In 2015, the United States generated around 4 trillion kWh of electricity, 67% of which was from fossil fuels. That's 2,680,000,000,000 kWh of electricity from coal and natural gas. Only 13% of our electricity was produced by renewable sources, and only 0.6% by solar power. Luckily, that number is growing rapidly. Help us let go of our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.
When we burn coal for electricity and drill for natural gas, we place our health, our environment, and our planet at risk.
The use of fossil fuels is harmful in multiple ways. First, is just when we extract them from the Earth. Fossil fuels have been regularly implicated in devastating natural disasters, like the oil spills of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, or the Exxon Valdez (from which it took sea otters 25 years to recover to pre-1989 levels). No less horrific were the more recent Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment, or the devastating coal ash spills in Tennessee and North Carolina’s Dan River. In the case of natural gas, it is hard to contain and constantly leaks from the wells we drill, putting methane, a greenhouse gas with a 34x worse global warming potential than CO2, directly into the atmosphere.
The more common and well known downside to fossil fuels is through their burning. Our electricity generation with these fossil fuels leads to massive amounts of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere, and consequently heating our planet. Most people don't know that burning coal also emits sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and particulate matter, which cause everything from acid rain to lung cancer.
The sun delivers more energy to Earth every 90 minutes than the entire human population uses in a year. And while some of the top solar states are also the sunniest – California, Arizona, North Carolina – almost every region of North America receives enough sunlight to make home solar worthwhile. Recent research has shown that not only is there plenty of solar potential in snowy climates, but that cold-weather states like New Jersey and Massachusetts are among the leaders in home solar installations.
Generating your own electricity with a solar system reduces your consumption of fossil fuels, therefore minimizing the emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases.
We make it easy to get solar today. Start saving money and the environment. Stop the pollution and change the world to a place where you can satisfy all your energy needs, including your home, electric car, and pool from solar.Move to cleaner, renewable energy today.
The average home solar system will offset 178 tons of carbon dioxide over 30 years*. That's like:
Saving the amount of fuel it takes to drive 390,300 miles, which would get you around the equator about 15.7 times.
Planting 10 football fields full of trees.
Conserving so much water used in electricity production that it would fill 6.7 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Eliminating the need to burn 174,907 pounds of coal.