April 10, 2020
Going green. Attracting potential customers. Gaining the loyalty of current clients. Demonstrating to the public business ethics. Simply being more socially responsible.
While the motives for reducing a business’s carbon footprint vary, the simple truth is that approximately 10 million tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere each year. investing in solar energy is one of the most effective methods of reducing a business’s carbon footprint with an impressive return on investment.
Keep in mind that the average home used 10,932 kWh every year, or 8.5 tons of Carbon Dioxide, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Let’s put this jumble of numbers into relative terms. An average Honda Civic weighs 2800 pounds, or 1.4 tons. Above is a chart which gives this perspective to commercial air pollution. The average small business emits 11.6 to 23.3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. This equates launching 8 ¼ to 16 ½ Honda Civics into the atmosphere yearly! Naturally, no business owner would accept annually catapulting over a dozen Honda Civics’ worth of garbage into the air. Why then, is it commonly accepted to do so in terms of CO2 waste?
One might ask: “Wait, so I really won’t be polluting at all by installing solar panels?”
CO2 emissions in the production of solar panels taints the “Go Green” aspect of solar energy. According to Energy Bulletin, the “break even” point is three years, meaning that, in three years, solar panels produce the amount of energy required in their manufacturing. Therefore, during the next 27+ years of the panels’ life span, the solar energy system will be “carbon negative.”
Why invest in solar energy for your business? Do the benefits outweigh the cost?
Investing in solar energy is a cost effective, simple way of taking care of the environment, or, demonstrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSR has proven to help build a sustainable tomorrow and improves society while increasing sales, boosting customer interest, and establishing differentiation from competitors. This solar responsibility article explains more on the subject.
Established in 2010, Big Dog Solar is committed to bringing clean, renewable energy to businesses and homes while providing spectacular, individualized customer care. Big Dog Solar Energy understands that committing to an alternate power source, either to reduce cost or eliminate them entirely, is an important decision. Choosing a reliable solar energy provider requires gathering all the adequate information in order to make an educated decision. Click here for a portfolio of our work. We provide high-quality installations and differentiate ourselves from our competitors by providing a battery backup system that allows for reliable, consistent energy despite the climate.
**Sources: CO2 Emissions by size of business; Greenhouse equivalence calculator
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