According to recent studies, the United States of America is one of the most hazardous countries in the world when it comes to carbon emissions. In fact, the United States is the second worst behind China. The United States is responsible for almost 18% of the world’s carbon emissions, which is an extremely high number. One of the only ways to truly lower this number is when Americans take it upon themselves to make different choices about how they are getting their energy.
For years, energy was (and still is, in most places) derived from natural gas and coal. Natural gas and coal are also known as fossil fuels and the chemicals they emit when burned are extremely harmful to the ozone layer and the environment. The chemicals they emit are called greenhouse gases and greenhouse gases are one of the most dangerous pollutants to the Earth’s atmosphere. Many studies suggest that these kinds of pollutants wear the ozone layer down and result in holes in the ozone layer. This means that the ozone layer is less capable of protecting the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun.
Since the sun is such a powerful force in our world, it only makes sense to think about how to harness that power in a beneficial way, and that is how solar power systems came to be.
Unlike fossil fuels, which are non-renewable resources, the sun has an unlimited amount of power to use for energy and it can be accessed worldwide for much cheaper than natural gas or coal.
While many more businesses and industrial complexes are choosing to use solar power for energy, residential solar panels are growing in popularity as well. It may seem like just one home cannot really make a dent in the overall carbon emissions statistics, but that is not true. In fact, the more families who choose solar panel installation for the homes, the more likely that their friends, families, and neighbors will consider it as well.
Aside from the fact that there are undeniable environmental benefits to solar panels, there are also a lot of financial benefits as well. There are numerous incentive programs in different states and cities offering tax breaks to homes that install solar panels. There is also the fact that solar panels will save a family thousands and thousands of dollars in energy bills. These factors combined can really add up and make solar panels an attractive option for homeowners.
Most importantly, however, saving money will not matter if people cannot come together and employ solutions that will protect the Earth and the environment in the long term. Lessening carbon dioxide emissions and carbon footprints for all Americans will help the United States to truly make a dent in the pollution statistics. Ideally, if enough people get on board with solar energy, the United States can decrease its dependency on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources. This will ensure that United States stays on top of new technology, increases jobs and protects the environment.