Of course there is a lot you can do on your own. But sometimes we need people in power to mandate change.
Take the story of a homeowner in Texas who installed solar panels on his home.
Texas has lots of sunny days, so this man decided to take advantage of his large roof area and install solar panels. He went through all the appropriate channels. He had the solar panels professionally installed. He made sure his meter was calculating the kilowatt hours of energy being captured on his roof.
The next summer, in the middle of 68 days of no rain, all sun, he got an electric bill for $700.
There was a breakdown in communication somewhere between the company that sold the panels, the installation company, the utility company, and the company that manages the connection from solar panels to the grid.
Four private companies (utilities in Texas are privately held, not government-owned) had to work together. They failed.
A systemic change in the way Texas manages electricity could have made the process smoother (and less costly to the individual).
What systems would you change to support your individual actions?
Write a letter or make a call and ask for change today.