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Hey, Baby. Would You Like to See My Solar Panels? 5 Reasons Why Solar Could Be Sexy for Women

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A few months back, President Obama visited a Home Depot to promote energy efficiency and said that insulation was sexy. Actually, he said and I quote, “I get really excited about it … Insulation is sexy stuff. … Here’s what’s sexy about it — saving money!”

I’m all for insulation, but that struck me as being a bit artificial.  But then I started thinking about a female solar installer friend who insists that solar really is sexy. While I don’t pretend to know the mind of any woman let alone this (married) friend, I do know that scientists have often said that women tend to seek the best mate that will protect her and her children.

With that premise in mind, here are 5 reasons why I think solar may be unconsciously sexy to women wanting to settle down.

Reason #1: A guy who has solar means you have a home and a stable income. As much as a women may be attracted to six-pack boy toys for a fling, if you’ve got solar, she knows you not only have a house, but a premium house and that you’re actually employed. Always a good start.

Reason #2: A guy who has solar is a guy who’s thinking about the future. When you’re making your moves on the dance floor and mention that you’ve got solar, you’re also telling her that you care about the environment and the future of your children and grandchildren.

Reason #3: Having solar means that you’re a smart investor. If you’ve taken the time to get a solar quote, then you’ve looked at the numbers to see whether solar has a return on your investment (It does in many states.) That may indicate to her that you’re a person who’s smart with money and can plan for retirement.

Reason #4: A guy who has solar means you can explain things and communicate. Telling her you have solar always leads to questions. How much does it cost? Does it need batteries? How long do they last?  If you can coherently explain solar, then 1) you come off smart, and 2) she may be thinking that you’ll be able to explain other complicated things in your marriage…like why were you late coming home and who you were texting at 3 am last night.

Reason #5: A guy who has solar means he can commit. Just like marriage, solar is a long term commitment. In fact, most solar systems last 25 years or longer. Again, this indicates that you can commit to a long term relationship with solar panels, so perhaps you two will last 25 years or longer too.

Now, I’m not saying “Would you like to come over and see my solar panels” is going to work at a bar, but solar does make a lot of financial sense if you live in a state with good subsidies. So, maybe Obama is right that saving money is sexy enough.

Last modified: January 21, 2010

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Don’t forget the #1 solar pick up line – “wanna come up and see my system?”

The other reason solar is sexy for women- all those cute installer guys! I could have solar installed on my house every day just to watch…

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What does it cost to light a 60 watt bulb using solar power? Sam’s Club has a 60 watt solar panel kit for $340. That doesn’t seem either smart or efficient. At $0.12 (national average cost) per kWh I can light a 60 watt bulb continuously, 24/7 for 2,833 days, or more than 7.75 years. Assuming that the solar panel installs itself for free, connects to my house electrical for free AND doesn’t require any maintenance AND lasts for 8 years, I might break even. How is solar power a good investment? Because someone can get somebody else to pay… Read more »

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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RDP, you’re right. I would never buy any solar kits from Sam’s club or any other retailer at this point except as science/educational tool or perhaps for a camping trip to charge a corresponding battery. However, I disagree with you about the technology. The technology is way there and the incentives in California are disappearing fast because of competition and the price of solar panels coming down through over supply and competition. I can’t say it’s right for every home. If you’ve got trees or a north facing roof and you live in a low subsidy state, it’s not a… Read more »

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Thanks for the comments, ladies. Please share with other girl friends and get their perspectives. I am a dude, so I was only guessing here and having a little fun, but I’m glad to see that I was fairly on target.

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Great perspective, Tor! You forgot one of the most sexy attributes in a guy is confidence. You definitely have to be confident in your decision to install solar on your home. Solar panels scream confidence and she will be thinking, “This man knows what he wants and he goes after it with gusto.”

Cheers to another great post!
Tara

LizM
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Don’t forget energy efficiency! Remember, EE is basically Viagra for PV. Take a little first and your PV system gets bigger and stronger. Huzzah!

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This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive explanation of the inner workings in a woman’s mind. At least, of my mind, but it can’t possibly be just me. How can solar *not* be sexy??
In all seriousness, even if one thinks peak oil is a myth or caring for the environment is only for dirty tree huggers, all those points make perfect sense. Tor, you rock seven flavours of awesomesauce.

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