Most people have heard others discuss carbon footprints and how by reducing carbon footprints, the earth can be a cleaner and greener place. However, many do not understand what the phrase “carbon footprint” actually means and what changes can be made to lessen their carbon footprints. So, our Redlands solar installers at Sea Bright Solar have answered some questions regarding how solar panels can actually reduce a homeowner or business owner’s carbon footprint.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases that are indirectly or directly provided by human activities. In most cases, this amount is expressed in equivalent tons of CO2, which is short for carbon dioxide.
What Types of Actions Contribute to a Person’s Carbon Footprint?
These greenhouse gases are emitted through actions such as transport, the clearing of land, the consumption of fuels, the manufacturing of goods, the construction of buildings and roads, and much more. However, other activities that people complete on a daily basis actually contribute to a person’s carbon footprint as well. Some of these activities include:
- Heating the house
- Using the air conditioner
- Using the dryer
Of course, all of the activities have one thing in common. They function completely or partially off electricity. Since a solar panel system functions as an alternate energy source, these systems can help a person reduce their carbon footprint.
Can Solar Panels Help Reduce a Person’s Carbon Footprint?
Because solar panels rely purely on the sun in order to produce energy, solar panel systems are amongst the greenest sources of energy. In addition, most solar panels have a lifespan of at least 30 years. This means that once the installation of a system is complete, the environment benefits for at least three decades to follow. In this amount of time, a home with a solar system provides the following equivalent environmental benefits:
- 3,030 trees are planted
- 22 vehicles are removed from the road every year
- 41 tons of waste is recycled instead of landfilled
- 1.6 tanker trucks of gasoline are not burned
- 0.6 railcars of coal are not burned
It is apparent that solar can not only save a person money spent on everyday utilities, but it can also help reduce a person’s carbon footprint.
Interested in Solar? Call Sea Bright Solar
If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint by having solar installed on your home or business, get in touch with our Redlands solar installation team at Sea Bright Solar. When you contact our team, we will take the time to understand your needs and desires and determine which system can benefit you most! In addition, we will provide you with an hour-long consultation for a solar analysis! We are passionate about keeping the environment safe, and we cannot wait to have you join our efforts.
Call Sea Bright Solar today, and find out how you can start saving money and reducing your carbon footprint right away!