Solar Panels vs. the Ugliest Lawn Decorations of All Time
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If there’s anything you could do to kill-a-watt when it comes to clean power production, it’s opting in to ugly lawn decorations instead of a beautiful solar ground mount system.
So, without further ado, and to put the beauty of an awesome ground mount in perspective, here are the 5 ugliest lawn decorations of all time, according to us as the expert in all things awesome, solar-powered, and beneficial to society.
5. Alice in Dumber-land
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No, you’re not on drugs, but looking at the color of these pants may make you feel that way, including the fact this poor gal could’ve avoided this tragedy if there was a lifeguard on duty to tell her the pool is too short to dive head first into.
And, as the color of this figurine’s pants might suggest, you’re looking at a work of..ahem..’art’ concocted by someone who definitely was on drugs, and or a serial killer foreshadowing his next trap.
As far as our words for the figurine go, all we can say to comfort her is that since her eyes are underwater, she can’t see the atrocity of those ridiculous pants. You’re just upside-down in a bird bath one-tenth the size of your torso. Everything will be okay?
The worst part? We don’t think this is even a Halloween decoration that was removed after October 31st. It just kind of sits there all the time, continually freaking people out. And to think, a ground mount install of a solar array could’ve been used in lieu of this artistic disgrace.
4. The Front Lawn Leviathan: A Wee Bit Over the Hedge
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We can only imagine the neighborhood complaints arising from this gem of a lawn adornment. And, if any homes are for sale in the area, the realtor trying to sell the house next door or down the street can’t avoid the “What’s that in the neighbor’s lawn?” question put to him or her by the prospective homeowner.
And it’s not exactly the kind of lawn disgrace they’ll be able to justify with a “don’t worry, it’ll be gone soon,” or “fret it not,” its only temporary. All they’ll be able to say with any sense of truth is “Oh, that’s just an insane guy who thinks his front lawn looks good with a leviathan adornment on it. Don’t worry, he goes lighter on the insane decorations come Halloween and Christmas.”
That’s when the prospective homeowner will turn to the realtor and say “Sorry, we’re not in the market anymore…”
While we’re on the topic of selling real estate, it’s worth mentioning that solar panels, whether ground-mounted or installed on the roof, increase the resale value of a home.
3. Peace and Propane: An Awkward Combination
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Okay, flowers aren’t ugly. But painting them on a propane tank is like taking dog crap from your backyard and packaging it in gift wrap.
Propane isn’t the most harmful environmental downfall of our time, but it is a combustible item that produce greenhouse gases and other harmful particulate matters, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and methane.
That’s why shrouding it in artistry reminiscent of the Garden of Eden maybe isn’t the greatest or most logically consistent lawn prop idea. Solar panels don’t rely on combustible energy production, but rather take the most natural resource of all (the sun) and convert the alternating current of the light into a direct current, feeding energy into homes for a lower-than-average cost.
Again, a ground mount solar system is a much better adornment for the front yard.
2. 1,000,000 mg of Prozac
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Prescription medication has its place in the world, but that place definitely isn’t a front lawn. One has to ask whether this person is just a huge fan of Prozac, being paid to advertise it on their front lawn? In the latter of these two cases, the homeowner (and advertiser) must be pretty desperate for money.
The good news is that even if you’re desperate enough for cash to advertise prescription medication on your front lawn, you can still probably qualify for solar financing on a solar ground mount if you’re credit rating is workable, enthroning your front lawn as the most economically, socially and environmentally responsible one in the neighborhood
1. Jabba the Hutt: Not Even Close to Looking as Good as a Solar Ground Mount System
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We have nothing against Jabba the Hutt. But no matter how awesome something looks, chances are it will look out of place on a front lawn, where only a ground mount solar system and freshly cut green grass will look fitting.
George Lucas spent plenty of time with writers and storytellers crafting the Jabba the Hut character. When a regular civilian tries to reproduce the character out of context, it just doesn’t work (unless you get the whole Star Wars creative team to help you make it look better).
That’s why this horrendous creation sheds light on why the adage “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” is only true if the person’s sanity is intact. Most DIY projects, including DIY solar, for this reason, are not worth engaging in. Sometimes if you want something done right, you need to let someone (or a group of people) with the expertise necessary to get the job done in a professional fashion to do it for you.
This is what a solar ground mount system looks like. Much better, right?
A solar ground mount system is a way for homeowners interested in solar to gain the benefits of solar power without having solar panels installed on their roofs, as displayed in the feature image for this article.
A ground mount is just as efficient and beneficial for homeowners as having a solar array installed atop one’s roof, but it is less conventional and accounts for a smaller percentage of installs than traditional rooftop solar.
When solar prospects need a ground mount, it’s because their roofs aren’t positioned at an angle that will effectively absorb sunlight through the panels, the roof doesn’t face south, or the roof is obstructed by common rooftop fixtures, such as chimneys or skylights.
If you want to take a vow against terrible lawn decorations and save money on your power bills forever, schedule a free phone consultation with one of our expert solar consultants.