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What

Installing solar power to supply some or even all of the energy your home needs is one of the best ways to dramatically reduce your carbon pollution - on average around 1.5 tonnes of carbon a year. It can save you money over the long term, too.

Why

Unlike conventional forms of electricity generation, use of solar PV does not produce any pollution and doesn't depend on the extraction of oil, gas or coal. This means it can dramatically reduce your carbon pollution.

Installing solar has other benefits too. As an individual, installing solar power can lead to long-term savings that far outweigh the installation costs. Reducing your reliance on fossil fuels also helps ensure greater energy security - sufficient, affordable and consistent for you and the region you live in.

It’s important to note that the production of solar panels does generate some carbon pollution and involves hazardous and toxic substances. But when you consider their full lifetime, the pollution power of solar panels is far lower than that of most alternative energy forms.

How

First, you’ll need to ensure you have a location that can be used - such as a rooftop with lots of exposure to the sun. Then find an accredited installer in your region - many countries have organisations to set industry standards which can be a helpful resource. Get a few quotes, choose the one you like, and arrange an installation date.

References

Installing solar saves between 1.2 and 1.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year (UK data)
Energy Saving Trust

Step Impact calculations:

Energy Saving Trust “an average system will save around 1.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year”

Figures based on average British solar installation.