16 reasons why the sun should be your valentine

Alternative Energy

Love is in the air…ah. Valentine ’s Day is a great reminder to let the people we care about know how we feel. As we run from store to store collecting chocolates, flowers, and cards, we thought this holiday would be a great opportunity to profess our love for the sun.

Unfortunately, our sonnet writing skills would make William Shakespeare roll in his grave.  Instead, we decided to create a list of all the reasons that the sun should be your Valentine this year. The best part, you don’t have to spend a dime to show your affection for it when you lease your solar home installation.

  1. The sun can create energy. Thanks to the sun’s awesome powers we can turn those rays into energy to power our homes, cars, flashlights and more.
  2. Vitamin D, anyone? We need the sun to allow us to synthesize vitamin D which can protect us from osteoporosis and heart disease.
  3. Plants need the sun for photosynthesis which allows them to make their food, suck nasty carbon from the air, and create a little food for us and it is wise to also teach your kinds on this.
  4. Sunlight is needed to create beautiful coral reefs. The sun nourished the algae that the coral eats.
  5. The sun heats the planet. Researchers believe that without the sun our temperature would drop to 0F in less than a week.
  6. Without the sun the Earth would float off into space. Thank goodness we’re tethered to our valentine.
  7. The sun creates weather. For example, the sun soaks up water to create rain and clouds.
  8. Without the sun there wouldn’t be any rainbows and that would be tragic.
  9. Without the sun we would run out of oxygen. The sun nourishes plants that convert carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen.
  10. UV light that comes from the sun encourages the production of the p53 protein that can help guard against skin cancer.
  11. The sun is great for keeping a cheerful-happy disposition. Studies show that people who may not get enough exposure to the sun can get season affective disorder.
  12. The sun acts as a natural alarm clock. Our body’s circadian rhythms are based on the sun rising and setting.
  13. The sun can be used to slow the growth and destroy some bacteria and germs through its UV rays.
  14. Fossil fuels were once plants that were nourished by the sun. Therefore, no sun would mean no oil or coal.
  15. New studies show that sunlight may play a role in lowering your blood pressure.
  16. Let’s not forget that special little glow that the sun gives our skin which makes us look and feel just a tad more attractive.

It’s easy to see why loving the sun is a good thing. As you finalize your Valentine’s plans consider adding a picnic or a walk. You can give the sun a silent nod in appreciation as you woo your sweetheart.

Why “spring forward” really bugs us

The weather is not yet starting to warm up (yes, even Atlanta it’s still cold and it hasn’t been so long since we also had two inches of snow), but soon, the birds will be chirping and the sun is setting a little later each day already. Which can only mean one thing: daylight saving is around the corner. On Sunday, March 11, Americans will collectively groan at losing that coveted hour of sleep, while at the same time rejoicing over 60 minutes of extra sunshine.

But why do we “spring forward” each year?

The modern Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first introduced by an entomologist, or glorified bug collector, named George Vernon Hudson in the late 1800s. Fed up with dusk interfering with his bug studies, Hudson proposed shifting the clock forward to a group of scientists in New Zealand. The guy literally proposed time travel so he could beef up his insect collection.

Fast forward a century to the energy crises of the 1970s. During this time of instability, the U.S. widely adopted Daylight Saving in an effort to curb energy use in American homes. Because 25 percent of the electricity used in the average home is for lighting and small appliances, families cut back on costs by turning off the lights and spending more time outside. In fact, studies by the U.S. Department of Energy have found that extended daylight saving time saved 1.3 terawatt hours of electricity, reducing annual U.S. electricity consumption by .03 percent.

Cutting electricity usage and longer days are great excuses to celebrate the power of the sun.

And it’s a great reason to take that extra hour of sunlight to research how putting solar on your roof can not only generate clean energy at an affordable rate but save you money on your monthly electricity bill. In fact, it won’t even take you an hour, but just a few minutes. And we can thank a bug collector for that.