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Installing solar panels on the roof of your homes or business has never been as convenient and affordable as it is today due to advancements made in the solar industry. Solar panels perform a very unique function of harnessing the abundant power produced by sun and converting this solar energy into usable power. There are plenty of advantages of adding a solar power system to your home or business. Since Solar panels allow you to make your own electricity, that’s energy that you don’t have to purchase from the grid and enjoy the freedom that comes along with it during peak hour charges, power outages, etc. Electricity prices are continuing to rise as the traditional sources of power are more expensive to produce, and considering the onslaught of longer and hotter summers predicted as our climate continues to warm, it is a smart investment to switch to solar power as it is the best way to lock in decades of predictable energy costs and is very reliable.

Adding a solar powered system not only yields financial benefits by helping homeowners and businesses save on their electricity bills but the environmental impact of adding solar panels to your roof is just as compelling. The traditional sources of electricity supplied by the grid are usually derived from non-renewable sources such as coal, nuclear and natural gas. By installing a solar powered system it becomes possible to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future while also saving big and getting a great return on investment.

If you’re considering adding a solar powered system to your home or business consider the following positive changes you can be making to the environment –

1. Reduce greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions by installing solar panels

The average home in Australia consumes just under 13,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Even a modestly-sized 6.6kw solar energy system with a 5kW inverter can easily reduce that number by up to 80%. Along with the financial savings a solar power system enables the homeowner and business to enjoy, the environmental impact of solar is also quite substantial. As more and more people begin installing solar panels to produce even just 80% of the average home’s annual energy requirements, a solar power system will offset a substantial amount of CO2 emissions and the greenhouse gas emissions.

2. Improved air quality by using solar energy

By installing a solar power system, one of the most recognized environmental benefits is that it results in very few air pollutants. It has been studied over time that a widespread solar adoption can significantly reduce nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause health problems in people. By switching to a cleaner, greener source of power, here have been fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and lost workdays related to health issues.

3. Reduce water pollution by installing solar panels

One of the biggest environmental advantages of solar which seems to be slightly less obvious is a reduction in water pollution. Even though all manufacturing processes require some water, including those used to make solar panels, the total amount of water needed to generate solar electricity is dramatically less than more traditional electricity sources like that derived from fossil fuels. Older technologies such as nuclear, natural gas, and coal-fired facilities, all require massive amounts of water for cooling purposes as compared to that derived from a solar powered system with the installation of solar panels on your roof. With solar energy, there’s almost no risk to local water resources, nor does their operation strain local supplies by competing with agriculture, drinking systems, and other important water needs.

4. Solar panels provide a great alternative to non-renewable sources of power

The Earth only has a finite amount of oil, coal, and natural gas and as these resources are non-renewable, it is important for us to consider alternative sources of power to rely on. The sun is Earth’s most abundant energy source. The Sun produces a staggering 173,000 terawatts of solar energy every second! That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total combined energy use and it’s available every day for our use. In contrast, fossil fuels are not clean sources of energy and cannot be renewed. It is wise to start researching and switching to more renewable sources of power before the non-renewable sources are completely depleted. Getting a solar power system installed is the best way to fight against the reality of dwindling resources.

Installing solar panels would mean a step closer to saving the planet and keeping the change. In fact, it is only home improvement investment that will yield an immediate and measurable result on the environment while giving you a great return on your investment at the same time.

Contact SunMate Solar today for a free quote and start saving while playing your part to save the environment!