One of the top reasons people decide to switch to solar is namely for the financial benefits that come from powering your home with clean, renewable energy. Along with the financial benefits, however, there are numerous environmental advantages of going solar. But what are these, exactly?
The Top 5 Environmental Advantages of Solar
Today, the West Coast Solar team will explore the benefits of solar for the environment. If you would like to learn more about installing custom residential solar panels on your home, we’re excited to talk with you. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us today to get started!
Clean, Renewable Energy
Solar is a fantastic way to sever your relationship with fossil fuels. Solar energy is a clean, renewable power source that is harnessed directly from the rays produced by the sun. As a renewable energy source, solar does not emit carbon (CO2) dioxide, helping to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions here in Northern California — and globally. By relying on solar to power your home and even your business, you can do your part in reducing the demand for fossil fuels that are not only expensive to extract, but also costly to use. Not only that, extracting fossil fuels is an invasive process that destroys ecosystems and is harmful to the environment.
An Abundant and Sustainable Resource
When it comes down to it, fossil fuels are a finite resource that will eventually run out as we continue using them. On the other hand, solar is not only sustainable, but it is also abundant. In fact, you’ve probably heard us mention in recent articles and videos that solar energy is now recognized as the most abundant renewable energy resource on the planet. Other sources like wind and hydropower are absolutely beneficial, but the sun is everlasting. As long as it continues to shine, the converted energy can be used and stored to power everything from home appliances and pools to smart cars, commercial buildings, public transportation, and so much more!
Decreases Water Usage
Many energy sources rely on water to help them generate electricity. From nuclear plants and hydropower facilities to coal mining operations, each uses a lot of water to produce power. This is especially problematic for communities in the American West, where water scarcity, water rights, and drought conditions are all very real and very scary issues.
On the flip side, solar panels can capture the sun’s energy and convert it into usable electricity without the use of water in the process. By relying on solar power, you can actually reduce more than just your household water consumption, but that of your community, the region, and the world. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power systems will help reduce water consumption in 36 states, which is enough to hydrate as many as 1.3 million households.
Reduces Air Pollution
Air pollution is something we are extremely familiar with here in Northern California. From massive clouds of smog that hover over our cities to those days when the air quality is at a major low, air pollution is a very real result of carbon emissions from fossil fuels. The effects of smog and air pollution can destroy environments and ecosystems, directly impacting the people and wildlife living in these areas. Unlike coal and natural gas, however, solar energy does not release any carbon dioxide into the air.
Makes the Earth a Healthier Place for Humans
As we’ve already mentioned, solar energy actually helps improve air quality simply because it’s not contributing to pollution and gas emissions. This not only helps make the air healthier, but it can also help improve the health of everyone who breathes it. A report released by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy explains that relying on clean energy that alleviates air pollution can actually reduce health care costs and may even save more than 25,000 lives.
Ready to Make the Switch?
Powering your home with solar energy is fantastic for the environment, and it’s an investment you can feel good about. If you are ready to make the switch to solar, then our dedicated team is excited to help you along the way! At West Coast Solar, we make solar simple and stress-free for you and your family. Get in touch with our Top Rated Local® solar company in Northern California to learn more about residential solar panels for your home. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to answer any questions you may have, and to walk you through the process of making the switch. Contact us today — we’re excited to hear from you!
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