Can we afford to run our lifestyles on fossil fuel?
Our comfortable life is made possible by abundant energy. But using coal, oil and gas to power our way of living has driven levels of CO2 towards the tipping point to unmanageable climate change. The supplies of fossil fuels are becoming harder to access. And even if we can access them, we cannot burn them because of the risk to life on the planet. However we can reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use by saving energy, and by switching to other energy sources.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the energy we use is to reduce the energy we waste. UK homes are so poorly insulated that £1 in every £4 spent on heating could be saved. Government research estimates that as much as 30% energy can be saved through energy saving measures alone.
To reduce our dependence on fossil fuels we need to increase the amount of energy that is supplied by renewable sources such as solar and wind energy. This can be done at the household level by installing solar heating or solar electricity panels.
Some energy suppliers also provide ‘green energy’, through a mixture of investing in renewable technology, buying electricity produced from renewables, and carbon offsetting any non-renewable production of gas.
- Energy saving trust – Practical Energy Saving Information
Local green energy installers
- chelsfield solar Herts based solar pv panel installers
- solinvictus energy systems St Albans based company which install solar pv panels, solar heating panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps