How Much Impact Does Switching to Solar Energy Really Have?

June 3, 2019

Today, homeowners across the country are making the decision to move to solar energy at a much faster rate than ever before. This increase has a lot to do with the falling cost of solar panels and advancements in solar power. As such, we are witnessing an increased interest in people moving from traditional utility providers to solar energy. Another reason for renewed interest is the number of rebates and incentives offered for making the switch.

Additionally, although the costs for panels are becoming more and more affordable, it may please you to find out that there are many other benefits of going solar. This list includes improved health and protecting the environment due to reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

Are you interested in installing a rooftop solar energy system in Scottsdale, AZ? Read on for some information about the health and environmental benefits of switching to solar energy.

Solar energy and your health

One of the most notable benefits of solar energy use is that it pollutes the air a lot less. This can mean a reduction in respiratory and cardio health issues. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), widespread solar adaptation would contribute significantly to a drop in nitrous oxide, particulate matter emissions and sulfur dioxide. All these air pollutants and more can cause health problems in humans. The NREL also found that using solar power results in fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and fewer missed days of work because of illness.

Solar energy and the environment

A benefit of solar energy you may already be familiar with is that it creates clean, renewable power from the sun, which hugely benefits the environment. This safer alternative to fossil fuels (like coal and natural gas) can reduce carbon footprints where you live and beyond, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Fossil fuels are responsible for most of the electricity generated in the United States, and extracting and using them is expensive and not good for the environment. Now, compare that to solar energy, which is readily abundant and renewable. Your decision to invest in solar energy can help reduce the need for fossil fuels.

Solar energy and greenhouse gases

Using solar power instead of fossil fuels to generate electricity for your home can dramatically reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions—namely, carbon dioxide (CO2). Greenhouse gases are produced when fossil fuels are burned, which leads to rising global temperatures and climate change. The effects of climate change—including extreme weather events, ecosystem changes and rising sea levels—already play a massive role in serious environmental and public health issues in some parts of the United States. Go solar and you can reduce the demand for fossil fuels, minimize your carbon footprint and limit greenhouse gas emissions by a noticeable amount.

If you have your sights set on installing a residential rooftop solar energy system in Scottsdale, AZ, get in touch with the experts at Aneva Solar. We’d love to schedule a consultation so we can help you design, build and install a long-lasting solar system!

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