Getting your energy from the sun instead of coal and fossil fuels is, undoubtedly, lighter on your pockets. But the bigger picture shows that it also positively impacts the environment.
Burning coal and fossil fuels warms up the planet and pollutes the air that all living things breathe in. Using clean, renewable energy, on the other hand, doesn’t. And solar is among the many sources of clean energy we can use to make our planet greener.
Let’s explore the many other ways solar energy benefits the environment.
Lessens carbon footprint
Fossil fuels and coal warms up the planet because of the tons of carbon dioxide they release into the air. Our reliance on “dirty energy” for years has caused rising temperatures, resulting in global warming.
Clen energy, like solar energy, is one of the best ways to minimize our carbon footprint and contribute to the worldwide efforts of cleaning up the planet. Sure, the carbon dioxide already in the air can stay for years and years. But by reducing our emissions, along with planting trees, we can help our planet recover gradually.
Renewable means it can be renewed. In energy consumption, renewable energy is something that doesn’t deplete over time. As long as the sun shines (or the wind blows or the water flows) we can generate electricity, and we can do so without emitting harmful substances.
We’ve been perfecting the technologies we use to harvest sunlight to power our homes and businesses, and we will not run out of it, unlike coal and fossil fuels that will run out over time.
That’s why clean, renewable energy is sustainable.
We said it: the sun, wind, and flowing water can be used to generate clean energy. But among the three, the sun is a more convenient source of electricity. You’ve seen small solar panels that can fit in your pockets and bags, and they can still generate enough electricity to power your electronics.
More and more people are switching to clean energy, so the demand is growing. Competing companies mean that new ways and technologies are developed to increase production scale, which lessens the cost of buying and installing solar systems.