improving your energy footprint
In the UK , domestic energy consumption contributes almost 150 million kilos of greenhouse gases a year. By domestic energy consumption we are referring to usage of electricity in the home, as well as the burning of fuel to heat the home. In the UK electricity is typically supplied through the national grid and heating most commonly relies on gas boilers.
The good news is that there are some very simple steps you can take to reduce your energy emissions.
The most simple step you can take for most people is to switch your energy provider to a ‘green’ provider. Switching to a green tariff helps to ensure that the suppliers of renewable energy have the incentives to continue to invest in increasing the UK’s green energy infrastructure. For our handy guide on switching your energy provider see our Energy Switch page.
It is important to remember that even when your energy supplier is from a green source, your energy use still contributes to emissions. This is because in the UK energy is supplied through a national grid system. On any day there will be a set amount of power produced from green energy with the remained from other sources such as burning gas. This means that if all those on green tariffs use up more of the renewable energy, a greater need for other sources will be required to supply the rest of the population. If everyone reduces their energy use there will be a greater amount of renewable energy supply left to supply other everyone including those not on green tariffs.
This means that every effort should still be made to reduce emissions. There is a huge range of ways this can be achieved many of which don’t actually require having less of anything, just using resources more efficiently. For a range of tips to reduce your energy consumption see our Energy Efficiency page.