Traditional power sources that provide electricity and convenience to your home are not conducive to the environment. Coal slurry, carbon emissions, and nuclear waste are a few of the unfortunate by-products that come from generating the energy that powers the modern life. Many of these energy sources are also in increasingly short supply which increases their cost to the consumers.
Solar energy, while still in its infancy, can assist in addressing all of these concerns. It is cleaner than fossil fuels and more sustainable. This means that there is no limit on its quantity or its potential. It is also cheaper than traditional fuels once the initial investment is made in equipment and labor. Solar power can be used on large scales or smaller ones, such as your own home.
Solar energy is by far the most environmentally friendly form of alternative energy that is available to humans. While there are others that show promise, only solar energy has an unlimited source (the sun!) and produces no additional pollutants beyond the manufacturing of the equipment itself.
Another unavoidable reason for you to supplement your energy needs with solar power is national security considerations. For example, the United Kingdom is importing a significant percentage of the fossil fuel material that it needs in order to provide the country with power. It is not inconceivable that this reliance on outside countries might one day prove detrimental to the security and autonomy of the nation.
Currently, only 1 percent of the country’s power comes from renewable sources such as wind or solar. 17% of power in 2015 came from coal, possibly one of the most environmentally damaging of all. If each one of the citizens would do their share in seeking out alternative forms of energy for their needs, these numbers could go down even faster then they are doing now.