July 7, 2022 (Investorideas.com Newswire) If you're not familiar with it, solar energy is something that might seem out of the norm. Many of us still think of it as something only the most environmentally friendly of people use, but it's becoming more and more popular for a variety of purposes. This even includes streetlamps!
Why does this matter, though? Is it an important thing to learn about or to prioritize? As we careen further into undeniable levels of climate change, switching to more earth-friendly and renewable energy sources is critical in stopping (and reversing, to some extent) the damage that has been done.
Understanding Solar Energy
While the name certainly gives you the basics, energy provided by the sun, it is a bit more complicated than that. If we were to harvest this energy in earnest, we would easily be able to power the world entirely using it - though realistically this doesn't seem possible right now. Still, it's a great resource that we should tap into.
We can collect this power from the sun using specialized equipment such as mirrors that can focus radiation or photovoltaic panels (otherwise known as PV). Once this is done, it can be stored in something like batteries or be turned into electricity. It's a clean way of gathering electricity without needing fossil fuels.
You have probably heard of or seen the PV panels. Often, they are on top of a home or other building in sunny areas. They are not always an option for places that don't get much sun - so, if you have more cloudy days than sunny ones, other sources of green energy might suit you better.
Regarding the benefits of this energy source, it can help reduce overall electricity costs and lessen strain on the grids that keep everyone connected. How can this concept be applied, though? Why is it important?
Why Going Green is Important
One of the biggest buzz words we hear nowadays is "sustainability." What does that mean? Well, in this context, it's doing business and operating in our lives without having a significant negative impact on the environment around us. If you want to learn more, I suggest checking out this resource: https://online.maryville.edu/blog/importance-of-environmental-awareness-when-running-a-business/.
Why should we care about living sustainably, though? Of course, there are a few reasons. The first one I'll touch upon is the fact that it can lead to a higher quality of living for a lot of people across the world. A surprising amount of health issues can be caused by environmental factors. This includes but is not limited to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (usually called COPD), asthma, strokes, and cardiovascular disease.
If we reduce harmful emissions into our atmosphere, these risks can be mitigated. While something like asthma can't be cured, we can at least do our best to reduce any further harm to our lungs. This isn't all, of course.
Many people have the common misperception that going green is more expensive than not, but in the long-term it actually helps us save money. This is particularly true when it comes to light bulbs or energy efficient appliances. Swapping to LED bulbs can lower an electricity bill!
If we decide to shop sustainably for our food, as well, we generally get healthier items. Try to prioritize buying locally and organically. Also, if we get crops that are in season, there is less of a chance that it has been shipped around. Additionally, organic foods won't have pesticides on them that can result in some health issues for us if we consume them often enough.
Obviously, there are positives beyond what serves our own purposes. First of all, it helps to conserve natural resources that are depleting at rapid rates. The main thing I think of is coal or oil, but they aren't the only ones.
Recycling is another way to conserve those resources. This is mostly true when it comes to paper and plastic products. We have to harvest a lot of lumber each year to produce enough paper for the world. Recycling the used pieces can save a lot of those trees!
Finally, just remember that living sustainably can let you do your part in slowing down climate change. The end goal is to stop it all together. If you reduce your own carbon emissions, even by a fraction, you're making a difference.
Solar Energy in Public Spaces
So, how can the electricity we get from the sun be used in our public spaces? One of the ways is via the solar street light pole, which are a growing part of infrastructure for cities and towns. They are not connected to an electrical grid like traditional streetlamps are.
Rather, they use the sun's rays to generate their light. Some places we can utilize them are along highways, on streets, in security, and in parking lots, just to name a few. If there is a power outage, they will remain lit. This can help to provide safety and security to anyone walking alone at night.
Now, some people worry about the durability of them. This technology can get pricey sometimes, so having to replace it often wouldn't be favorable. However, thankfully they can last up to twenty years if they are maintained properly.
The variety of materials that can be used in them is a part of this. You could opt for aluminum, steel, concrete, or fiber composite. If you're not sure, you can always consider consulting with an expert for their advice.
We all play a part in protecting our planet. A large part of this is worrying about climate change and the negative effects it is having on our ecosystems. There are plenty of ways that we can help, though.
One such is using solar energy, as I've detailed above. Hopefully, more cities and businesses decide to use light poles powered by the sun. We can also get panels for our own homes to generate electricity as well - it can even serve as a backup source during a blackout!
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