4 Environmental Benefits of Going Solar

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As the world continues to transition to a renewable energy future, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is the key to a successful transition. Installing solar panels onto your roof is one of the best ways to contribute to a healthier environment. To better understand the positive impacts of going solar, here are 4 environmental benefits of Making The Switch.

Clean Renewable Energy

Solar energy is the most abundant and readily available source of energy available to humankind. The earth gets hit with more power from the sun within a single hour than the amount of energy the world consumes in a whole year! In comparison, fossil fuels are not only non-renewable energy sources, the amount of gas and oil available to us is limited and will eventually run out. Since the sun is not expected to go anywhere anytime soon, we will be able to harness the power of the sun indefinitely. In addition to this, once a solar system has been installed onto a roof, the panels do not produce any emissions, even during production!

Reduced Air Pollution

To the rest of the world, Canada is not known as a country with major air pollution issues. This is why it may be a surprise to many that air pollution causes up to 7,700 premature deaths each year. This is costing Canadians up to $36 billion annually in medical costs! Switching to solar is a great way to help reduce the overall emissions Canadians are producing. Not only do solar panels produce zero emissions after installation, a single solar system can offset up to 7 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year!

Climate Change

The release of toxic chemicals such as CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide in earth’s atmosphere doesn’t just contribute to air pollution and health problems, it also enhances the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is what keeps our planet at a livable temperature. However, human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and many other activities, has increased the amount of greenhouse gases present in our atmosphere. This has caused the planet to warm up at a much quicker rate than ever before, causing many negative effects such as rising sea levels, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, longer droughts, flash floods, extreme heat and many others. Powering your home or business with solar energy is a great step forward in reducing your personal impact on climate change.

Reduce Water Pollution

One of the least talked about issues of traditional energy production is the usage of precious water resources. Coal and natural gas-powered energy plants require massive amounts of water to keep their generators, pipes, and other equipment cool. Solar energy, on the other hand, requires no water to operate, alleviating the strain put on local water supplies and reducing the amount of water pollution in already sensitive areas.

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