There’s a lot of talk right now about harmful emissions and their impact on the environment but do you truly know the extent and damage it does to our planet? As the ozone layer depletes, it literally forms a hole in the layer. This hole allows for harmful ultraviolet rays to enter Earth’s atmosphere. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are associated with a wide range of health and environmental issues.
Did you know that the idea of solar energy started way back in 1873? 143 years ago, William Adams discovered that when selenium is exposed to sunlight, it produces electricity. Fast forward 80 years later, and the first commercial solar cells were born! At that time in 1956, solar cost was far from the reasonable price it is today at a staggering $300 for a 1 watt solar cell. In 1956, the common person originally started seeing solar in small toys and radios. Another interesting fact about solar in the 1950’s and 1960’s is that it was a major tool in the USA vs. Soviet space race program.
Do you truly know what causes your electric bill to be so much higher in the summer months than any other time of the year? It’s interesting when you break it down and truly see how each little piece adds up to make your electric bill a big number. This blog will help provide you with some tips and tricks on trimming back your bill and how solar energy is one of the best solutions to beat the heat this summer.
The United States is now home to more than 2 million solar installations. After 40 years of work to get to 1 million customers on board, the industry has doubled its growth in just the last 3 years. This impressive growth has reshaped energy conversation in America. It is believed by many that by the 2020’s, solar energy will be the dominate source of power. Early projections and forecasts have solar energy up to 3 million installations by 2021 and 4 million in 2023. In fact, by 2024, there will be on average one solar installation per minute.
Coal used to be one of our most reliable and dependable resource on the planet. However, recent research and technology has discovered that the use of coal causes illness and death. Global usage of coal coal causes 800,000 premature deaths each and every year. Even the process of coal mining and coal fueling of power stations can cause major environmental damage. Coal is the largest contributor to the human-made increase of CO2, totaling 40% just from that source.
49 years ago, the first ever Earth Day was implemented in a global effort to protect the environment. At the time, only around 3.5 billion people populated the earth. Today, more than 7 billion do! unfortunately, this increase in population has also lead to an increase in gas emissions as well. It’s time to be honest with ourselves and begin to realize that our world is in real danger. Each day, the earth suffers a little more from our careless ways and neglect toward the planet.