The sun has many functions. For my flowers, the sun gives them the nutrients they need to develop colorfully and bloom handsomely. Recently, I figured I would turn my dream of harnessing the sun’s energy for my shop into a reality and get a solar electric system. I am so glad that I did.
Running a flower shop is fun, but costly. My energy bills were hefty because of all the electricity needed to keep the flowers at the right temperature, moisture level, etc. Installing solar panels made sense for a lot of reasons. First, the upfront cost would pay for itself within five years. When I looked at how much I’d be saving upon installation (almost 80% of my current electricity costs), it made perfect sense to move forward. Next, the money I was saving on a monthly basis could be re-invested into the store, helping me expand my business. Being in Atlanta is great. However, I would love to expand to places like Las Vegas, NV, Miami, FL or Austin, TX. Solar panels might help make that happen.
Finally, installing solar panels helped me realize that I was in this for the long haul. It may not be a glamourous job, but I love working in a flower shop. Many times in life, business owners and everyday people hesitate to do things in the present because they are unsure of the eventual outcome. Subconsciously, though, some people are not fully committed to seeing their endeavor through. Sure, lack of money is another reason some people opt out of pursuing their dreams or passion. But, what it comes down to is whether or not a person sees their investment of time, energy, or money, as a good one. Because I value my shop and am committed to being the best florist I can be, I decided to invest in solar panels. Looking at my recent electric bills, I definitely made the right choice. If you are looking for a solar installer in your area, I’d love to share where I found mine. You can find them here.