Solar panels are an amazing investment that people can make for their homes. People have started hearing more and more what a great investment residential solar panels are financially speaking, but when it hasn’t been explained to them, it just sounds like a broken record that keeps repeating that one statement over and over again. Let’s clear up what people mean when they say solar panels are a great investment.
Solar panels are a sound investment.
There are actually several different ways that solar panels are a great investment for any home, but let’s start with how you can get paid for having solar panels. Solar panels systems are designed to produce enough electricity to power the entire home, and then some. When the panels produce more energy than the home is using, the excess energy is sent to the power grid. The power company then gives you credit for the energy that you gave them that is now being used to power other homes. This credit can be applied to your account for those times that your solar panels are not producing the energy your home is demanding. This is great for those days or weeks where the sun refuses to come out from behind rain or snow clouds. Sometimes, the amount of energy you put into the power grid is less than you take out. When this happens, the power company can literally pay you for the energy that your solar panels provided to the power grid, so you are literally being paid for having solar panels that produce excess energy.
Because solar panels are such a great investment for a home by reducing the energy needed from the power company and for giving you credit to your electric bill, solar panels are seen as a great addition to your home. This means that adding solar panels to your house raises the value of your home. This is another great illustration of how solar panels are a great investment.
There are many other incentives for purchasing solar panels. One big incentive is that having solar panels provides you with a federal tax credit, a significant one at that. There are also tax rebates and other incentives that can be discussed with and explained by a solar company.
Another thing to keep in mind is the the rate of return on solar panels is great. When you purchase expensive jewelry or purchase a vehicle, the worth of that item goes down instantly. This would be a poor rate of return. Solar panels actually continue to have their rate of return go up over time. This truly makes solar panels a sound investment.
If you would like to learn more about solar panels and would like to run numbers with a company that is knowledgeable and trustworthy, talk to Lifetime Solar Solutions. They can give you a quote, help talk you through financing or payment plans, and explain all the different incentives that come as a result of having solar panels. You cannot go wrong with an investment like this.
There is a lot of information out there about how to plan parties, from weddings to retirements to graduation parties. In fact, there might be too much information to sort through. Condensing it all into one spot is the list below of the best and most common tips located across different party planning websites and blogs. Compiling these into one spot will save a lot of time and trouble later on down the road when you have to make decisions about planning your party but do not remember what website suggested such and such restaurant, or which blogger thought a certain dress designer was the most affordable when their high quality was taken into account. Below, find some of the most common helpful hints for planning your next party or event.
First, know how many people you are thinking about inviting. If it is a wedding, it could be as many as two hundred people! If it is a retirement party, it could depend on how many jobs the person has had over the years. If it is a graduation party, it is probably smaller and more local friends and family. A company picnic will be dictated by the number of employees and their significant others, and a sports team banquet determined by the number of members on the team, for example. Either way, knowing how many people you are going to have to feed makes a huge difference, so starting with that figure will help you determine how much money to spend on the next few items.
Second, think about your budget and how much you want to spend on food and drinks. This will also vary depending on the setting. If it is a group of two hundred people for a wedding, you are probably not going to be able to make your own food. You could possibly make your own desserts, but even that is probably a lot of trouble. Having a larger group catered from a barbecue restaurant such as Bennett’s can save a lot of money and hassle. Cooking for two hundred people while also trying to do the rest of the planning for the party is not worth it. Bennett’s Texas BBQ even caters dessert options as well, so you do not need to worry about trying to bake two hundred cupcakes. Get your catering from a Texas BBQ restaurant today for a surefire hit at your party.
Lastly, what about your venue? Whether you want a country wedding or a sports themed retirement party, there are dozens upon dozens of options to consider for venues. The size of the party also matters here, so having that number worked out ahead of time will also help you sort through which venues will work and which ones will not be big enough to accommodate the number of people. Sometimes, for events such as graduation parties, you might even be able to host it in your own home. It completely depends on the size and your willingness to have that many people in your home, but it can be a popular – and free – option.
I have coached the local high school girls’ swim team for several years, and every year, I get teary-eyed as we say good-bye to our senior swimmers at a banquet for the whole swim team and their family members. This year, though, we are saying good-bye to a very special senior class. They are larger than previous classes, and larger than the classes coming behind them, with nearly fifteen senior swimmers getting ready to graduate. Most of them were varsity swimmers all four years, a credit to the coaching talent that came before us, and all of them had lettered in swimming prior to their senior year. Several of them were on their way to the state championships next week as well, and we wanted a special way to honor this particular class. Our head coach was retiring with this group of seniors, and he was on the verge of crying at basically every practice. I was not sure he would even make it through the last one, but I was determined to make the banquet a special event for all of us.
Besides the usual senior gifts, such as monogrammed towels and a special framed image that the junior girls were putting together for each senior, we catered the banquet. But we wanted to do something different this year besides just the usual speeches. I searched in vain for as many ideas as I could come up with to commemorate the event, and properly send off such a special class. Finally, I had it. A friend who had recently gotten married had a rental photo booth at her wedding and she said the guests went crazy with it, taking all kinds of pictures that turned out fabulously. She said she almost preferred the photo booth rental photographs to the official wedding pictures, though she could never admit that to her mother.
As soon as she brought it up I knew I had my answer. The girls could take pictures in groups with families and coaches and teammates and we could put together a memory book for each of them for graduation. I immediately called the photo booth rental company she had used and booked one for the banquet. I was determined to surprise the girls though, so I had it delivered to the venue early and hid it behind a door. Once they started to arrive with their family members, we unveiled the photo booth and they immediately started taking pictures. There was almost no moment when it was unoccupied and I was so proud as I took pictures with my swimmers and fellow coaches. I knew we had dozens of good pictures to remember the evening and the season by, and I could not wait to put the book together after the event.
As I pored over the pictures a couple of weeks later to pick out the ones for the book, I cried for what seemed like hours. It was probably more like thirty minutes but there were so many amazing pictures and I knew I had found the right thing by which to remember this year’s team.
When Doug proposed to me last year, I was so excited to say yes and was thrilled to start planning our life together. We had been dating for several years and were starting to think about buying a house together as well, so the timing was perfect. My family loves a good party so they were all really excited to hear about the wedding, and my sisters and my mom and I got started with the wedding planning pretty early on. We had to pick a venue and a date first and foremost and that would lead us to the rest of our planning activities. Depending on the time of year, I could see a variety of different color schemes, flowers, dresses, and so on. Finally we picked a date in January, based on the availability of one of our favorite venues.
With that date in mind, I got save the dates in the mail. I started looking for my wedding dress and bridesmaid dress ideas. Doug and I picked the wedding party, and asked each of them to be in it. Once we got those initial steps taken care of, we had some time before I had to worry about flowers and a bartender and bridesmaid gifts. So we turned our attention instead to a honeymoon. We really wanted to go on the honeymoon right after the wedding, and were trying to figure out where the right place would be to go in January. We both had the vacation time but we just were not sure what our best options were. I knew I did not want to be cold on our honeymoon, so we would need to go somewhere tropical or in the southern hemisphere. We ended up soliciting ideas from friends and family and one of them really stuck out to me. A friend of mine who had done some Peru trekking of archaeological sites had always raved about her trip. I was not much into archaeology and did not want to spend an entire trip just visiting ruins, but the idea had settled into my mind.
Doug and I discussed at length. There were many other things to do in Peru besides trekking, and hiking Machu Picchu is something that everyone should probably do once in their lifetime. The weather would be right, and the price as not as expensive as flying somewhere halfway across the world in Asia. Machu Picchu trekking it was, and once we decided on that we started looking for tour guides. Eventually we landed on KB Tambo Tours and making a reservation with them. The wedding ended up being a blast, but the honeymoon was truly an experience to remember. I know I will never forget how much fun I had on my wedding day, but the days that Doug and I spent in Peru really cemented the beginning of our marriage together, and they were some of the best days I have ever spent with anyone, not just Doug. We literally were on top of the world.
Starting your own law firm or practice is a daunting task, but can be incredibly empowering. Choosing the type of law your firm will focus on, the mission of your firm, and building up your own client base is so rewarding and enriching for any lawyer. Not all of them are able to achieve getting their own practice off the ground, but those who have succeeded all share similar lessons learned and best practices from their experiences.
First, going into business on your own requires that you hire people that you like and that you trust. Just because you were friends with someone in law school does not mean you will want to work with them, but if they did have a fantastic work ethic and demonstrate a willingness to work with you, then they are certainly worth considering. Hiring the wrong people is a mistake that many firm partners made over and over again, and had to fire and hire new people in order to turn things around.
Perhaps even more important than the right staff, and the right location, is the right marketing team for you. Just because an advertising firm has a huge portfolio of companies they have worked successfully for does not mean that they are able to keep up with the unique realities of law firm SEO, for example. You want to hire the right team with a lawyer marketing specialty to help you make sure that your online marketing in particular is spot on. Good reviews can make or break a firm, and the internet is ripe for that type of information. Making sure that your website shows up high in search results is only a positive thing if your attorney website design is fresh, modern, and attractive to users who are potential clients. If they land on a website that looks like no one cares about it, they are extremely unlikely to pick up the phone and inquire about the services displayed on the website.
The firms that have been the most successful are the ones who took their online marketing very seriously, and did very smart hiring of staff who worked hard and were willing to put in the hours with the firm even when there was a delay between work and earning an actual profit. These are the types of sacrifices and skills needed to make something like this work successfully, and not everyone has what it takes to get a law firm off the ground on their own. It is an admirable effort, but one that any potential partner should think carefully about and plan carefully for before undertaking such a project. It could be a long time before any income is earned, and if online marketing is not utilized properly and early enough on, it is sure to be even longer before results are seen. If you are a lawyer considering opening your own practice, make sure you think about all of these different moving parts. You do not want to learn the hard way if you can avoid other people’s mistakes.
I live in a small town, with less than three thousand people in it. There are two grocery stores, one movie theater, a couple of small dive bars, and almost nothing to do. Most people here are farmers, with the exception of a few who drive in to the next town over for jobs as receptionists or bank tellers. Recently one of the locals got the idea to open up another bar, and he had a few different ideas about how to do it on the affordable side.
One of the first things he did was buy a steel building from General Steel, and had it assembled on a vacant lot in the main part of town. He turned one of the rooms into a pool hall, which this town has not previously had, and the other room into a dance hall, of which this town already had a couple. He was a well known and well liked guy, and for the grand opening of the bar itself, he had a decent turn out. But the folks in this town are used to their routines and to not having many options, and they quickly reverted back to their usual hangouts for any given night.
Tom is still working hard to try and get the business off the ground. He knows he has something to offer the other venues do not – a pool hall – but needs to entice people even more. Rumor has it that people did not like the General Steel building he had purchased, so he made some upgrades and painted it a new color. He worked hard at researching how to brand his bar, and how to make a name for himself from a marketing perspective. He realized quickly that he needed to change the image of what people seemed to be having trouble getting used to, the steel building supplied by General Steel.
He realized people just were not used to something new, and some people were having a hard time adapting to something new. He called up the building supplier and ordered another addition he attached to the bar, and this time he opened up a restaurant on that side. He knew how to make some of the best BBQ in town, and he figured that would attract people.
Tom was right. After the restaurant opened, people came frequently to dine, and then would often stay or move on over to the bar for a drink or a game of pool. He had realized how to get through to them with something they knew and loved while at the same time convincing them to try something new and play some pool. Tom’s has become a local legend, and he does very good business at his bar and restaurant. He plans on passing it along to his kids when they are old enough, but is thoroughly enjoying working there and managing it in the meantime. He likes that he will be leaving his mark on the town, and that he was able to successfully open a new business and get it off the ground right there in his hometown.