ATASCADERO, CA., 030118 – Mike Emrich founded Solarponics in 1975 with a single, clear mission; to install solar water heating in every compatible home on the Central Coast. Solarponics mission alone, did not clearly communicate to employees and customers exactly how Solarponics goes about achieving their mission. Thus our Vision and Commitment was added, helping guide the company in its second generation of ownership. Every employee stands behind our mission, as well as our vision and commitment statements. This is what guides our every day actions.

Our Mission is to help Central Coast residents achieve energy independence, save money, and enrich their lives. We achieve this with the highest quality service, products, integrity and respect.

Our Commitment is to continue to pursue and adopt better resource management practices; to be an educational resource on environmental stewardship, and to always do the right thing, by our neighbors, our communities, and our planet.

Our Vision is to see energy and resource management systems in and on every building and residence on the Central Coast, leading to a net-zero total resource consumption.

Our Philosophy is simple. Be kind. Live local. Work hard. Consume less. Respect others. Make positive difference every day.

Below are some suggestions, to start making a positive difference every day.

1.Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in line.

2.Pick up a piece of trash

3.Holding the door for someone.

4.Lend a hand to someone who looks like they’re struggling.

5.Offer to do yard work for an elderly person.

6.Visit a nursing home and talk to someone who’s lonely.

7.Give extra coupons away.

8.Donate your clothes you no longer wear.

9.Say “thank you” more.

10.Smile at everyone you see.

11.Listen to someone’s story.

12.Donate food to a homeless shelter.

13.Volunteer at an animal shelter.

14.Send letters to those in our military.

15.Donate your freebies.

16.Rake leaves in the Fall for someone.

17.Carry someone’s groceries.

18.Bake cookies for your local police or fire stations.

19.Compliment a stranger.

20.Donate books you will no longer read.

21.Make cards for cancer patients.

22.Take your neighbor’s trash to the curb for them.

23.Read to children.

24.Let the person behind in line you go first.

25.Offer to take someone’s shift if you’re available.

26.Pass your morning paper to someone else that would enjoy reading it.

27.Donate used luggage to foster kids.

28.Fold your roommate’s laundry for them.

29.Make an extra lunch for a homeless person.

30.Ask someone how their day is going and genuinely listen to their response.

31.Help someone struggling to reach something on the top shelf.

32.Fix your neighbor a meal.

33.Donate blankets to a shelter.

34.Scrape the ice off the other cars in your driveway.

35.Leave a nice note on someone’s car.

36.Acknoewledge a homeless person.

37.Offer a ride to someone who doesn’t have a car.

38.Bring coffee and donuts to work.

39.Compliment a parent on their children.

40.If you see a parking meter about to expire put a quarter in it.

41.Introduce yourself to your new neighbors.

42.Don’t interrupt someone while they’re speaking.

43.Buy lemonade from a little kid’s lemonade stand.

44.Email someone who you haven’t talked to in a while who made a difference in your life.

45.Let someone in your lane.

46.Forgive someone.

47.Buy your friend who’s going through a break up flowers.

48.Give someone a hug.

49.Donate your old glasses.

50.Cheer someone on.

51.Text someone you know is going through a hard time.

52.Let someone else have the closer parking spot.

53.Make all your friends feel included.

54.Pay the toll for the person behind you.

55.Share articles your friends write.

56.Give someone a tissue who’s crying.

57.Play board games with a senior citizen.

58.Hold the elevator.

59.Tell someone all the things you love about them.

60.Say hi to a janitor.

61.Talk to someone who often gets ignored.
Offer someone your seat.

63.Switch someone’s laundry over for them at the laundry mat.

64.Text someone good morning or good night.

65.Walk someone’s dog for them.

66.Offer to drive.

67.Donate the extra dollar to whatever the cause is.

68.Encourage someone.

69.Offer someone your last piece of gum.

70.Wash someone’s windshield.

71.Offer gas money without being asked.

72.Actually put your grocery cart away in the lot.

73.Pick up garbage you see on the side of the sidewalk.

74.Bring in new office supplies.

75.Tip someone at a place you normally wouldn’t tip.

76.Take a photo for others.

77.Allow someone to help you.


79.Don’t tell lies.

80.Share a story.

81.Learn something new and share your knowledge.


Solarponics is the Central Coast’s premiere solar energy installer, helping businesses and homeowners save money and achieve energy independence. The longest continuously owned and operated solar company in California, Solarponics is privately owned and locally operated. For more information, visit, or like them on Facebook.