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Sunshine on My Shoulder: Part III of AAT’s Clean Energy Series
On December 3, 2009 @ 4:38 pm In All Articles
By Christie Chapman
Ask a child to draw a picture of a happy day, and you can expect that child to crayon a bright yellow sun smiling down from the sky. Golden sunlight drenches many of our happiest memories, from summers at the beach to childhood adventures in the back yard. It’s a source of vitamin D and an instant mood booster. It sets photosynthesis in motion, nourishing plants, animals and us (as long as we remember to wear sunscreen).
For those of us with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions, it’s an idea worth exploring: Wouldn’t it be nice if sunlight could also replace the air-polluting, grimy, non-renewable, ozone-depleting energy sources that the world currently relies on? Fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil supply most the U.S.’s energy needs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Converting clean, abundant sunlight into energy is a pleasant thought—but is this seemingly utopian notion too good to be true? What are the facts about solar power? How practical is it? The Clean Energy Ideas website, www.clean-energy-ideas.com , provides a helpful, user-friendly overview.
Overall: Solar energy is clean and, over the long run, cost-efficient. Many people are put off by the currently high initial cost of installing solar panels. However, new and more efficient solar panel designs are making solar energy an ever more viable option for homes and businesses.
First published: Allergy & Asthma Today, December 2009
Medical Review by Cathy Boutin and Andrea Holka
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URL to article: http://www.aanma.org/2009/12/sunshine-on-my-shoulder-part-iii-of-aat%e2%80%99s-clean-energy-series/
URLs in this post:
 www.clean-energy-ideas.com: http://www.clean-energy-ideas.com/
 Clean Energy Series, Part 2: On the Wind and a Prairie: http://www.aanma.org/2009/10/clean-energy-on-the/
 Maximize the Mist – Keep Inhalers Clean, Primed and Ready: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/maximize-the-mist-keep-inhalers-clean-primed-and-ready/
 Easy on the Eyes: Keep Them Clean, Clear and Comfortable: http://www.aanma.org/2010/04/easy-on-the-eyes-keep-them-clean-clear-and-comfortable/
 Poll: Clean Air at Home, School, Work and Play: http://www.aanma.org/2011/07/poll-clean-air-at-home-school-work-and-play/
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