“The use of solar energy offers huge potential for natural resource and climate protection, and for the expansion of renewable energies on the road to a future-oriented energy supply.” – Margareta Wolf
Is climate change relevant to us as individuals today? How important is the need to reduce our carbon footprint on the earth? And, what can we do to slow down the negative effects of global warming on our environment? Or, should we ignore scientists and “so-called” experts who keep on warning us about the negative effects of climate change on our world?
Global warming: What, why, and how?
Global warming is defined as the “long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system, an aspect of climate change shown by temperature measurements and by multiple effects of the warming.“
A solid example of global warming is the increase in the number of severe weather events that have occurred in the last couple of decades. Also, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was more active than originally predicted. Some of these events are:
- Super Typhoon Yutu: It was the “earth’s strongest storm of 2018” that blew through the US Pacific Territory. Furthermore, it has the reputation of being one of the most “intense hurricane strikes on record for the US and its territories.”
- Super Typhoon Mangkhut: This typhoon was a category 5 storm and slammed into the Philippines, Guam, and the South China around 14 September 2018. It caused widespread damage and caused thousands of people to be evacuated ahead of the typhoon.
- Hurricane Florence: This hurricane hit North and South Carolina in the first week of September 2018. It caused billions of USD in damage and thousands of people were evacuated ahead of the storm’s landing.
This it is clear to see why, according to NASA, “ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities.”
Harnessing solar power to reduce the use of fossil fuels
The burning of fossil fuels like coal to generate electricity plays a significant role in the fact that the earth’s temperature is rising. Therefore, the question that begs is how do we produce electricity and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time?
One of the best ways is to convert your home’s power source to use solar energy. Even installing a solar-powered geyser will make a substantial difference. In a nutshell, this means that solar panels will have to be installed on your house-roof facing the sun. And, these panels need to be connected to battery banks which will be housed inside your home. Finally, an electrician will install cabling to move your home’s primary power source to these battery banks.
It is vital to hire solar installation contractors who work neatly and do not leave tools and supplies lying around. And, you need consult with a Toledo WA personal injury attorney to ensure that your homeowner’s insurance is up to date and covers accidental injury while the contractors are on site.