Reflecting on our recent celebration of Earth Day, NPHS and Sojourner Solar would like to highlight some of some of the top green benefits of going solar. Purchasing and installing solar panels allows homeowners to lower the cost of their utilities by at least 70%, creating discretionary savings for homeowners to use for paying off debt, build savings, or cover basic needs such as food and housing. Besides saving you “green” money, going solar also impacts the environment by reducing your carbon footprint and creating clean energy for generations to come.
1. Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
According to an article by Green Match, a carbon footprint is defined as the amount of greenhouse gases known as carbon dioxide (CO2) that is released into the atmosphere that is harmful to the environment and can result in climate change. By going solar, a homeowner can reduce their carbon footprint by reducing CO2 greenhouse emissions by roughly 16,000 pounds per year, which would save about 24 trees from having to offset the emissions per year. If only 5% of all US households relied on solar panels, 89,600,000 pounds of CO2 would NOT be emitted resulting in preventing roughly 7 million trees from having to offset the carbon emissions.
Going solar will eliminate or greatly reduce energy costs by generating free power over the 25 year life of a solar system. These systems offset energy consumption by up to 70%, with net savings that can have short-term benefits of reducing monthly expenses.
2. Creates No Pollution, Emission Free Energy
Unlike burning coal, oil, or even wood, solar power is a clean energy source that has zero carbon emissions. Electricity that is obtained from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, are produced by burning these fossil fuels that emit harmful gases and are the primary cause of air pollution and global warming.
Solar power systems create clean, pure, renewable energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduces the amount of pollution our homes create.
3. Provides Clean Energy for Generations to Come
Your home and/or business will probably be around for many years to come, even after you are long gone. The equipment that is installed now offers long-term warranties, and many solar panel manufacturers warranty their product for 25 years. Some installations that were done decades ago still yield energy, thus making solar panel systems a sound investment for future generations to come.
Solar panels have a net zero carbon footprint after only 2 years on a roof, and that number is decreasing with new efficient production methods. After that, it will be consuming significantly less energy produced by processes which release CO2 into the atmosphere.