It’s Earth Day Today! Everyone can do a little something to help sustain and protect our earth.
But what if you want to do more than a little? According to EnergySage, companies who go solar have the same impact as planting 150 trees every year that they use solar to power their home.
Since most solar panels last about 25 years, that’s the equivalent of over 3,650 trees!
It’s true that not every company going solar makes the switch to owning their power for environmental reasons. But at LED Phantom, we know many Business owners are still curious about how solar impacts the environment.
For Earth Day, we’ve compiled some interesting insights about solar for the curious.
Take a look below to learn more about solar and your personal carbon footprint, recycling solar, and options for choosing renewable energy at home!
When you use a solar energy system for the first 5 years, you only emit about 50 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour. After that, the amount of CO2 you emit drops even more.
When compared to coal-fired power plants, solar panels have a 20-fold lower carbon footprint. Installing solar power in your office can help you significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
If you live in Illinois, you might assume that your electricity is generated using relatively clean energy from the wind farms popping up around the state. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the majority of the electricity used in the state. Illinois is still dependent on coal and natural gas-fired electric power plants for the majority of its energy needs.
Renting power through a utility company isn’t the only option for powering your office.
For example, many Montanans are taking it into their own hands to reduce carbon emissions by using clean energy methods such as solar. More solar in Montana means more clean energy jobs, and less mining that can destroy the natural beauty of Montana.
A home solar energy system means not only can you brag to colleagues about how easy it is being green, but you’ll make use of the natural energy the sun produces for just a fraction of the cost.
Fracking, a term that has quickly entered most Americans’ vocabulary, is likely the top reason you can think of to not use natural gas.
It’s true that the process for extracting natural gas has serious risks including chemical spills, degradation of the water supply, and overuse of public water sources in areas already at risk for droughts.
Given that Illinois has worked hard to move into the 9th state in the US for renewable energy, it’s clear Illinoisan's value energy sources that don’t cause undue harm to the environment and their communities.
Beyond the threat of negative impacts from fracking projects in the unique badlands of Montana, there are other lesser known issues with natural gas use in the home. A study from Rocky Mountain Institute and Physicians for Social Responsibility found that the simple act of using a gas stove can produce higher than safe levels of Nitrogen Dioxide.
Nitrogen Dioxide in the home has been linked to a variety of respiratory and cardiovascular issues.
The age-old argument for sticking with natural gas as a power source for your home appliances is to save money. However, Utah homeowners are seeing rising natural gas prices again this year. The rising rates from providers like NW Natural Gas and Avista coupled with the efficiency of electric appliances means natural gas stops being the most obvious choice.
Already know you’re ready to save with solar?
You can find out how much you’ll save on energy costs with a professionally installed solar energy system from LED Phantom.