Hearts sink with the thought of firefighters doing their best to put out the flames of wildfires across the west. Our hazy valley isn’t only from the large fires set ablaze in the west though.
Pollution In the Utah Valley – How Solar Helps
When you can’t see the mountains on the other side of the valley more often than not it is actually due to pollution. In Utah there are two major pollutants; these include ozone and particulate matter (PM).
When Is Ozone A Problem In Utah: Summer Pollution
Although we need oxygen to breath too much can cause problems. Ozone has a higher concentration of oxygen. In the ozone layer of the upper atmosphere this is great, but not when ozone is at ground level.
Ground level ozone is a pale blue gas with a distinct smell. It can cause health problems especially for those that already have lung issues.
Ozone on the ground has seven categorized causes. Of these categories, there are three main contributors. These include emissions from biogenic, mobile, and fuel combustion.
How Particulate Matter Affects Utah: Winter Pollution
In the winter months, particulate matter is the main cause of pollution. Particulate matter is an airborne mixture of solid particles with a liquid.
There are eight different emissions that cause this issue. The main cause of particulate matter, however, is dust.
What Utah Has Done To Prevent Air Pollution
Utah has been aware of our air pollution issues and over the past several years has made progress. The 2017 Utah division of air quality report shows that Utah ozone and PM pollution has declined. It is even more impressive when you compare the population increase to the emission decrease.
(created by Utah Division of Air Quality)
Utah has gone out of its way to make sure that residents are aware when air quality is low. It also has several programs in place that diminish air pollution. Our local government can’t, however, make people change.
The Cause Of Utah’s Pollution Issues
The Standard-Examiner found three areas make the largest contribution to Utah’s pollution. These include transportation at 48 percent, area sources (homes and small businesses) at 39 percent and industry at 13 percent. This means that the majority of pollution comes from running our homes and driving our cars.
It is easy to blame others, but when the numbers point back to individual residents it’s hard to deny. Utahns need to take responsibility if they want their air quality to improve. So what can you do to help reduce pollution in Utah?
Solar Coming To The Rescue: Make A Difference
Keeping track of your energy consumption is a tedious task. With solar, however, you are able to make a difference without having to turn off all the lights and carpool to work.
Decrease Area Source Pollution With Residential Solar
When you get a solar array for your home you are not only eliminating your power bill but making a difference too. Solar decreases the use of fossil fuels to power your home. Fossil fuel consumption is the reason why homes make up 39 percent of Utah’s pollution.
Pollution gets emitted during the manufacturing of solar panels. These emissions, however, are outweighed by the environmental benefits over 25 plus years. The SEIA has found that solar reduces 70 million tons of CO2 each year.
Solar And Electric Vehicles
Lately, the push for electric and hybrid vehicles has been felt by everyone. Many car brands have come out with their own electric and hybrid models.
With the emergence of electric vehicles has come in home charging stations. And for those that install solar they don’t have to worry about the fossil fuels burned to charge their car.
If you would like to learn more about solar filling out our Utah solar home forum is the first step. Our representatives will help you determine if your home is a good fit and set you up with a free consultation.