One of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century is to limit humanity’s carbon footprint in the world. While a lot of us couldn’t agree more, not everyone knows how to exactly help in this cause. I own a bar and I would not exactly say that I am completely informed on the matter. The only thing I really know is that I had to increase the flood guards of the bar almost every year. Something is changing for the worse and I would not feel comfortable at all not doing anything.

The first thought that came to mind was to try and recycle all the cups and bottles that we use but with how little my operation is, I would probably do more harm than good. My next option was to limit the bar’s reliance on coal and other fuels that spew carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. It is too bad that our state, and country for that matter, has not banned fossil fuel yet for electricity generation but I knew there was still something that I could do and so I did.

My great solution was to install solar panels as reserve power, or even perhaps become the main source in the future. I had to close the bar for a few days, but I really did not know how much benefit I would gain from owning my own power source. 

A few weeks later a major storm hit and we did not have to close the bar when power was out since the reserve power source was set up. While all of the nearby bars and restaurants lost power, our frozen food would not have to go to waste, like theirs. Luckily, one of our loyal customers owns a solar panel installation company and hooked us up. We’re proud to say that we’re reducing our footprint, while also safeguarding our business at the same time.