Earth, it’s the only home we have. Even so, it’s shocking to see how poorly we treat the planet. We’ve built our modern day society off of crude fossil fuels like petroleum, natural gas and coal. 80 percent of the U.S.’s energy consumption is based off of these types of crude energy resources; they heat our homes, fuel our cars, generate electricity, etc. The other thing fossil fuels do is emit high level of carbon dioxide emissions, which results in greenhouse gasses…the very thing that creates global warming. And no, global warming is not a myth. We are changing the face of the planet, and it’s not for the better.
Our growing population is demanding larger quantities of non-sustainable, quick energy than ever before. We are depleting our crude energy resources while simultaneously harming the plant. Lets switch our attention away from crude energy and towards renewable energy resources— like solar power. Over the course of 30 years, a single home can offset up to 178 tons of carbon…multiply that by other households across the country and throughout the world and we can improve so much! A solar home is a green home, which happens to also bring some extra cash into your pocket. With solar, you can reduce your overall utility costs by up to 40%
Check out this detailed infographic by See.Solar to see why pollution matters. The reality of the situation is completely shocking. In case you do make the switch to solar, know that there is a Residential Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that provides a 30% tax credit on residential solar systems. This incentive won’t be around forever— it ends on December 31st, 2016! On January 1st, 2017, the Residential Solar Investment Tax Credit will no long be available; however, there will be a remaining commercial tax credit (which will be reduced to 10 percent).