CHANGE IS COMING...
Are you prepared for the transition to a low carbon world?
Have you ever thought about how your home or workplace is heated, how it is lighted, how all the computers and machines are powered?
The answer is probably not. But this is exactly what each one of us will need to do over the next 15 - 35 years. While energy prices globally remain depressed now is the best time to utilise these savings to guard against the future rises in energy costs and carbon taxes. It is now almost standard practice for governments across the world to consider taxing or capping carbon, and this will lead to an inevitable increase in costs for those who have not taken action in the area.
Three Key Areas
How we heat our buildings both in the domestic, enterprise and public sectors is increasingly an important area to reduce CO2 emissions, and one of the most cost effective. Better insulation, increased draft sealing, improved glazing, more efficient boilers, better control systems, apps for remote controls, solar power, biomass boilers, combined heat and power, etc. The list is endless to the ways we can and should improve how we heat our buildings.
Transport energy usage is increasing hugely on a global scale. From how we travel on our holidays to how we commute to work, sports, study or recreation, this all uses increasing amount of usually fossil based energy. The key areas to reduce this are in electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, improved efficiency of vehicles, how we travel (cycling) and reducing the need to travel (i.e. telecommuting). This really is the hardest area to tackle as we all love flying away to our holidays to discover new parts of the world and cars make our lives a whole lot easier.
For most of the past 150 years, our electricity has come from fossil fuels such as oil, coal, gas and turf. In the 1960 onwards nuclear came to offer hopes of cleaner and cheaper energy but this has also brought along additional risks. Since the 1980s renewables have increased and decreased but in the past few years have started to make real inroads into how our electricity is generated. In particular wind and solar have come down drastically in price, while also becoming better reliability-wise.
Visit https://energyelephant.com to learn more about how you can increase comfort levels, reduce energy costs and move towards cleaner energy.