The UK is making progress in decarbonising energy for heating and lighting our homes and businesses. In Shropshire, around 20-25 % of our total footprint comes from gas, oil and electricity used for heating homes and businesses. The electricity comes from a variety of sources, including oil, gas, wind and solar energy.
SWITCH TO LED LIGHTING
- lower your carbon footprint
- reduce your lighting bills
- make your home light and bright
Energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes.
If you replace all the bulbs in your home with LED lights, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg a year. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by driving your car around 140 miles.
Lighting makes up 15% of the average UK household electricity consumption, so making the switch could help you save money too. Get more advice on Energy efficient lighting by clicking on the button below.
SWITCH ENERGY SUPPLIER
A simple first step is to switch to energy providers, to one who sets themselves up to purchase their energy from “green” sources. We suggest using the independent organisation for providing price comparisons “The Energy Shop”. Click on the “Get Energy Supplier Advice” button below to get to a simple comparison website
SWITCH TO RENEWABLE HEAT
AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS
- could lower your fuel bills
- will cut your carbon emissions
- can heat your home and hot water
Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air to heat your home and hot water. They can still extract heat when air temperatures are as low as -15°C.
Air source heat pumps need electricity to run, but because they are extracting renewable heat from the environment, the heat output is greater than the electricity input. This makes them an energy efficient method of heating your home.
The following short video, which the Energy Saving Trust has produced – explains the principle:
Air to Water
Air-to-water heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air and transfer the heat to water.
An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. This makes them more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
Air-to-water heat pumps are the most common model. The system is eligible for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. Click on the button below:
Air to Air
Air-to-air heat pumps require a warm air circulation system to move the warm air around your home. They will not provide you with hot water as well. Air-to-air heat pumps are not eligible for the UK Government’s RHI scheme.
SOLAR WATER HEATING
- hot water throughout the year
- reduced energy bills
- lower carbon footprint
Solar water heating systems, or solar thermal systems, use free heat from the sun to warm water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.
The hot water can be used throughout your home for bathing, showering and your hot taps.
There are two types to choose from – Evacuated Tubes or Flat plate collectors
Cost is between £ 3,000 and £ 5,000. Savings can be between £ 60 to £ 90 per year, depending on what you are replacing. Click on the button below to get more information from the Energy Saving Trust.
ENERGY SAVING TRUST
You can get a huge amount of advice and information on energy from the Energy Saving Trust.
The “Energy Saving Trust” is an independent organisation – working to address the climate emergency.
A respected and trusted voice on energy efficiency and clean energy solutions, they continue to work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.