How Solar is Vital to the Future of Our EarthJune 5, 2019
Climate change is no longer just a topic that is discussed solely in the science community. Politicians, business leaders, and even concerned citizens at the grassroots level are talking about the harmful effects that climate change will have on our beloved planet.
Climate change and the dire warnings that were given to the United Nations last October are at the forefront of many people’s minds. Here at BlueSel, we hear from many clients who have decided to go solar not just for the savings they will experience, but in order to do their part in protecting our environment.
Let’s take a closer look at how the solar industry can help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, reduce American reliance on fossil fuels, and shrink each person’s carbon footprint. Scientists are putting the word out that it is each person’s individual responsibility to do what they can in this struggle to stop the planet from heating up over the 1.5-degree threshold as discussed the in the United Nations report last year. Here are three ways that solar energy is vital to the collective human fight against global warming.
Solar Decreases Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Solar energy is renewable, clean, and can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, trap heat in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and oil.
While some greenhouse gases are needed to keep the Earth warm enough to protect life from the cold of space, too much can cause overheating, which can result in catastrophic results for our environment and the fragile ecosystems around the globe. Solar power, such as the solar energy system on the roof of your home, is not dependent on burning fossil fuels or other products but, rather, uses the Sun to direct the electricity in your home.
Solar Reduces America’s reliance on Fossil Fuels
According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the United States gets 81% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas, all of which are fossil fuels. We depend on those fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles, power industry & manufacturing, and provide us with electricity. Eventually, the degree to which we depend on fossil fuels will have to decline as the planet’s known supplies diminish, the difficulty and cost of tapping remaining reserves increase, and the effect of their continued use on our planet grows more critical. As Americans switch to solar energy systems at home, in cars, and at work, our overall reliance on foreign-produced fossil fuels will decrease.
In addition, unlike fossil fuels, solar energy systems do not produce air pollutants, water pollutants, or carbon dioxide. They also have a minimal effect on the environment. This is all according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Solar Shrinks Each Person’s Carbon Footprint
The average American household produces 14,920 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, assuming an average monthly energy consumption of 957-kilowatt hours. Every kilowatt installed lowers your home’s carbon footprint by over 3,000 pounds annually. For the average five-kilowatt residential system, that means a reduction of more than 15,000 pounds of CO2 every year! While eliminating a person’s personal carbon footprint is near impossible, a solar energy system can go a long way in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Need more information about how you can be a part of the change that will be vital in the protection of our Earth? Call BlueSel if you have questions about how you can get started on protecting the environment and lowering your bills today. Contact BlueSel today at 781-281-8130, or visit our website.