How Solar Panels Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
With heightened awareness today about the “carbon footprint” we all have, many people are interested in finding ways to lower energy consumption and not only save money but also do their part to reduce overall global emissions. The term carbon footprint measures the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated each year by our daily lives. In the U.S., the average is 16 tons, which is among the highest in the world. If you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint beyond taking more public transportation or reducing your meat and dairy consumption, installing solar panels on your home can help.
There are several options available for alternative energy, but none of them are as easy and accessible for homeowners as solar. After all, chances are you don’t live near a huge dam where you could generate enough hydro-electric energy to power your home, and wind turbines (while available for some residential applications) are often too large and the wind in your area too limited to get enough power. Solar energy, generated through solar panels installed on your roof, are the ideal way for homeowners to power a home.
Benefits of Solar Energy
When you install solar panels on your home, it has two primary benefits: saving money on your monthly electricity bills and saving carbon emissions by not using fossil fuels to power your home. Most of the electricity from Utah power plants today comes from burning coal, which increases atmospheric carbon dioxide and contributes to warmer average temperatures. Even a slight increase in average global temperatures impacts everything from ocean levels and severe storms to our food supply.
While it might not seem like your individual impact is that large on the global scale of emissions, each person can play a role in reducing climate impact, and solar panels are a great way to do that for your household. If the average family switches from fossil fuel electricity to solar, it replaces literally thousands of pounds of burning coal every year.
How to Get Started
The first step toward getting your home ready for solar energy is to schedule a consultation. PRVL Energy’s friendly and knowledgeable representatives can come and check your home to make sure there is adequate sunlight, and a roof angle where panels can be installed to maximize sun exposure.
If one of your goals is to reduce your carbon footprint, call PRVL Energy today to find out how easy it can be to switch to solar energy.