Reducing carbon emissions is a big challenge for governments and companies alike. Human development has altered 19 percent of all coastlines in the world and drastically changed the ecosystem of thousands of species, including humans. The price of this behaviour is a contaminated planet, a reduction of diversity, and lower quality of life for every living organism on Earth. In 2008 alone, 80 percent of the world’s energy supply came from non-renewable fossil fuels. Going green replaces and limits non-renewable energy sources with renewable and long-lasting alternatives.
The UK government has set ambitious green targets for 2020, and is designing different schemes and projects to meet them. The so-called Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are examples of some projects. Moreover, money is being given to different councils to invest in green energy, to make it easier for households to install solar panels or other green domestic solutions.
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Did You Know That Bentley Is Investing In Green Energy?
Companies are also making efforts to reduce their emissions and be more environmentally-friendly by modifying their factory designs, or by changing some of their production processes. For example, carmaker Bentley, known for its expensive and luxurious cars, has set a triple standard for cutting carbon, water and energy waste at its Crewe headquarters in Cheshire.
It might sound a bit controversial to have a car manufacturer going green. However, to some extent you cannot change the fact that they produce cars, and there is a lot of people buying them. Put like this, at least it is beneficial that they produce the cars in a “less-toxic” way.
In this case we are talking about a factory that is 339,000 square meters big, and which produced a record of 10,120 cars in 2013. Given these numbers, even a small change in the production system will have a great impact in the overall emission rates. The company reduced its CO2 by 16% between 2011 and 2013 and also cut its water use by 35.7%. Moreover, it reduced 23.2% its waste per vehicle. Bentley has mounted more than 20,000 solar panels on roofs across the factory, lowering C02 generation by more than 2,500 tonnes per year and at the same time pumping 286,200 kWh back to the national grid. Moreover, last month 20% of the company’s electrical requirements were generated by solar energy.
Why Not Try Solar Energy At Home?
Reducing carbon emissions should not be a task exclusively for governments and companies. People can also be good to the environment by changing their lifestyles and choosing green solutions at home, thus reducing their carbon footprint.
One first suggestion to reduce your carbon footprint is to minimize the use of fuel-powered transport. Walk more, bike more! This is a first big step to going greener. However, there are also some increasingly popular eco-friendly solutions to practice at home which require a slightly bigger effort. One example is harnessing solar energy to generate your own electricity, or to heat water and spaces at home.
If you are interested in generating your own electricity, then you should buy solar panels (photovoltaics), and if you are interested in having heated water and heating your household with a green source of energy, then you should consider installing a solar water heating system (also known as solar thermal).
This might sound complicated or expensive, but the price of solar solutions has dropped considerably during the past years and since there is more interest in the topic, there are easy alternatives to going solar.
If you think it is complicated and don’t feel like searching for all the information you would need to make a well informed purchase, you can save yourself long hours of research by requesting customized quotes at GreenMatch.co.uk, and you will be contacted by the best suppliers with their respective offers.
Do you feel it is too expensive? If you can’t gather £7,000, which is the average amount needed to install a domestic solar panel system, you can try getting free solar panels! However, if you have this money but still think that it is a pointless investment, what about if you can actually make money out it it? The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is a government incentive that pays you for the electricity you produce, even if you use it or if you sell it back to the grid. Consequently, a solar panel system will pay for itself in around 8-10 years and during all its lifespan (30-40 years), you will enjoy its free electricity.
Going green by going solar is therefore not only good in the sense of reducing your carbon footprint, but is also good from an economic perspective. At the same time you are reducing your carbon emissions by replacing non-renewable energy sources with green energy, you can save money on your bills and even make some money after some years of the initial investment.
Going green is beneficial for the environment, for your savings and for your health!