Baker Electric Celebrates Healthy Lung Month: Take A Deep Breath For The Sun!

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Along with the American Lung Association, Baker Electric Solar celebrated Healthy Lung Month in October in an effort to draw attention to issues pertaining to a cleaner environment and your health. Among other technologies, Solar Powered Energy has been established by the EPA as providing a clear alternative to the burning of fossil fuels, which is a primary contributor to harmful CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. San Diego solar panels offer a clean alternative and, as such, provide an opportunity for individuals to make a personal contribution to a cleaner environment. Just imagine doing your part for cleaner air!

Basic Science

The EPA has determined that in 2010 alone, CO2 emissions from human activities “accounted for approximately 84% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” Since 2010, it has only increased. And while carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring process as a part of the earth’s carbon cycle, it is human actions that are responsible for the preventable unhealthy increase in CO2 emissions. What accounts for this ‘human increase’? Since the early days of the industrial revolution, human use due to the combustion of fossil fuels in the form of coal, natural gas and oil to provide energy is the primary culprit.

What Can An Individual Do To Reduce CO2 Emissions?

There are a number of things individuals can do to reduce their own carbon footprint, from adopting aggressive recycling practices to buying energy efficient cars. Additionally, homeowners are in an ideal position to make an even greater contribution to reducing fossil fuel energy consumption. Solar powered energy is one of several green technologies available for just such conservation for the homeowner. San Diego solar panels mounted on the roof can generate electricity, as well as provide heat for both air and water in the home, thereby reducing fossil fuel dependence (and CO2 emissions) with the added bonus of lowering your electric bills in the process.

Electricity and Heating

In simple terms, solar panels use photovoltaic cells that generate electric current, which is then converted to power appliances and lights in the home. While each solar panel’s output is dependent on manufacturer’s specifications, each panel will indicate watt generation under ideal conditions. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the average home requires 10 to 20 solar panels to provide energy throughout the day.

Additionally, many people buying San Diego solar panels use this green energy source to generate heat for their homes. This is done by creating a southern-faced, black ‘trombe’ wall on which the panels are mounted approximately an inch away from the wall’s surface. With the wall absorbing the sun’s heat, which is then passed through the insulated air chamber, the heat radiates inward for usage. Some people opt to install an active solar system that pumps air or water through roof-mounted collectors to force hot air throughout the home.

Cleaning The Air One Household At A Time

What a cleaner planet it would be if all homes were equipped with solar powered energy. Think of the CO2 that could be reduced from human beings in the southern California area alone. Another tremendous benefit to San Diego solar panels is that besides reducing fossil fuel emissions, they cost nothing to operate. Once they have been installed, solar collectors absorb and convert the sun’s energy, requiring no moving parts or incurring added fuel costs. For all these reasons, Baker Electric Solar supports Healthy Lung Month in an effort to protect the environment and reduce CO2 emissions by supplying cleaner energy one household at a time.