Using solar energy can strengthen both your wallet and the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint may not seem like a major contribution, but can have a major positive impact on the atmosphere. Here are a few ways that solar energy can help to save the planet.
In 2018, American utilities produced 4.17 trillion kilowatthours (kWh). About 64% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels, such as coal and gas. Fossil fuels are expensive and harmful to the natural world. In contrast, solar energy is free and easily plentiful–we could power the entire world for one year if we could capture all the sunlight that shines on Earth for just one hour!
Solar power generation can significantly reduce the harmful biproducts of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide. The build-up of gases leads to rising global temperatures, which in turn impact each type of climate. By going solar, you can reduce the demand for fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate your carbon footprint. One home powered by solar panels can have a tangible impact on the world around you.
Photovoltaic silicon cells don’t need water to operate. Most manufacturing processes need water for production, but not solar panels. Converting to this energy efficient form of power doesn’t strain or pollute local water supplies.
The maximum water needed for producing solar is less than is needed to power conventional sources of electricity. Older energy utilities like nuclear, natural gas, and coal-fired plants all require cooling water. To convert solar into power, local water reserves use little H2O.
Fossil fuels are non-renewable. According to the Electric Information Administration, the world energy demand is to rise by about 47%, or 1.2% a year, between 2018 and 2050. Fossil fuels will eventually disappear, and the cost of finding and extracting them will become too expensive for our global population. If we do not adjust, it may become impossible to repair the resulting damage to our climate and natural resources.
However, the future looks hopeful. Demand for renewable energy including solar will increase by 166% by 2050. Solar energy will grow at an 8.4% annual rate. By 2050, solar power’s share in renewable energy will jump from 21% to 38%. The outlook may seem distant but going solar is the best way to protect yourself from the threat of decreasing resources.
Going solar and supporting sustainable energy efforts is the first step on the long path to save the Earth. It’s one of the few investments in home improvement that has an immediate and tangible environmental impact while simultaneously putting money back into your wallet. Contact us to get started today!