On 20th January 2021, President Biden signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States.
According to this international pledge, participating nations are sworn to reduce carbon emissions to slow global warming. One of the first steps toward this is by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Apart from the looming possibility of fossil fuels becoming banned in the decades to come, there are several other reasons to install solar panels to service your energy needs at home and work.
1. Solar Panels Help Reduce Global Warming
Currently, we use oil, gas, and coal harvested from the Earth for almost all our energy needs. This results in increased global warming, which is responsible for the unusual weather events so prevalent today.
Unless we act now, our crops will start to fail, our livestock will die, and we’ll eventually become extinct.
It’s up to you to make a difference in the ongoing survival of our species by reducing your carbon footprint as much as you can.
2. Solar Energy Is Sustainable
Coal reserves stored deep in the Earth take millions of years to form and we’re using them up much faster than they can regenerate. If global warming doesn’t do away with all of us first, we’ll eventually run out of these resources.
On the other hand, experts predict that our sun will survive for another 4.5 billion years.
Do you know where the energy stored in oil and gas comes from? It’s the sun’s energy trapped inside fossilized plants. So, it makes sense to get this energy directly from the source instead.
3. Green Energy Protects the Earth’s Water Resources
Energy production from burning oil and coal uses a lot of water for cleaning and cooling. Once it’s passed through these energy plants, that water’s unusable.
Even hydroelectricity disrupts the natural flow of water thanks to building dams. This practice disrupts the eco-system by displacing animals, plants, and people from their natural environment.
4. When You Install Solar Panels You Save Money
The initial installation cost of solar panels, inverters, and batteries is off-putting for some. However, you can take advantage of federal tax incentives for your installation.
You’ll also save a fortune on your energy bill since the sun provides its energy free of charge all day long. You can easily recoup the costs of a solar panel installation within five years.
Even if you don’t go totally off the grid, you can feed excess energy from your solar panels back into the national electrical grid and get a credit on your utility bills.
According to Blue Raven Solar, this could mean savings of up to $6,000.
5. Solar Panel Installation Increases Your Home’s Value
You can easily recoup the cost of your solar installation when you sell your home, because of the savings on utility bills that it offers.
Thanks to the value-added benefits of solar panels, prospective homebuyers find houses with solar installations highly attractive. That means you’ll sell your home a lot faster too.
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Go Green
Whichever way you look at it, it’s a wise move to install solar panels and start saving money, and the planet, right now. We’re at the turning point, and the only way to ensure our survival is if we all do our part.
If you’d like some more information on how to save energy or practice an eco-friendly lifestyle, keep reading our blog.