Jun 6th, 2014
Fossil fuels such as gasoline/petrol, diesel, LPG, coal and natural gas power much of the modern world. These materials are burnt to release the energy contained in the carbon atomic bonds, but in doing so release harmful byproducts, such as CO2. Increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere act like an insulating layer, trapping heat like a greenhouse, causing Global Warming.
By using renewable energy sources such as Solar Hot Water, Solar PV, Hydro and Geothermal, reliance on fossil fuels can be greatly reduced. For the average household, water heating accounts for around 30% of CO2 emissions. Installing a solar water heater can provide between 50-90% of a household's water heater energy needs and so reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20%.
Understanding Climate Change
How Much can Solar Help?
Installing an Apricus solar collector can reduce CO2 emissions as much as planting 380 trees or driving 10,000 fewer km (6250miles) each year.
1. Solar collector CO2 saving 1500 kg / 3300 lbs per year, calculated based on 2500kWh output per AP-30 collector per year and 0.6kg / 1.3lbs of CO2 per kWh grid electricity offset (Source).
2. Midsized modern car CO2 output of 150gm per km / 0.33lbs per mile (Source).
3. A medium growth coniferous tree, planted in an urban setting and allowed to grow for 10 years, considering survival factors, sequesters 39kg / 85lbs CO2 (Source).
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