Many of us look to the stars to inspire us when it comes to living our best lives. Some celebrities are all about the flash and start fads that rarely last longer than a season. Others are set on making a lasting difference in the world, and use their influence to inspire us to do the same. Well-known personalities such as tech-trailblazer Elon Musk have been very outspoken about how technology can help us to protect the future. In Hollywood, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio have also been making headlines with how they are saving the planet.
Solar energy is one of the ways in which these pro-earth stars are minimising their carbon footprint. It is clean, renewable energy that is produced by the sun. Through solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, households and businesses can use it to power themselves independently from the government-owned electricity grid. Solar energy will be here for as long as the sun is shining, and most of us can generate our own at home.
As an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels, solar energy can help us to conserve the planet and save money. In fact, as part of an efficient, integrated home energy system, solar energy solutions could help cut a household’s monthly electricity bill by as much as 70%.
International solar stars
To inspire you, here are a few stars that are utilising the sun to power their households:
The world’s favourite on-screen pirate owns an island in real life that is fully powered by a solar-hydrogen energy system. This planet-friendly, self-sufficient piece of paradise is situated in the Bahamas and utilises an energy solution designed by renewable energy trailblazer, Mike Strizki.
Johnny Depp’s private, solar-powered island in the Bahamas. Image: www.pulseday.com
Leonardo DiCaprio is very vocal about the reality of climate change, even speaking out against it in his 2016 Oscars acceptance speech. In that same year, he co-produced a documentary in which he explores the devastating effects of climate change and looks at possible solutions. (The full documentary can be viewed for free here.) He regards renewable energy as a way to help heal the planet. Not only does his home sport solar PV panels, but he used the sun’s energy to power the set of his 2010 movie, Inception. DiCaprio has also produced a documentary called Catching the Sun, which unpacks the economic and environmental benefits of going solar.
The Fight Club actor is an environmental champion. He not only uses solar power to keep the lights on in his own home, but it was his bright idea to help low-income families do the same through the BP Solar Neighbors programme. The programme donates a home solar solution to a low-income family for every celebrity purchase.
The Pretty Woman star is more than a pretty face. Her environmental consciousness is inspiring and her eco-friendly home something to aspire to: It is not only powered by the sun, but built with wood sourced from sustainably managed forests and the bathrooms are fitted with recycled tiles.
Famous for his role as 007, Pierce Brosnan is an agent for environmental change. His efforts have been recognised by America’s National Environmental Hall of Fame, which honours top environmentalists. He produces his own clean power at home through solar PV and even has an energy-savvy toaster that is powered by an exercise bike.
Cate Blanchett is a staunch solar supporter both at home and at work. As Co-Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, she supported the installation of over
1 900 solar panels on the theatre’s roof in 2010. At the time, it was Australia’s second-largest solar power system.
Leading the way locally
Wimpie van der Sandt
In February 2017, Bokradio’s breakfast show presenter, Wimpie van der Sandt, made his home in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs more energy-efficient. He installed an integrated home energy system from Energy Partners Home Solutions, which has helped him to save close to R20 000 on electricity to date. His home energy solution comprises efficient water heating, solar PV and Energy Partners Home Solutions’ state-of-the-art Icon™ battery/inverter combo.
Become a solar superstar
You, too, can go green and save on electricity in your household: Thanks to ever-improving technology, it is now more affordable and simpler than ever before to power yourself with the sun.
To find out more about Energy Partners Home Solutions’ modular energy solutions that suit your budget and lifestyle, contact us today for a free, no-obligation home energy assessment. Visit www.poweryourself.co.za or call 0861 000 606.