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The environmental impact of using solar panels

It may be difficult to understand how one person going solar can help save the planet. After all, there’s 7.6 billion people in the world and only one you. But when you start considering how fast solar production is growing in the United States and elsewhere, the cumulative efforts of all in adopting clean, renewable energy produced by solar panels can help shrink the world’s carbon footprint.

For example, the Solar Energy Industries Association wrote in a June 2018 report that nearly 56 gigawatts (that’s 56 billion watts) of total solar capacity have now been installed in the U.S., which is enough to power 10.7 million homes. In that same report, the total installed photovoltaic capacity in the U.S. is expected to more than double over the next five years. Couple those numbers with other countries throughout the globe, and you start to see how building the clean energy movement can make a difference.

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Another big positive in going solar is that it’s a nod to utilizing technology to power our world instead of nonrenewable fuel sources. What happens with any technological breakthrough? Prices go down, and when that happens, technology gets into the hands of more people. Think about what you paid for your first high-definition television, and look at what those same televisions cost now. HD TVs are no longer luxuries, but standard fare for consumers. That’s why solar is becoming more popular. More people can afford it.

Meanwhile, the use of fossil fuels contributes to the size of our carbon footprint, and that can be significantly reduced with the aid of solar panels. For every percentage point of solar energy used to power your home, you reduce the estimated pounds of carbon dioxide produced by the same percentage. So if you have solar energy offsetting 50 percent of your home’s total electricity usage, that means you’re producing half as many pounds of carbon dioxide. Those are real, tangible wins for future generations. And even in the short term, you stand to financially benefit from going green.

With Power Home Solar’s innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.

Please feel free to fill out the form below or contact Power Home at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.

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