Solar Energy: Environmental And Health Benefits 

In the US today, utilities and homeowners are both opting for solar energy at a growing rate more than ever before. This exponential growth is attributed to the decreasing solar panel cost. Also responsible for the US’s best performance in solar energy are incentives and rebates. However, these falling costs are just a small part of the ever growing solar power benefits. By reducing your overreliance on fossil fuels, by having a solar power system installed at your residential or commercial property, you can improve your health and safeguard the environment.

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Solar Energy Environmental Benefits 


Solar energy is beneficial to the environment as it creates renewable and clean power using the sun. Fossil fuels alternatives reduce greenhouse gases across the world by reducing the carbon footprint both domestically and internationally. Solar energy is associated with a positive environmental impact.


Coal and natural gas are the main fossil fuels used to generate most of the electricity in the United States. The extraction and use of these fossil fuels is both harmful and costly to the environment. On the other hand, solar energy is abundant and freely available. To put this into perspective, we can be able to power the entire world for a year if we could capture all the solar energy falling onto the earth for only one hour.

You can do your part in ridding the world of its overreliance on fossil fuels, in exchange for one of the most consistent and abundant sources of energy available to us, the sun, by simply investing in solar energy.



Reducing Green House Gas Emissions With Solar Energy


We can substantially reduce green house gas emissions, mostly CO2 to be specific, by using solar energy to generate electricity instead of fossil fuels. Produced when fossil fuels are burned, greenhouse gasses are responsible for increasing temperatures around the world and climate change as a whole. In the Northeast, climate change is already contributing to serious public health and environmental problems such as the destruction of entire eco-systems, rising levels of the sea and extreme weather occurrences.


You can reduce your carbon footprint, counter the rate of greenhouse gas emissions and lower the demand for fossil fuels by going solar. A solar energy system installed on a single home can have a huge environmental effect. The average home in Connecticut with solar panels consumes 8,756 kWh of electric power annually, according to the EIA (Energy Information Administration). Using solar power instead of fossil fuels reduces emissions by a similar margin as planting 155 trees annually.


Average homes in New York consume 7092 kilo-watt-hours of electric power per year. Using solar panels to produce clean power equates to elimination of carbon emissions attributed to the burning of 5,253 lbs of coal annually.


Reducing Cardiovascular And Respiratory Health Issues Using Solar Energy


The air pollutant free nature of solar energy is considered to be one of the most significant advantages of solar energy. Widespread adoption of solar energy would lead to the reduction of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions (all known to cause health issues) according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analysis. Furthermore, solar power use resulted in reduced cases of cardiovascular and respiratory issues in addition to chronic bronchitis, and an overall reduction of sick days claimed by workers suffering from these health issues; also according to NREL research.


It’s clear that solar energy comes with a variety of irrefutable advantages. In addition to making savings on solar utility bills, you get to improve the health of those around you and reduce your carbon footprint. Get a glimpse of how much you can save by using solar energy by getting a quote today.

Author: Will Robins