Wellness Central is proud to share with you the following interview with solar energy pioneer, Rush Limbaugh. In this exclusive interview, you’ll learn about the beginnings of Solar Energy and his excitement about the future of renewable energy.
Where did you get your inspiration from to start the company?
The inspiration for SOLAR came from my desire to change the way electricity is produced and delivered in this country. I saw that there wasn’t a national energy policy, and it made me wonder, why not? What is the United States’ approach to energy? Why are we so dominated by oil and coal when there are alternatives that can benefit everyone? This is how I started thinking about solar power.
Why do you think solar power is becoming more and more popular all over the world?
As I mentioned, there isn’t a national energy policy in America, and it’s unclear how much support there is for alternative energy. I believe that as people become more open-minded and aware of the benefits of alternative energy sources, solar power will become more popular and accepted.
However, until that day, we need to do everything we can to support and spread awareness about solar power.
You’ve been referred to as the father of modern sustainability, what do you think the role of the government is in terms of being a sustainable energy provider?
The role of government is to create an environment where business can thrive. If you look at successful countries like Germany, the government has actually incentivized sustainability through tax breaks and other similar programs. When the government promotes sustainability, individuals and businesses have no choice but to follow suit. As a result of this type of policy, Germany is now a world-class energy producer, and one of the most sustainable countries in the world.
In the U.S., we don’t have a similar policy in place. Instead, there is widespread opposition to anything that is considered “green.” In my opinion, we waste too much energy in this country, and the government is a major contributor to this problem. By subsidizing energy, we are essentially encouraging people to consume more energy. In the long term, this will only worsen the situation.
How do you see the future of sustainable energy in America?
In the long term, I don’t see any signs that the U.S. government will change its ways. For now, I think we should focus on individual behavior and decision-making. If we want to reduce our energy dependence, the best thing we can do is be energy-conscious and make smart decisions. This can be done by replacing energy-wasting products and appliances with more efficient models, driving less, and generating our own electricity when possible. These are all ways in which we, as individuals, can reduce our energy consumption and become more sustainable.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, invest in a solar power system. Not only will you generate your own clean energy, you will reduce your dependence on fossil fuels and become more sustainable.
Consumers can also conserve energy by purchasing quality appliances and equipment. These items have been built to reduce energy consumption and become more eco-friendly, giving you the best of both worlds – eco-friendly appliances and product design. For example, the dishwasher has a much higher efficiency rating when compared to the traditional washing machine, meaning it will use less energy and produce less waste. This is why today’s dishwashers are considered a status symbol and a sign of affluence.
Why do you think people are more receptive to sustainable energy in Europe compared to America?
In Europe, people are much more open-minded and accepting of alternative energy sources. Many have chosen to reduce their carbon footprint and transition to a more eco-friendly model. This is primarily due to Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources. The country now gets more than 90% of its electricity from renewables.
This is a big change. A few years ago, the country was almost completely dependent on nuclear power for electricity. While this was a great solution in the short term, it came with a major downside. Once the plants were built, there was no turning back. This is also one of the reasons why Germany is famous for its efficient energy consumption – it’s difficult to find products and appliances that are energy-efficient and also powerful enough to move heavy objects!
The generation of electricity through solar power is also popular in Europe. Many people see the power of the sun as a valuable resource and believe that it would be wrong to waste it. As a result, Germany has the highest number of homeowners with rooftop solar panels in Europe. A large number of these homeowners also store their energy in a battery, which they use during nighttime hours when electricity is cheaper and more available. This allows them to effectively use solar power even when the sun doesn’t shine, or when it does but the power is less than what they need. In this case, they use stored energy to create a small amount of electricity needed for the day. This is why Germany is such a powerful force in renewable energy, and why a large percentage of the country’s homes now have solar panels.
In the U.S., we haven’t come across this level of acceptance and openness yet. While some are starting to see the benefits of renewable energy, many others are still in the dark. For now, I think we should do our best to spread the word about sustainable energy and its benefits, as this will be the best way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and become more energy-conscious.