The majority of the electricity we consume is generated by non-renewable sources that release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere. Offsetting the emission levels of carbon II oxide presents a practical and efficient way to curb the effects of climate change. High levels of emission of this gas lead to climate change.
Understanding the Carbon Footprint
Carbon footprint refers to the total amount of the carbon II oxide and all other carbon compounds that are emitted as a result of the consumption of the fossil fuels by a person or a group. It is usually expressed in terms of tons of carbon II oxide.
When one drives a car, its engine burns fuel to create a certain level of CO2 released into the atmosphere. When one heats a house with the use of gas, oil or coal, they equally generate CO2. Additionally, when one buys food and goods, the production of these two stated also emitted some quantities of CO2.
Effects of greenhouse emissions include;
– Raising the global surface temperature in a process known as global warming.
– Increased floods and submergence of low-lying landmasses through rising sea levels
– Shrinking glacier volume leading to waters supply concerns and floods, caused by the melting ice, due to high temperatures
– Smog and air pollution that negatively impact human cardiovascular, pulmonary and reproductive systems.
How Solar Energy Reduce Carbon Footprint
Solar photovoltaic cells can be installed on a range of different properties to allow individuals to generate their own electricity and heat water. The technology behind solar is pretty simple as the cells capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. This is the same idea behind the working of solar heating systems, only that the energy is used to heat water rather than produce electricity.
There are several ways the environment benefits from the use of solar energy in the reduction of the carbon footprint. Below are some of these ways.
1. Renewable Energy Source – Unlike the traditional depleting sources of power such as natural gas and coal, the power from the sun is unlimited and available everywhere in the world. This power doesn’t pollute the environment.
2. Clean and Green – The solar power energy does not produce a dangerous gases to the atmosphere.
3. Minimal impact on the environment – The solar panels are not invasive to the environment.
4. Reduces carbon emissions released into the atmosphere – By the use of solar powered energy, you will be able to replace the electricity you currently use, as that power releases some greenhouse gases. With the use of solar, you will reduce your carbon footprints and the amount of polluting emissions that are released into the atmosphere.
The most important aspect of switching to solar power is that once the initial investment has been made, then the energy resulting from the system is free. Additionally, some tariffs pay you for the green energy that you produce. If you produce a surplus, you will be able to get paid as well. Creating a greener household using the sun’s power is easier than you have thought, and the incorporation of solar panels will greatly reduce the carbon footprints.