A simple approach to combating climate change and sea level rise is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. There are a variety of ways that homeowners can lower their energy use and demand for fossil fuels, but for some people, demand for energy isn’t as elastic. Business owners often require a certain amount of energy in order to maintain their livelihood and meet the needs of their customers. But, for people like this, sourcing clean renewable energy from wind and solar infrastructure can mitigate the consequences of the fossil fuels used to produce electricity.
Reduce Your Bill and Your Footprint
Our average customer uses around 600 kWh of electricity every month in their home. This is about the equivalent of 1,011 miles in an average passenger vehicle or burning 450 pounds of coal. That’s almost half of a metric ton of CO2 per month. This demand for energy, when met with supply from the fossil fuel industry, puts immense stress on our atmosphere, threatening human health and risk of expensive sea level rise. Fortunately, onshore wind farms are the fastest growing renewable energy source globally. With the average wind farm producing 833 MW of electricity, reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions is becoming more possible every day. It has been estimated that the U.S. has the capacity for 8,000 GW of land-based, wind-sourced energy.
While wind cannot currently meet our nation’s entire demand for electricity, innovations in solar technology are bringing us closer to reducing carbon emissions and stabilizing our global temperatures and sea level. Solar infrastructure in the U.S. currently has about a 30 GW capacity or the ability to power over 5 million American homes. Solar energy has incredible potential though. Just .6% of U.S. land area, if used for solar infrastructure, could generate enough energy to power the entire country. With the U.S. being the leading, per capita emitter of CO2, solar implementation has the potential to greatly mitigate the effects of climate change. There are high costs currently associated with solar energy but rapid technological innovations are making implementation less expensive and more widespread.
We are already seeing the effects of global climate change and you can be sure that with this growing awareness, renewable energy will continue to improve and become more affordable to consumers and businesses. A carbon neutral future is within reach and you can do your part by using less energy and sourcing the energy you do use from renewables like wind and solar.
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