This month, we’ve discussed issues regarding greenhouse gases, greenhouse effect, climate change, global warming, fossil fuel, and other terms that have an impact on our environment. It is always best to understand these terms and learn what we can do to help our planet progress.

We live in era where we are fortunate to have alternative energy choices to become greener. Here, we will cover carbon footprint to understand what it is and the importance of switching to solar power.

Carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, or product that is expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

A lot of our daily activities such as driving, production and consumption of foods, fuels, manufactured goods, and generation of electricity release carbon dioxide. For instance, the engine of a car burns fuel as you drive creating a certain quantity of carbon dioxide, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. When you purchase food and goods, carbon dioxide is also released during the production stage. Heating your home with oil, gas or coal, and the electricity you use to power your home also partake in releasing carbon dioxide.

In our previous article, What are Greenhouse Gases?, we mentioned how electricity generated by fossil fuel creates 67 percent of greenhouse gases. That is a huge number! The good news is that we can use natural energy to change this. Thousands of homeowners are now adopting solar energy as their primary source of energy. Since, solar power utilizes rays of the sun to create electricity for your home, it allows for a cleaner and healthier environment.

It is also important, apart from installing a solar system, to improve your household’s insulation, window placement and shading to take complete advantage of natural energy.