Whilst it is really important that we all try to reduce our energy usage it is equally important that we endeavour to increase our use of renewable energy by either producing our own, with the community or even just by switching to a renewable energy provider such as Good Energy or Ecotricity.
Save Energy – Save Money – Help the Environment
‘The Energy Saving Trust estimates that households in the UK waste around 8% of their electricity bill on standby power alone – that’s about £30 a year for an average household…’ ‘Customers have typically saved 5 to 15% in the first year of owning a monitor…’
Green Wedmore Carbon Challenge
I believe there is no escaping the simple fact that humans (especially in the rich countries of the West) are emitting far too much CO2 for the planet to cope with without a rapidly escalating temperature rise occurring. To me ‘doing my bit’ means doing a lot more than just recycling glass bottles and having a few low energy lightbulbs. We all need to make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of CO2 we emit by reducing our ‘carbon footprint’. The Stern report, published in October 2006, gave us 10 years to make that difference to reduce the worst effects of the changing climate. The clock is ticking for us to all make that change.
Our Green Deal in Somerset
As you know, having a home that is energy efficient is the first key step to reducing your domestic carbon emissions, keeping your house warmer in the winter and even cooler in the summer. The Green Deal is a new project designed to make an energy efficient home cheaper and easier to achieve.
This scheme is now closed and the Green Deal scheme was cancelled by the Government in 2015.
Producing your own electricity or hot water can be a great way of reducing your carbon footprint (although it should always follow installing as much insulation as practical into your house).