- April 7, 2018
- Posted by: Havenhill Synergy Solar
- Category: Blog
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOLAR ENERGY
We know a lot about the environmental benefits of solar energy. You’d be shocked at the fact that there are also health benefits of solar energy. Solar power is fast becoming the go-to means of generating power as well as other forms of renewable energy around the world.
Going solar brings positive changes to lives of individuals and communities. It helps to reduce cost on electricity bills, preserves the environment and improves general health. Here are some health benefits of solar energy:
Lower risks of respiratory diseases
The erratic power supply in Nigeria has caused homeowners to seek alternate sources of power supply. Most have opted for generators which cause more harm than good. According to a report, between 2008 and 2014, over 10,000 people died as a result of inhalation of fumes from electricity generating sets (generators).
Solar energy results in very few air pollutants like nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide etc. With the use of solar energy, the quality of air is improved thereby reducing the risks of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia amongst others. According to WHO, 26% of childhood deaths and 25% of the total disease burden in children under five could be prevented through the reduction of environmental risks such as air pollution, unsafe water, sanitation and inadequate hygiene or chemicals.
Lower risks of Water-borne or water-related diseases
According to Ecomark, coal produces the largest amount of mercury emissions into the air that eventually makes their way into streams, lakes and oceans. Aquatic animals like fish are affected. This is why EPA has advised mothers especially, against eating some kind of fish. Eating fish contaminated with mercury can cause irreversible neurological damage.
The use of solar energy generally helps reduce these water pollutants and the risk of neurological damage in your home and your community. Waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, diarrhoea, hepatitis and more caused by drinking contaminated energy can be reduced by solar energy through solar-powered boreholes like in Kigbe Community and Dakwa Community.
Lower risks of vision problems
With regards to health, the use of solar energy also reduces the risks of compromised visual health. The use of energy efficient bulbs and solar lamps instead of kerosene lamps and candles encourages better studying and better eyesight.