Solar Power Savings

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Switching from coal to solar power could save thousands of lives, according to new research. (Photo credit: Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Transitioning from coal to solar power in the United States could prevent the premature death of nearly 52,000 Americans annually, according to a study recently published in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

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Society and the Environment: Solar Living

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The solar panels on each house use energy from the sun to produce electricity that is used to power appliances, lights, mechanical systems, and electronics.

What is it like to live in a house powered entirely by the sun’s energy? You might expect the house to lack some modern comforts—perhaps it would be cramped, unattractive, too cold during the winter, too hot during the summer, or dimly lit at night. And it’s sure to be expensive, right? These things are not always true, and none of these issues are the case if the house is a successful entry in the Solar Decathlon.

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