Energy usage is a growing, global concern that is affecting us every day and could have even bigger implications on the environment and society in the future.
This energy use comes from multiple sources; home and work, transportation and industry in the form of fossil fuels as well as nuclear power, solar and biomass energy plus more. The main end goal and purpose of this is to produce electricity and gas to power the world.
How is energy use affecting the environment?
Using any form of gas or electricity requires large amounts of energy. When this energy is in motion, greenhouse gases are produced. This pollutes the air and causes damage to land, water, wildlife and public health, as well as global warming emissions. The effects of this are demonstrated in changing temperatures, damage to our ecosystems and a wilting planet that needs saving…and fast.
Why should I become more energy efficient?
Obviously worldwide energy use is a huge, intangible thing that one man alone is not going to be able to reduce. This is why there is no quick solution for minimising the impact it is having on the environment. However, small changes made by a large mass of people will start to make a difference and improve carbon footprint which will then hopefully encourage a lesser impact on the planet.
What can I do to make a change?
There are many steps you can take to reduce your individual carbon footprint and begin to also implement doing so into larger organisations such as your workplace, to make an even bigger change. The easiest way to do this is by making small changes around the home or workplace, reducing the amount of electricity you use and therefore the energy and money that you could be wasting.
- Keep heating low – smart thermostats allow full control over when your heating is switched on meaning it is not wasted when you are not in.
- Switch to LED bulbs – more efficient lighting options can reduce your energy use by half and save you money on your monthly bill.
- Insulate your house – insulation in your loft, walls or floor is a worthy investment as your house will stay warmer for longer meaning you won’t need as much heating. This includes upgrading to double glazed windows!
- Install a form of Microgeneration – using renewable energy is much healthier for the environment. Solar panels are most effective on south-facing roofs at an angle of 30 degrees. Or why not consider a wind turbine if your location allows it or if you’re lucky enough to live near a suitable river to have a water turbine installed!
- Get an automated control system – These systems are very clever, but also budget dependent. An automated control system performs tasks such as only heating up certain rooms in the house. It can also turn off lights in unoccupied areas, turn down or off heating demands when a property is unoccupied and much more!
Although some of these suggestions may sound pricey at first, we can assure you that they are a worthy investment and you that you will save money and energy in the long run.
Our domestic electrical services include lighting control systems, installations and advice.
- Switch off equipment when not in use – set your computer to sleep when not using it throughout the day when on break or in a meeting and ensure to fully shut down at the end of each day so nothing is running overnight. This also applies to other appliances such as the printer and air conditioning.
- Update old equipment – old IT equipment can actually end up costing you more than upgrading to newer models as they tend to be more clunky and use unnecessary power to keep working.
- Conduct an energy audit – regularly checking how much energy you are using will enable you to work better to reduce it and create a more efficient environment. You can even get a free audit from the Carbon Trust fund. To find out whether you are entitled to any government funding via the Carbon Trust, check out their Green Business Fund page here.
- Promote sustainability – encourage others to change their habits, this could include recycling, reducing plastic use, printing less, walking/cycling to work etc.
- Install a BMS system (Building Management System) – Either make small changes to your existing system or if possible, get a BMS system. We highly recommend BMS systems for new installations in particular.
To ensure you comply with workplace guidelines, our commercial electrical services include PAT testing, data cabling and installation of back-up generators as well as advising on electrical energy saving in your establishment.
How can I encourage others to be more energy efficient?
As previously mentioned, just one person making these changes isn’t going to have much of an impact. Encouraging the people around you to change their habits, whether it be family or work colleagues, will have a much bigger long-term effect on the environment and make a substantial difference.
At Point Electrical, we care just as much about providing efficient electricity use as we do about reducing carbon footprint. Get in touch to find out more about how our services can enable you to become more energy efficient.