Frequently Asked Questions
How will Switch it Green, Switch it Forward help low income families?
The short answer is that at no cost to the families, we are going to install solar panels and eliminate their electric bills. How we are going to achieve this is the longer answer below.
I am a trained and certified Energy Rater and LEED Professional Consultant for residential homes. Making homes green and reducing home energy costs is my business. My green consulting firm is Florida Green Home Consultants.
My first step is for my team and I to make the home as energy efficient as possible. After that, the remaining energy load can be measured, and the required solar electric system sized.
Here are the steps that we follow with each home that receives solar panels.
We inspect the home and conduct a before-and-after Home Energy Rating to identify all the reasons for the home’s high electric bills. The usual suspects and the way that we deal with them are:
Insufficient insulation – We will install adequate insulation in the walls, floor and roof.
Air leaking through the home shell – We will seal up all the leaks.
Inefficient hot water heater – We will install a solar hot water heater.
Inefficient air-conditioner – We will install a high efficiency heat pump system
While we are about it, and funds allowing, we will also improve the home’s air quality so that the homeowners will live in a healthier environment, and thereby save on medical costs related to bronchial problems. And finally, we will also include some water efficient appliances to complement electric savings with water and sewer savings.
Eliminating energy bills for low income families starts with you visiting our online green product store.
Why Wounded Veteran families?
Because I want to try to repay them for the opportunities that we all have, living and doing business in a free society because of their sacrifices.
Why would anyone want to participate and switch?
People who get involved and make a switch, do so to support the mission of Switch it Green, Switch it Forward, which is to help the planet by reducing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and simultaneously to also help low income family homeowners to eliminate their electric bills and escape from poverty.
Whether you are a small consumer of personal products, or a corporate buyer of supplies, that is prepared to switch stores, our Green Solar Fund is your opportunity to walk your talk.
You might also want to do this because of the fact that all of our products are green, which is good for all of us and the health of our planet.
Participating starts with you visiting our online green product store.
The fund will be used to install solar electric panels that will generate free, non polluting, solar energy.
Why Switch it Forward?
By switching, you will be paying something forward. This means that your action will benefit others who are in need, a good deed which is believed, will be returned to you or your loved ones.
Switching to green starts with you visiting our online green product store.
Why low income families?
Low income family homes are often much less energy efficient than more expensive homes. Energy smart construction techniques, high efficiency appliances and advanced insulating methods and materials are never considered during the building process. Sadly, the end result of this is that people who live in less expensive homes, invariably end up paying proportionately much more for energy than owners of more expensive homes, with monthly electric bills running in the many hundreds, not being uncommon at all. As the cost of energy continues to rises and the homes become older and less efficient, energy costs become a major cause of families spirally further into the cycle of poverty.
The elimination of electric bills for low income families will help them to save and build a college fund for one or more of their children to break cycle of poverty in the family. See what solar panels will mean to low income family homeowners.
Helping to lift low income families out of poverty starts with you visiting our online green product store.
What does it mean to switch?
Supporting consumers switch by simply switching stores for the products that they are already buying, to our online green product store.
How will the products that I switch to compare to those that I am currently using?
Essentially they are the same or better products, and we have hundreds to choose from. You should not have any difficulty in switching to some or even new and different products that you will be absolutely happy and satisfied with. Please visit our our online green product store to compare.
What about product prices?
You might only want to do this if the cost of our products are similar or lower than the combined cost of what you are currently paying, together with the cost of your shopping time plus your traveling-to-shop costs. Please visit our our online green product store and compare.
Will I have to pay a fee to switch?
There is no fee required to support Switch to Green, Switch it Forward.
How will my switching benefit Switch to Green, Switch it Forward and the solar fund?
Every time that you buy from our online green product store, a % of your purchase transaction is earned from Amazon.com and donated by us to our Solar Panel Fund.
How will I know that the monies in the fund will be used for their intended purposes?
All monies allocated to the fund are held in trust and accounted for by a 3rd party accounting firm, and all statements and reports are published and made available for public scrutiny. Also, we publish the name and contact details of every recipient family with a description of the solar panel system that they received as well as the financial effect that it had on their lives.
How will my referral contributions be used?
50% of all referral contributions received are donated directly to the solar fund that is managed and accounted for by a custodial third party accounting firm.
25% of the fund will be used to market the movement, and the remaining 75% will be used to eliminate the electric bills of low income family homes. All records will always be available for public scrutiny.
How will I be acknowledged for making a switch?
Your personal personal profile or business website page link will be posted on this website for all visitors to see your contribution.
Is the Switch to Green, Switch it Forward Movement a non profit organization?
No it is not. My consulting firm Florida Green Home Consultants LLC is a for profit business. Switch to Green, Switch it Forward is our voluntary effort to make a difference.
Who is behind Switch to Green, Switch it Forward?
Switch to Green, Switch it Forward was created and is run by Marius Smook and his green consulting firm, Florida Green Home Consultants LLC. Please follow this link to see more information.
What is the motivation behind Marius Smook and Florida Green Home Consultants LLC creating and running this movement?
1) For marketing exposure, as we are a for-profit business.
2) To use our training and expertise to help alleviate poverty.
3) To use our training and expertise to support the fight against climate change
Please join us by visiting our online green product store.
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