Millie HennickAugust 13, 20186970
The need for clean, renewable forms of energy has never been greater. Climate change has motivated scientists and lawmakers to analyze how the world can produce power without polluting the planet. The clear answer, for now, is solar energy. A very large number of households are choosing to install solar panels on their home or business to help lower their energy costs. By using the power that you’ve generated on your own roof, you can save hundreds each year and become less reliant on the power grid. However, solar power is also a great sustainable, green energy choice. Solar energy doesn’t only have the benefit of reducing your electricity bills; it also has wide-ranging benefits for our planet. Some of the key benefits of solar energy on the environment include:
Solar uses less water
Especially in the western part of the United States, water is one of our most precious natural resources. We live on the driest continent on the planet, and we are in danger of running out of fresh water in the future. Desalination plants are not yet efficient enough to treat large quantities of ocean water. Traditional electricity production can use thousands of gallons of water each year. Water is used for cooling generators, processing and refining fuel and transporting fuel. Generating power through solar panels, however, uses no water at all. The operation of solar photovoltaic cells doesn’t require water to generate electricity, reducing the strain on this precious resource. The only water needed is rainwater to naturally clean the panels when they get dirty. Generating energy through solar panels uses less water than traditional energy production.
Perhaps the most important role solar plays in the world are to reduce air pollution. The air we breathe affects our health and well being. Deriving electricity from fossil fuels can generate harmful carbon dioxide and methane gases that dirty the quality of the air we breathe. Breathing poor quality air daily can have negative consequences on our health. Air pollution has been linked to asthma and allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, headaches, anxiety, heart attacks and even some cancers. Using the sun to produce more of our power means progressively less harmful emissions from burning fossil fuels. Generating electricity from solar panels produces no harmful emissions, and the more homes and businesses that rely on solar power means less dangerous emissions from fossil fuels into our air.
The long-term burning of fossil fuels has led to the enhanced greenhouse effect, which is warming our earth faster than ever before. Recently, this has been linked to a number of deadly weather events, such as flooding, cyclones, storms, extreme heat, and drought. Generating electricity from solar panels produce no greenhouse gases whatsoever, and so can help to reduce the effect of climate change if used widely. With solar energy powering a home or business, there is no burning of fuel and no emissions from energy generation.
Solar power is here to stay, and the sooner you explore how much you can save, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of residential solar power. Go to HahaSmart.com and try our price checker tool. It tells you how much solar power you need, and how much you can save.
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