own borders, the technology has the potential to eliminate this less-than-ideal reliance. In the long run, such a development could increase the economic and physical security of every citizen.
In the future, solar power will have a lasting and overwhelmingly positive impact on our society.
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If you think green as we do at Westmark Construction, you will love that we have implemented using rain barrels in several of our developments. We feel the benefits help your pocket book, your gardens and environment. Below you will see why.
Rain barrels save homeowners money on their water bills. Garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer. By using rain barrels, homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season. Half-inch of rain fills a typical 50- to 55-gallon rain barrel so connecting multiple barrels maximizes rain capture and the possibilities are endless. Rain barrels provide a free water source for irrigation and ease reliance on the city’s water supply.
Healthy Plants and Soil
Tap water contains inorganic ions and fluoride compounds that accumulate in the soil over time and potentially harm plant roots and microorganisms in the soil. Rainwater does not contain the same additives found in tap water. It benefits plants in your garden by cleaning the soil of salt buildup, thereby promoting an environment conducive to root development.
Reduction of Runoff
Rain barrels help reduce the flow of storm runoff. When it rains, runoff picks up soil, fertilizer, oil, pesticides and other contaminants from hard surfaces and landscapes. Storm runoff is not treated and flows directly into streams, lakes and other bodies of water nearby. Runoff fertilizers increase algae growth in lakes, and excess soil alters the habitat for fish. Bacteria can even make lakes and oceans dangerous for recreational activities. Rain barrels capture water that would have swept over a paved surface or lawn, thereby minimizing runoff pollutants.
Building 5 is well under way. Here are some photos …
This week has been a big one for Westmark for a couple different reasons. First, we are now working with the powerhouse Nanaimo-based Marketing firm, Urban Trending, to launch a new Westmark website. The website’s main added feature is a page that allows us to be completely transparent with current customers. All of the information on their project will be available here. We are very excited to launch and share with you all!
Second, we have officially started Phase II of Pacific Station! Keep it here for updates and photos of the progress. Phase 2 now selling, Own Your Future Now!!
Photo update numero uno:
Business in Vancouver’s most discussed Real Estate and Development article this week was discussing how to purchase commercial property. The article sites development plans, zoning and allowable use, environmental issues, financial position, & market conditions as some of the most relevant variables used in the decision making process.
One of the most stressed points in the article is built around the opportunity that buying offers to retirement planning. Owning your property can often be less costly on a monthly basis than leasing AND will “create a lump sum available for retirement.” If the choice is made not to sell the property, leasing the space out after retirement can give your golden years that added punch.
Read the article here: http://ow.ly/uJeob
With Phase I finished and over 75% sold, it is time to start on the next phase of the master plan. Take a look at what Pacific Station will look like when it’s all said and done!