The shift toward clean energy has become more prevalent in recent years and people are starting to make lifestyle changes and alter purchasing choices with the environment in mind. Between 2008 and 2014, residential, commercial and institutional rooftop solar increased more than 50% per year. Here are 4 benefits of solar roof installation and why it’s an advantageous investment.
Protects the environment
A solar roof combats greenhouse gas emissions, reduces collective dependence on fossil fuel and decreases air pollution. A solar roof does not create gas that contributes to climate change. It generates electricity without air or carbon pollution and uses little to no water to function. A solar roof protects the Earth and helps to keep the environment clean.
Air and water pollution is harmful to human health and affects the health of many individuals every year. Worldwide, more deaths are linked to air pollution than car accidents. Air pollution can cause aggravated asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung and heart diseases and respiratory allergies. By protecting the environment and reducing pollution, you make the environment a cleaner place to live and breathe (which in turn, decreases overall health care costs).
The price for household solar systems decreased in the U.S. by 45% from 2010 to 2014. Since 2008, the cost of solar panels dropped by 80%. A solar roof is a worthwhile investment that saves an average family $90 per month by reducing energy bills. Federal, state and local tax credits, rebates and additional support can help cut the cost of a solar investment, making it a more affordable choice for your business or family.
Influences economic development
Solar power, including roof solar, drives employment in the United States by providing jobs nationwide. In 2014, the U.S. solar industry employed more than 170,000 people. As of 2017, almost 251,000 individuals are employed by the solar industry. Between 2012 and 2017, solar employment grew by 110%. Job training programs have been established for the solar industry and companies are being built across the country.
A solar roof is a long-term investment that provides a multitude of benefits. Contact your local roofing company to speak to a professional regarding the advantages of solar energy and your installation options.