How Switching to Solar Helps The Environment

There are many reasons why homeowners decide to add solar to their homes, especially as electricity costs continue to increase and our climate continues to warm up. Making the switch to solar is the best way to lock in decades of predictable energy costs all while helping the environment! 

If you are considering adding solar panels to your home or business, consider the importance of these eco-friendly advantages.

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas and CO2 Emissions 

The environmental impact of solar panels is quite substantial. In Florida, the average home consumes around 1,078 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, and a modestly sized solar power system could easily reduce that number by 80%. Over twenty years, a solar energy system that is producing 80% of a home’s energy requirements can offset the equivalent of CO2 emissions from over 150,000 pounds of burned coal or the greenhouse gas emissions from 45 tons of waste from a landfill. 

Power an Electric Vehicle

Opting for an electric vehicle can offset 100% of a traditional vehicle’s harmful C02 emissions. When you charge an electric vehicle from a non-solar home, you are moving that expense that you might pay at the pump with a gas-powered vehicle to the energy expenses at your home. A professionally designed solar energy system will power both your home and your vehicle to help further offset the electricity that you purchase from your utility company. 

Solar Power Reduces Water Pollution

This is one of the biggest environmental advantages of going solar. While all manufacturing processes require water, the total amount of water used to generate solar electricity is much less than traditional energy sources. 

Older technologies like natural gas, coal-fired facilities, and nuclear power all require massive amounts of water for cooling. When using solar energy, there is little to no risk to local water resources, and the operation of solar power does not put a strain on the water supply. You won’t be competing with agriculture, drinking water, or other vital water needs with a solar panel system!

Reduces Strain on Finite Resources 

Our global population on Earth continues to grow, and we only have a finite amount of coal, oil, and natural gas to keep the world running. The sun is our most abundant energy source and produces 173,000 terawatts of solar energy every second! That is 10,000 times the world’s total combined energy usage. 

Fossil fuels are non-renewable and at some point, they will be gone or the cost of finding and extracting them might be too expensive. If we do not make a change, the damage to our environment might be irreparable. Going solar is the best way to protect the planet that we call home and save our dwindling resources.

Protect the Environment. Go Solar! 

Going solar not only saves the planet, but it can save you money too! It is one of the only home improvement investments that have an immediate and measurable impact on the environment. 

Installing solar is a great way to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future while keeping your hard-earned money in your pocket. 

Ready to go solar and protect the environment? Contact Solar Bear today for a solar panel consultation—Solar Bear Tampa: 813-567-8484 or Solar Bear Orlando: 407-904-7585!