How Do Solar Panels Help The Environment?September 30, 2020
It’s no secret that solar panels are an excellent investment in clean, sustainable energy to power your home, boosting property values, and overall home efficiency. In the past, we’ve covered how various state and federal tax incentives, credits, and solar energy consumption can save you an enormous amount of money over the course of your panels’ 25-year minimum lifespan.
But, for many, solar panels aren’t only an investment in one’s financial future, but an investment in a healthy, clean environment for all. In today’s blog, we’ll explore how solar energy helps the environment and how installing solar panels onto your home allows you to do your part in protecting our planet’s future.
Solar Power Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
What is Greenhouse Gas?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases.” Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the primary gas emitted into the atmosphere due to human activity, alongside Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Fluorinated Gases.
While these gases have historically worked in balance with the atmosphere, since the Industrial Revolution around 1750, “human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere.”
How do Greenhouse Gases Affect the Planet?
Burning non-renewable energy resources to support transportation, industrial plants, and to power our homes releases these greenhouse gases into Earth’s atmosphere. The abundant overuse of these gases beyond the planet’s natural balance has wreaked havoc upon our atmosphere, raising global temperatures, causing what we know of as climate change. The substantial effects of climate change have already begun to occur, such as consistent extreme weather, rising sea levels, and dramatic ecosystem shifts.
According to NASA, “global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up at a faster rate, plant and animal ranges have shifted, and trees are flowering sooner.” Sea levels are expected to rise a disastrous 1-8 feet by 2100, as severe weather events such as hurricanes continue to grow stronger and more dangerous every year.
How Does Solar Power Reduce Greenhouse Gases?
When you choose to install solar power into your home via high-efficiency solar panels, you’re also choosing to reduce fossil fuel demand, lowering your carbon footprint and society’s overall reliance on non-renewable energy.
It only takes one solar-powered home to make a considerable environment difference. As Energy Sage puts it, “switching from fossil fuels to solar power has the same emissions reduction effect as planting around 150 trees every year.”
Saving Money + Saving the Planet = Solar Power
Helping to preserve our planet’s future, while extremely significant, is just one of the many benefits of switching to solar energy. With minimal maintenance, quality service, and numerous financial benefits, installing solar panels onto your home is a smart, long-term investment in your financial future and the environment that we call home. We only have one tiny blue planet amongst the stars, and it’s our duty to ensure that it survives for our children and our children’s children. Let’s work together to stop climate change now.