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RUNNING HEAD: SWITCHING TO SOLAR ENERGY1Switching to Solar Energy in Residential HomesDanielle MeyerSCI-218 Natural ResourcesInstructor Asma WasimAugust 3, 2019In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the B.S. degreein the Department of Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University, 2019
Switching to Solar Energy in Residential Homes2IntroductionThe topic I chose to cover for my final project is switching my household to solar energy.I selected this topic because my house does not use fossil fuels but instead runs solely on electricity. I am interested in learning about solar energy to transition my home from relying on electricity to a more environmentally friendly choice.Solar power is a renewable resource and is a very clean form of energy. In the United States, it is a very costly investment, and incentives, laws, and regulations vary by state. On the other hand, the environment will benefit from residential and commercial switches to solar power, or any other renewable, clean, resource. This paper reflects on the historical and contemporary viewpoints of solar power, local real-world applications and specific steps, as well as global significance, impact, and applications.Solar is important for American society because it gives America an opportunity to develop their solar industry and the solar market throughout the country. It can learn from Germany and offer feed-in tariffs to push the solar industry within the country. America is a vast country with many different landscapes. Between the flat plains in the Midwest, and the many farms in the east, like Pennsylvania, there are plenty of opportunities to invest in solar.It is important to both American society and globally because it is renewable. The sun’s energy is not disappearing any time soon, which makes solar energy a viable option as an energy choice. The sun offers enough energy to power all the globe’s energy needs. It also does not release any harmful emissions into the air, which helps the planet generally.History and Contemporary Viewpoint
Switching to Solar Energy in Residential Homes3The impact of solar energy has been an influence on humanity since the early ancient civilizations. Humans took advantage of the sun to benefit their lives. One of the first documented uses of humans using solar energy is in China’s history. In 4000 BC, the Chinese people built their homes facing south, letting the sun warm their homes in the winter months. In the summer months, their homes applied special roofs to block the sun’s energy (Austin, R., 2019). By 2000 BC, homes and streets in ancient Chinese cities were laid out in an east to west fashion to allow the sun’s energy to enter south-facing homes. Ancient Greek civilizations also adopted China’s south-facing home strategy. East to west roads were created, and homes absorbed the sun’s heat. Romans also adapted to using solar energy. Not only did ancient Romans take advantage of the sun’s energy to heat and light their homes, but they also used

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