Green Living and Solar Panels

Closeup of Solar Panels on Old Ceramic RoofIt’s no secret that installing solar panels on your home or business can yield a host of benefits, from lower utility bills to increasing the value of your property. But the most important benefit of solar energy is the environmental impact of solar panels. Thanks to the sun’s rays, this green, renewable energy is abundantly available at our fingertips. That’s why when you invest in solar panels from Vision Solar, you’re really investing in a cleaner environment and a healthier planet.

The World’s Most Plentiful Energy Source

Not only is solar energy free, but it is the most abundant form of energy found on the planet. Every second, the sun delivers 17,300 terawatts of solar energy to Earth, which equates to over 10,000 times more than all of humanity’s energy use. In fact, just one hour of sunshine contains enough solar power to provide electricity and heat to the entire planet for longer than a year. And unlike fossil fuels, solar energy is renewable and can be used time and time again. At the same time, as more people choose solar energy, the demand for coal, diesel, and other environmentally hazardous sources of fuel continues to diminish.

Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Whether a home is powered and heated by coal, oil, natural gas, or diesel, the greenhouse gasses and other pollutants released by these energy sources have a detrimental impact on the environment. Carbon dioxide, methane, and other dangerous greenhouse gases are to blame for decreased air quality, illnesses, and global warming. Solar panels, on the other hand, do not produce any greenhouse gases. Today in the U.S. alone, solar panels help decrease the air’s carbon dioxide content by 16.8 million metric tons per year.

The clean electricity offered by solar panels can make a huge difference, especially when compared to coal. The average home uses 6,864 kWh of electricity each year, which requires burning about 5,000 pounds of coal. Each time this coal is burned, its emissions contaminate and pollute the air. When homeowners choose solar energy, they avoid burning these vast amounts of coal and promote cleaner air today and in the future.

Decreasing Water Pollution

The environmental impact of solar panels doesn’t end with air pollution. Solar energy also contributes to a decrease in water pollution around the world. This is because non-solar power plants require huge amounts of water to produce electricity. Facilities that generate power from natural gas and coal depend on thousands of gallons of water to cool equipment. Once this dirty water enters streams, rivers, and other bodies of water, it affects countless wildlife habitats and can potentially contaminate our drinking water supply. In contrast, solar panels’ photovoltaic cells require no water to produce electricity – they only need the pollutant-free rays of the sun.

Improve Your Carbon Footprint

Beyond the positive environmental impact of solar panels, it’s important to remember that today’s abundant fossil fuels will not always be available. As these nonrenewable resources become too expensive to retrieve and run out, we must look for new, sustainable ways to power our homes and businesses. That’s why it’s so important to get ahead of the curve and consider installing solar panels from Vision Solar. For more information about the environmental impact of solar panels or a free quote, contact us today.