Human-caused climate change is already having an impact on our environment. Severe storms, loss of sea ice, rising sea levels, and intense weather swings are becoming more common. Natural disasters can cause displacement, infrastructure damage, and cause food and supply shortages.
So, what can we do about it? Investing in alternate energy sources is one of the easiest methods we can use to combat climate change. It can enhance our way of living while helping heal the planet.
But, why are alternate energy sources so important? Keep reading, and we’ll tell you why you should start using clean energy sources.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Your carbon footprint is how much energy you use while living your life. Human activity adds carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. These gasses build up in the atmosphere and trap heat on earth, rather than releasing it back into space.
Trapping heat can lead to more intense storms and temperature swings. These swings result in environmental changes, sea level rises, and food shortages.
A large source of emissions comes from electricity. Fossil fuels and natural gas produce carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gasses.
Wind and solar power have little to no global warming emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint and still live your normal life.
Better Living Conditions
Happiness, health, access to food, water, and shelter all contribute to our quality of life. Poorer populations are more susceptible to the impact of climate change. Investing in renewable energy can improve everyone’s life.
Water and air pollution from natural gas and coal plants can impact the health of everyone. It can cause cancer, death, breathing problems, neurological problems, and more. Lack of clean air and water makes it difficult to do anything from going to school to just living your life.
Wind, hydroelectric, and solar clean energy options can still produce some air pollutants. But, their overall impact is far less than traditional energy sources.
Wind and solar have no water requirements and therefore will not pollute water sources. These energy sources won’t reduce the amount of drinking water available to the public. In contrast, coal and natural gas cause irreversible damage to water sources.
Importance of Sustainability
Coal, oil, and gas will run out eventually. When that runs out, we need to have a solution available that can last for a long time. Wind, sun, water, and heat from the earth are never-ending sources of energy that can keep societies thriving for centuries to come.
The systems used to distribute wind and solar power span out over larger areas with many machines. If one area fails, the other areas can easily continue providing energy. But, if a fossil fuel plant fails then millions of people will be without power.
The prices for clean energy are more stable than traditional energy sources. Renewable energy has low operation costs and there is a constant supply that cannot change based on politics or shortages. Fossil fuel, in contrast, changes prices based on lack of supply, demand, and social climate.
Installing solar panels in your home can reduce your energy cost in the long run. Experts estimate solar savings at around $1,000 or more. You will be helping your wallet and the environment at the same time!
Invest in Alternate Energy Sources Today!
Alternate energy sources can help reduce your carbon footprint, create a better living environment for everyone, and save money. Adopting these energy sources now can make the transition away from non-renewable energy sources easier.
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