If we don’t take immediate steps to combat carbon emissions, the climate damage done to Earth will be completely irreparable by 2050.
With that sobering fact out of the way: what can you, as a consumer, do to stop it? One simple way to decrease your carbon footprint is by making the switch from fossil fuels to solar energy.
Is Switching to Solar Expensive?
It can be, but fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the expense. For example, the United States offers a tax credit that allows you to make 26% of your installation cost deductible from your federal taxes.
Many states also have their own solar initiatives, allowing further cost reductions! Speak with your local solar companies to learn more about your options.
Does Solar Energy Save Me Money?
Solar panels definitely save money on your electric bill. How much they save depends on a variety of things. Your local electricity rates per kWh (kilowatt-hour), daily amounts of sunlight, and the positioning of the solar panels all play a part.
However, switching to solar also prevents you, the customer, from dealing with utility rate inflation. On average, utility rates rise by 2.2% annually. That prevents your bill from increasing by nearly 20% in a decade!
By that point, many photovoltaic systems can earn you money. You could get paid for producing electricity, rather than paying a monthly power bill!
What About My Carbon Footprint?
Based on residential power consumption, the typical American household’s carbon footprint is over 14,900 pounds every year. Since solar can generate power without producing carbon emissions, it can decrease your impact on the environment. In fact, for an average home, switching to solar can reduce carbon emissions by 15,000 pounds annually.
While that won’t eliminate your carbon footprint, it will help reduce it significantly. As an added bonus, your solar system will be at peak efficiency when utility bills spike in the summer. Imagine being able to save while keeping your home nice and cool!
The Importance of Carbon Reduction
Carbon dioxide is one of the most dangerous, and most widely produced, greenhouse gases on the planet. It traps the sun’s heat in our atmosphere, producing what we call the ‘greenhouse effect’. Carbon dioxide, and thus, carbon footprint reduction is critical to reducing global temperatures.
Current estimates show that our planet could warm 1.5 degrees Celsius before 2030, destroying almost all the world’s coral reefs. Warmer temperatures also mean decreasing polar ice. This raises global sea levels, wreaking havoc on coastal towns.
So, What Now?
While the picture of our future environment may seem grim, it’s not too late to act. With one simple adjustment, you can make a significant impact in personal carbon reduction. Switching to solar energy now lets you do your part to save the planet, while saving your wallet as well.
If going green while saving green appeals to you, reach out and discover what you can do to switch to solar today!