Sunshine is everywhere. It’s a natural, unlimited phenomenon that renews itself daily, making it the perfect raw material to convert into usable energy, better known as solar power.
Solar Power is one of the cleanest, most accessible, and sustainable forms of renewable energy that exists today, and solar installation is quickly becoming an international trend. Besides helping the environment, solar power is helping people around the world cut down their energy costs and even have access to electricity where previously there was none.
This green energy has all kinds of benefits – not just for your bottom line, but also for your health, and the health of the environment. Read on to discover why solar isn’t just an excellent choice for your wallet, but for the planet.
Solar Saves Water
Clean, drinkable water is one of our most precious natural resources. Quite a lot of water goes into traditional electricity production. From cooling down generators, refining fuel, or even transporting said fuel via pipelines, water is a critical ingredient in energy production, which uses millions of gallons of water each year. That’s a lot of h20 usage that could easily be avoided by switching to a cleaner, more renewable energy source.
Solar panels do not need water to create electricity, which means that more of our energy use that’s switched over to solar, the more water we’re saving for more essential, lifesaving uses later on.
Cut Out Pollution
When we’re producing electricity using fossil fuels, we’re also creating a lot of unhealthy byproducts. Harmful gasses, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are released during the production process, threatening the health of our atmosphere and pollute the very air we breathe. By switching to solar, we’re reducing our dependence on these traditional electricity sources that may create cancer-causing byproducts, thus bettering our own wellbeing.
The Clean-house Effect
These same toxic gases mentioned above aren’t just bad for our health – they’re deadly to the environment and are one of the main culprits for climate change, according to many scientists. Generating energy in a traditional fashion adds to what’s known as the greenhouse effect, which is causing our planet’s surface to warm up to temperatures higher than usual.
While many activities add up to create climate change as well, our dependence on fossil fuels is one of them. Switching to solar energy reduces the production of these harmful greenhouse gases, thus slowing down the effects of climate change.
No Transport Required
One of the things we rarely consider about traditional energy use is the number of resources we expend to transport it. Getting electricity from its producer to the suppliers to your home doesn’t just cost money, it also uses the actual electricity that you’re trying to get to power your home.
Sounds circular, confusion or wasteful to you? Well, it is. And thankfully, solar power has nothing to do with that wasteful cycle. Solar power is produced directly at the place where it’s used, meaning that nothing is lost in transport, and there will be no extra fees if you live farther away from a traditional energy plant – a win-win for everyone.
A Clean Carbon Footprint
One of the gases creating the greenhouse effect we spoke of earlier is carbon dioxide or C02. We measure our carbon footprints by the amount of C02 that is produced via our daily actions – from driving a car to buying fruit from Chile.
Most people try to take action to offset their inevitable carbon footprint by planting trees or purchasing carbon credits. However, changing your habits can also help.
Riding your bicycle to work instead of driving or opt for the train instead of taking an airplane on your next holiday are both great ways to offset your carbon footprint – as is switching your electricity source to solar energy. Solar energy production doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide, meaning that your energy use in a solar-powered home is carbon neutral.
In addition to the health and environmental benefits of going solar, there are plenty of economic benefits to make solar energy worthwhile as well. Next month, in part 2 of this 2-part series, we’ll discuss Going Solar: The Economics of Solar Energy.
Are you ready to go solar in your home? Contact the experts at New York Power Solutions. NY Power Solutions will give you an honest assessment if your home is a good fit for solar.