Air pollution and solar energy

Millie HennickAugust 21, 2018 1775 0

Air pollution and solar energy

Climate change is here and is even worse than climate scientists initially believed. Evidence of dramatic melting at the polar ice caps is helping to convince climate skeptics that global warming is here today. Worldwide, environmental awareness is growing. The evident concern for the environment has driven renewable energy as the solution that will minimize the use of non-renewable resources and lessen the hazardous effects of global warming and pollution. Considering renewable resources, such as wind, tides, and waves, sunlight has the widest application in households. Solar energy is a clean and sustainable energy source that can supply the needs of any home or business while reducing its carbon footprint.  

Solar is our best option for minimizing air pollution 


Most of the world continues to have a dangerous reliance on finite fossil fuels. In addition to being finite, fossil fuels contain carbon that is released upon the burning of those fuels, disrupting the carbon balance of our planet and causing many negative impacts. This causes air pollution, among other issues, and affects the health and well-being of plants, animals, and humans. Air pollution is a preventable condition that has been proven to cause health problems like respiratory distress, brain damage, heart attacks and cancer. Switching to renewable energy will cut our carbon emissions significantly. Solar energy plays an important role in combating air pollution by producing energy with solar panels and reducing the emission of harmful greenhouse gasses. Even one household or business that has switched to solar energy can make a difference, so worldwide adoption can have a major cumulative impact.
Residential use of solar power

Homeowners around the world are installing solar power in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as to save money. Homeowners and businesses can save a sizeable amount of cash on utility bills and this helps to encourage investment in future solar technology. Solar power is most often generated through solar roofing panels. Solar panels are photovoltaic (PV) cells, a type of battery that harvests sunlight which is then transformed into electricity. That energy is sent to an inverter which then converts it into electricity. There are several types of solar systems depending on your individual situation. The usual option for a household with an average energy consumption is a 3kW solar system, while a 5kW solar system is a more appropriate solution for a household with a greater need for more power.  However, no matter the amount of energy you consume, if you choose an appropriate solar system, it will meet your daily needs not just now, but for decades to come. Another example of the residential use of solar energy is solar lighting. This type of lighting is wireless and it gathers sunlight during the day which is then used to generate electricity during the night. Although solar lighting isn’t yet as popular as solar panels, it’s gaining popularity due to its efficiency and aesthetic appeal of lighting fixtures.

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 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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