The world lives on Facebook (yeah, that’s a link to our Facebook page, by the way). That’s what they tell us, at least, since Facebook is now the #1 website on the internet (in terms of total hours spent there).
Believe it or not, though, up until this week, no residential solar energy monitoring company provided an easy way for you to share your solar power system’s performance with your friends and family.
However, SunReports, “the market leader in residential solar energy monitoring for both solar PV and solar hot water systems,” has just announced that it is offering such a service.
“Unfortunately, solar owners usually don’t have much of a chance to talk about their solar energy systems with more than a few neighbors,” said Thomas Dinkel, CEO of SunReports. “This tool changes that. Now, people can share – and yes, even show off – their commitment to green energy with Facebook’s 700 million users.”
Why is This Important?
Studies have shown that when it comes to solar power (and many things), people are heavily influenced by what others are doing, be it neighbors, friends, or “Facebook friends.” Providing easier sharing and boasting of solar energy system performance (and all the savings that come with that) for solar users could help hasten a broader societal transition towards solar power.
This also helps businesses who want to do the right thing and get an increase in business for it.
“As a business owner, this makes my solar energy system many times more valuable than before,” said Alex Winch, owner of Toronto’s Beach Solar Laundromat. “Now we can broadcast our commitment to solar energy to our community in a clear, understandable way. I think this is going to translate to a lot of new customers for us. ”
SunReports Facebook Sharing Details
“SunReports customers who opt into the Facebook tool can choose how frequently to post their energy data onto their Facebook Wall: daily, weekly, or monthly. These “Energy Performance Updates” include energy equivalents to make their data more intuitive, for example equating solar energy created to miles driven in a car or tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided.”
If you sign up for this, please let us know! Would love to have some follow-up information from users and maybe even a follow-up post from one or more of you on this!
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