Green deal assesments in Manchester

Sustainable Living

Two very useful PDFs for help and guidance on sustainable living:
Energy-Saving-Tips.pdf
Powering-the-Nation.pdf

Why the Green Agenda?

Carbon Footprint

One in four UK households now live in fuel poverty, meaning they need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy to keep warm. We need to help improve the energy efficiency of vulnerable properties so less energy is consumed and less money is wasted. Fuel poverty is increasing and with the continuing rise in fuel bills, fuel poverty is an issue that requires our full attention.

Three quarters of the energy we use in our homes is for heating our rooms and water, most of which comes from gas-fired boilers. The Climate Change Act 2008 legislated for a reduction in our carbon emissions, compared to 1990 by 80% by 2050. It set legally-binding carbon budgets for our country for the next.

When we take into account the expected levels of population growth means that each person in the UK will need to have a carbon footprint that is about one fifth the size of their current footprint! 

Solutions

Green Deal / ECO – the Green Deal is a driving force to promote the low carbon agenda and encouraging home owners to invest into ensuring their houses are well insulated and improving the energy efficiency of their home and thereby reducing their carbon footprint and reducing the cost on their energy bills. ECO will concentrate on the vulnerable households and try to reduce the issue of fuel poverty and help people who struggle to adequately heat their homes and help safeguard against the ever increasing energy bills.

Solar PV - the new government has recently set a target of 20GW of solar power to be installed by 2020, the solar PV market will see a big drive for demand over the next few years, particularly with the introduction of the Green Deal market. Solar PV can still attract good returns on investment, with fully financed options available, get in touch for more information.

Solar Thermal Heating – the demand to rise with the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), through financial incentives, encouraging the uptake of renewable heating technologies.

Electric Heat Pumps - the demand to rise with the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) through financial incentives, encouraging the uptake of renewable heating technologies.

Electric Cars - an emerging market in the transport industry. Electric vehicles will soon retail at the same price as an equivalent diesel Running costs and are roughly 20% lower than an equivalent combustion vehicle since electricity costs much less than petrol. Maintenance costs are half those of an equivalent combustion vehicle because electric motors require less servicing and electric motors offer similar levels of performance as that of gasoline and diesel cars. Electric cars are easily recharged at home, at special terminals in parking lot areas and at “quickdrop”, battery swap stations. Electric vehicles are in phase with current public issues. They are silent and because they emit no CO2, or any polluting emissions for that matter, they also respect the environment.

Smart Grids – with rising demand, ageing LV network and with the introduction of electric cars, rising solar PV connections, electric heat pumps, we need to use what we have got smarter! To do this we need smart meters working on a smart grid. All UK households are to have smart meters installed by 2020.

Smart living - thinking about energy differently. How do you consume energy and how do your behavioural patterns shape you energy usage and carbon footprint? Using a Smart Meter in the home can give feedback on the energy usage in the household and provide valuable information on how much and where the energy usage is being used in the household. Smart meters will help make the lost connection between energy usage and the financial burden energy costs and the continuing rise of energy costs we experience year on year. We need to re-think how we use energy and live smarter and embrace the full concept of what Green Energy Living strives to be.

How would you change the energy market to reduce the carbon emissions to meet the carbon reduction targets? Why not have a go yourself...

Click to have a go at the 'Energy Challenge'



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