Jessica PirroJune 1, 20202470
In times like today, health is a great concern. COVID-19 has raised some awareness when it comes to both personal and public health. Health is something that everyone should be concerned about, and solar panel installations provide both health and environmental benefits of solar energy.
Solar Power Reduces Air Pollution
It is a known fact that fossil fuels are responsible for a lot of air pollutants. If you have been to a heavily populated city, such as Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago, you have seen what dirty, smoggy air looks like.
The common energy sources like oil, coal, and gas production emit chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide into the air. Some studies have been done showing that they can cause several severe respiratory problems, which include but are not limited to, asthma, bronchitis, pulmonary inflammation, and chronic respiratory disease. This can be an issue when it comes to COVID-19 because the illness is known to attack the respiratory system. Air pollution can also cause cardio health issues like strokes and heart attacks.
The dirty, smoggy air is not only bad for the environment but your health as well. In a study done by WHO in 2018, it was determined that one-third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer, and heart disease are a result of air pollution. The air pollutants can damage both respiratory and circulatory systems, resulting in damage to one’s lungs, heart, and brain.
By getting a solar panel installation, you can help get rid of air pollution. Solar panels generate clean energy that isn’t going to contribute to air pollution.
Solar Panels Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions
When you have a solar power system you are going to generate electricity through solar panels as opposed to through fossil fuels and can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emission, specifically carbon dioxide. When fossil fuels are burned, greenhouse gasses are produced when fossil fuels are burned, which is going to lead to a rise in both global temperatures and climate change. Climate change is a contributing factor to a few serious issues, both environmental and health issues.
When you get a solar panel installation, you can reduce the demand for fossil fuels, limit the emission of greenhouse gases, while reducing your carbon footprint. Just a single home installing a solar power system can have a huge effect on the environment.
Solar Energy Reduces the Reliance On Fossil Fuels
Installing the right solar panels in both size and energy production is going to mean that your home doesn’t have to rely on traditional electricity. When a home isn’t relying on traditional electricity it is going to automatically reduce the demand for fossil fuel-generated electricity.
Right now fossil fuels might are in high supply or availability today, but they might run out. If everyone gets a solar panel installation, the dependence of fossil fuels is going to be significantly reduced.
Solar Panels Have No Impact On The Environment
Solar energy doe not have an impact on the environment because it doesn’t produce any by-products. There isn’t going to be any waste generated in this process.
Another benefit to the solar power systems is that they are built to withstand harsh weather conditions, therefore it may take years before there needs to be any maintenance on the solar panels. This means that the impact on the environment (which is small), that comes with solar panels maintenance, can be postponed for a while.
There are Long-Run Health Benefits That Come With Solar Panels
Solar power systems don’t only improve health in the present, but solar panel installations improve the health of humanity in the long run. The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy estimates that cleaner air could have a positive effect on humanity’s health, and it is estimated that cleaning the air with solar panels, could save more than 25,000 lives.
Solar Power Helps Clean Up the Water
Fossil fuels contaminate the water. The water contamination is due to the standard energy waste is known to cause additional health risks. Coal produces the largest amount of mercury emissions into the air. These mercury particles will eventually make their way into the groundwater and then into the nearby streams, lakes, and oceans, which is going to affect the fish. Not only is this going to affect the water that we drink, but when we eat mercury-contaminated fish, it can cause irreversible neurological damage, particularly in pregnant women and young children. This raises such a concern that it is recommended that both women and younger children limit how much they consume certain kinds of fish.
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