Health & Environment Benefits of Solar
Homeowners & utilities are choosing solar energy at a faster rate than ever before in the United States. The explosive growth of solar power is partly a result of the falling cost of solar panels. Rebates & Incentives have also contributed to the United States’ biggest year ever for solar. But decreasing costs are one of the many benefits of solar energy. You can also improve your health and protect the environment by reducing your reliance on fossil fuels by installing solar at your home or business.
Environmental Benefits of Solar
Solar panels create clean, renewable power from the sun and benefit the environment in a big way. Alternatives to fossil fuels reduce carbon footprint at home and abroad, reducing greenhouse gases around the globe. Solar is known to have a favorable impact on the environment.
Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. comes from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. Extracting and using fossil fuels is expensive and very harmful to the planet. In contrast, solar energy is readily abundant – if we could capture all of the sun’s energy shining on the Earth for just one hour, we could power the entire world for one year!
By choosing solar energy, you can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of one of the most abundant, and consistent sources of energy we have available: our sun.
Solar Decreases Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Generating electricity with solar panels instead of fossil fuels can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2). Greenhouse gases, which are produced when fossil fuels are burned, lead to rising global temperatures and climate change. Climate change already contributes to serious environmental and public health issues in the Northeast, including extreme weather events, our rising sea levels, and ecosystem changes.
By going solar, you can reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and shrink your carbon footprint. One home installing solar can have a measurable effect on the environment. According to the U.S. Energy information Administration, the average home with solar in Connecticut uses 8,288 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. Switching from fossil fuels to solar power in the state has the same emissions reduction effect as planting around 150 trees every year.
In New York, the average home uses 7,248 kWh of electricity annually. Choosing a clean source of electricity like solar can eliminate the same amount of carbon emissions that would result from burning over 5,000 pounds of coal each year!
Solar Reduces Respiratory & Cardio Health Issues
One of the biggest benefits of solar power is it results in very few air pollutants. An analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that widespread solar adoption would significantly reduce nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause health problems. NREL found that, among other health benefits, solar power results in fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and lost workdays related to health issues.
The benefits of solar energy are clear. Not only will you save money on your electric bills – you can also reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health of those around you. Request a virtual consultation with us today to see how solar will benefit you and your family in a major way!