We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the benefits of solar panels in Colorado, whether it’s the energy savings that they provide for homeowners or the independence from fossil fuels that they afford the state’s electricity infrastructure. But one aspect of this issue that doesn’t get enough attention is how solar power can also benefit public health. It’s important to remember that in addition to emitting carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change, burning natural gas and coal also emits particulate matter that is harmful to peoples’ lungs and allergies. Data published in Scientific American reveals that particle emissions are estimated to cause 59,000 cases of acute bronchitis and 603,000 asthma attacks every year. This doesn’t take into account the fact that mining for coal and drilling for natural gas are both very dangerous operations. While fatality rates have declined over time, it is still the case that these professions lead to many injuries and deaths, not to mention long-term health problems for those who work in the field. Solar power has none of these risks, nor does it produce the kind of emissions that result in serious public health crises. By switching to solar power, you can help reduce the amount of electricity that is derived from coal and natural gas, all while saving thousands of dollars on your electricity bills. If you’re interested in finding out more about the advantages of this technology, contact Golden Solar today! We can perform an on-site consultation for you to figure out the best configuration of panels for your home. Once the system is installed, we can also handle all of your permitting paperwork to make sure that you can claim net metering benefits on your energy bills!