Adding solar panels to your home has many benefits and this type of energy is especially well-suited to Arizona, the sunniest state in the US.
Solar Panel Benefits
Solar power is a renewable resource that you can take advantage of with no upfront cost in most cases, not to mention solar tax credits and monthly savings compared to getting electricity from a utility company.
On top of the solar panel benefits for you, these are also better for the environment. It’s not often that you can make a decision that helps our planet while also saving money, and switching to solar is one of these rare opportunities.
Here are some of the positive environmental impacts of solar panels:
1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide contribute to climate change. Burning coal to produce electricity releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Solar panels do not produce these gases during the process of making electricity for your home. The manufacturing process releases some greenhouse gases, but the lifetime carbon emissions of a solar panel system are significantly lower than electricity from coal.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a solar panel produces 20 times less carbon output in its initial years of operation compared to coal. Additionally, a solar system “pays off” the carbon debt from its manufacturing process within two to three years of operation. Over the lifespan of your solar panels, they will reduce your carbon footprint substantially.
2. Less Air Pollution
Carbon gases not only contribute to climate change but also are associated with negative effects on human health. Pollutants from electricity plants can cause chronic bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. The more homes that switch to solar power, the better air quality will be.
3. Reduce Water Use
Water is a precious resource, especially in Arizona. You may not associate water use with electricity, but a massive amount of this resource is necessary to keep coal processing plants running. Cooling processes are the biggest drain on water from these plants’ operations.
The creation of solar panels requires some water, but the operation of the panels does not use this resource. This means that by using solar energy, you are conserving water.
4. Renewable Energy
Fossil fuels are a finite resource and will one day run out. Sunlight, on the other hand, is renewable. If we were able to use all of the energy the sun provides for just one hour, it would fulfill the planet’s energy needs for a year. By making the switch to solar, you are doing your part to reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
How to Get Started
If you want to do your part for the environment and take advantage of tax credits and energy savings, now is the time to install solar panels. The process is simple and there is no cost down required in most cases.
Solar Pros, Tucson Solar Installers
At Solar Pros, we have over 25 years of experience in the solar industry. We can install a solar energy system for your home or business in Tucson.