The Public Health Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar energy reduces our need for fossil fuels. This not only saves our environment and our wallet, but it can also save our health. Fossil fuels dump harmful pollutants into our air and water supplies, which in turn can cause a variety of health issues such as asthma or bronchitis. By investing in cleaner energy, though, we can reduce the amount of pollution while improving our health.

Improved air qualityThe Public Health Benefits of Solar Energy

As we said, fossil fuels dump many harmful pollutants into our air supply. These pollutants include chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide which can lead to severe respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and chronic respiratory disease. They can also cause serious cardio health issues such as heart attacks or strokes.

And improved water quality

Just as pollutants get into our air, they also get into our water supply. Coal, for example, produces a lot of mercury which makes its way into the ground, then from there, into our water supply. Mercury-contaminated fish and water can cause neurological damage in pregnant women and young children, so much so that the EPA recommends women and young children limit their consumption of some fish.

Reduced water scarcity

There are two ways solar energy can protect our water supply. The first is reducing the amount of pollutants, the second is ensuring we have enough water to keep us alive. According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, solar energy can help reduce water scarcity. Additionally, it can also help with the global water crisis by using solar power to clean untreated surface water that more than 159 million around the world still rely on.

By reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, solar energy can completely transform our society. So why not join in on the trend? If you’re thinking about getting solar power for your home or business, give Empire Clean Energy Supply a call today to get started.