Here’s a recurring question you’ve been seeing lately: Why Switch To Solar Energy?
Solar energy may be a trend, but what’s the big deal? You’ve read it all over the news, seen on television, and scrolled past it on social media — the world is getting hotter, and house bills are getting steeper. Summer is fast approaching, and recently, Washington has seen high temperatures ranging from 80 to 90 degrees.
Without seeing these reports or going through any form of media, you feel it more than ever, how easy it is to break a sweat, how the heat stings as it touches your skin, or the smell of the city as smoke and dirt cover the air.
Buildings, restaurants, simple houses, and large establishments consume massive amounts of energy and create a more robust demand for power as it doubles the monthly electrical bills. How can we stop this?
In this new age of innovative, sustainable choices, and better alternatives, switching to solar energy, not only benefits the natural environment and your household but also the future of the next generation in building them a safe and secure home.
The Problem and the Impact
Solar energy is a form of renewable energy that taps on sunlight, and installing solar panels on the roof of your house can generate and safely store energy. Unlike fossil fuels commonly and massively used for our current energy consumption, solar energy does not emit harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Installed solar energy panels also require no fuel or additional or non-renewable resources to generate electricity for the establishment, which will further reduce your carbon footprint.
In a report by the Department of Ecology, Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions have significantly increased over three years in a study completed from 2016 – 2018. The 2018 count was at 99.6 million metric tons of total emissions. In the entire country, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2019 study revealed that the total emissions were at 6,558 million metric tons.
The United Nations’ Paris Climate Agreement, signed by 197 countries, has already called on a worldwide task to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 49% in 2030 and by 95% by 2050. This goal falls in the hands of legislators and government bodies and the ordinary citizens that have become part of the problem in contributing to the world’s carbon footprint, as well as the harmful effects that come with it. To have citizens involved means proper education in climate change and all the possible alternatives for a sustainable livelihood. Educating others is also to have citizens understand what it means to create an impact and be part of a global movement.
Through the scientifically backed data from years and years of research, it has already been strongly encouraged to consider the use of renewable energy. Professionals, scientists, and even the government advocate the healing and gradual restoration of our climate.
Solar power is a lifetime investment. It’s one cost for its production and installation for years of safe and healthy living while contributing to society instead of the monthly and increasing cost of electricity powered by harmful materials.
Going solar, going renewable, and going sustainable are among the steps that households can take in ensuring a better future for their young ones — a future for millions of young individuals today without oppressive heat, destruction, and debt. Creating an impact starts at something tangible, manageable, and visually displays that you are doing something for this world to make it better for you and everyone else around. Sustainability starts with you, Washington’s green energy future starts at your home.