Home solar panels help you and the environment

| January 22, 2020

The sustainable energy movement has hit its stride in the past 10 years. What was once expensive and inaccessible is now far cheaper and growing in popularity. From individual homes to entire communities, more people are relying on renewable sources for their power.

Solar has proven to be one of the most versatile and reliable options available. The global market for these technologies is booming. In 2018, the worldwide power industry was at $775 billion, with over $300 billion consisting of investments in renewables.

The overall growth is impressive, but it’s important not to lose sight of the choices made by individuals and families. Every home that switches to sustainable energy will have a positive impact on the environment. As the number of homes using solar rises, so does the impact.

Connect Electric Adelaide wants to help everyone understand that even a small change can make a big difference in our world. You don’t have to be a giant corporation or a non-profit group to get results. Each of us must make decisions about how we power our homes and our lives. Those who are concerned about the health of our planet should consider the benefits of using solar energy at home.

Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas and CO2 Emissions

As soon as you turn on your solar panels, your home’s greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions will plummet. For example, if a home consumes just under 13,000 kWh of electricity each year, even a modest solar system can reduce household emissions by 80%.

That is a substantial change, especially considering that solar panels have an average lifespan of between 20 and 30 years. That’s at least an 80% reduction over two or more decades.

If you account for 20 years of use, your home’s solar panels could offset the equivalent of 150,000 pounds of coal burned or the emissions produced by 45 tons of garbage in landfills.

A larger solar array will allow you to generate more energy so you could have an even higher reduction in emissions.

Lower the Amount of Local Water Pollution

The air and atmosphere aren’t the only things impacted by pollution. Your energy source can also cause problems in waterways.

Water is required in manufacturing. It’s also used when making solar panels. There’s really no way around that. However, using solar energy over traditional sources will greatly reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in rivers and streams.

Massive amounts of water are required for cooling in the operation of natural gas, coal-fired, or nuclear facilities. This leads to a high risk of pollution. Solar energy reduces that risk to almost nothing. It doesn’t require massive amounts of water, which also puts less strain on local drinking and agricultural systems.

Drive an Electric Vehicle for Lower Emissions

Your vehicle is a part of your household. Switching to an electric or hybrid model is a great way to lower your overall CO2 emissions further.

The key is making sure that you are charging your vehicle using a renewable source of electricity. This is easy if your home is already equipped with solar panels. If you are still using non-renewable sources, then your electric car purchase won’t have as much of an impact.

Make sure you talk to your solar installer and let them know that you have an electric vehicle or that you plan to buy one in the future. They can factor this in when planning out your solar installation.

Stop Chipping Away at Finite Natural Resources

Even though it seems endless, many of the resources we rely on are finite. Natural gas, coal, and oil are not a bottomless commodity. If we continue over-consuming, we will eventually run out. Now is the time to develop new technology so we can transition to better, unlimited resources.

The sun is easily the most abundant power source we have on the planet. It produces an amazing 173,000 terawatts of energy per second. That’s over 10,000 times our global energy consumption.

By switching your home to solar power, you will get on board with this necessary change. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can also help protect your household from future shortages or distribution problems.

It is possible to live green without giving up the conveniences and comforts of modern life, like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. All it takes is a change of power source.

Slow the Production of Hazardous Waste

The less hazardous waste we can produce, the better. This material can be challenging to deal with because we have to find safe places to store it.

Coal-fired facilities release millions of tons of toxic waste into the world. That waste must be put somewhere, so it usually ends up in abandoned mines or landfills. It may be out of sight, but it is still very much present in our natural environment. Dangerous materials can seep into the ground, water, or come in contact with wildlife.

The only way to slow the production of hazardous waste is to lower our dependence on the energy sources that produce it.

Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

Climate change is very concerning. We already see signs of it happening around the world. Solar panels provide a way to reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate climate change before it gets worse.

From 2013 to 2016, it appeared that our fossil fuel emissions had plateaued. Some people felt that we had reached our peak and were now going to start a positive downward trend. Unfortunately, those hopes were dashed in 2018 when there was a rapid increase of CO2 coming from fossil fuel combustion.

This updated data highlights a move away from the Paris Agreement goals. It will make it harder to recover in the long run unless we can see a significant push in the opposite direction.

One house switching to solar won’t solve all the world’s energy and pollution problems, but it is one necessary step among many. Contact Connect Electric to learn more about installing solar panels at home.