Many people have heard the term “carbon footprint” and have some idea that reducing their carbon footprint is a way to help the environment. But what exactly is a carbon footprint, and what specifically can people do to reduce it? Our New Jersey solar installers at Sea Bright Solar have answered a few frequently asked questions about carbon footprints and how installing a solar energy system can help businesses and homeowners reduce theirs.
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases that are indirectly or directly produced by human activities. This amount is expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide, or CO2.
What actions contribute to a person’s carbon footprint?
Greenhouse gases are emitted through things like the construction of buildings and roads, the manufacturing of goods, the consumption of fuels, the clearing of land, and other activities. On a more individual level, people contribute to their carbon footprints through everyday activities such as using the dryer or using an air conditioner or heater to cool or heat their homes. The common thread in all of these activities is that they all involve some form of energy. Since solar panels harness energy from the sun, a solar panel system can help a person reduce their carbon footprint.
Can solar panels reduce your carbon footprint?
Yes! Solar panels gather energy naturally from the sun, making them one of the greenest and most sustainable sources of energy. Solar systems are also long lasting, producing clean energy for at least three decades. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also reduces your reliance on traditional energy sources long-term, which in turn reduces your impact on the environment.
Interested in adding solar panels to your home or business? Contact Sea Bright Solar to schedule an hour-long solar analysis with a New York and New Jersey solar installer. We are passionate about safeguarding the environment and doing what we can to help make our world a greener and better place. Call today to learn more about the many benefits to switching to solar power: (732) 253-4052.