Recent Study Demonstrates Consumer Confusion Regarding Renewable Energy

It’s rare to find a man, woman or child in a developed country that hasn’t heard the term “Global Warming.” Likewise, it’s near impossible to find a homeowner who isn’t interested in reducing energy bills. For these reasons, surveyors at Opinium Research are baffled by their findings that the vast majority of UK households don’t understand how renewable heat technology works.

Renewable heat energy has been popping up all over the media, especially since the Renewable Heat Incentive launched in 2011. So, why do homeowners know so little about this form of clean energy?

Background of the Opinium Research Study

The study surveyed 2,000 UK households about their understanding of renewable heat energy and their energy-efficient behaviours. Researchers found that most people focus on small measures, like installing energy-efficient light bulbs. Very few had considered switching to renewable energy as a heat source.

But most respondents stated their willingness to install renewable heating solutions if the annual savings reach £247 per year. Fortunately, this figure is much lower than the estimated savings that come from innovations like biomass boilers, which can save up to 45 per cent on energy bills.

Although most UK residents know the importance of reducing energy use, many do not understand the benefits of biomass systems and heat pumps, let alone how they work.

Conclusions of the Survey

Researchers found that nearly 66 per cent of UK adults could not correctly identify solar PV or wind turbines as renewable energy technologies. Similarly, one-fourth of those surveyed could not identify biomass boilers or heat pumps as energy-efficient solutions. This is particularly revealing because biomass boilers and heat pumps are the only two heat sources that are completely sustainable.

The study also showed that more than 80 per cent of UK households believe that energy consumption must reduce. However, only 63 per cent had taken steps to do so within the past two years.

Possibly the most shocking statistic is that 74 per cent of households did not know the term “biomass heating system.” Of the 26 per cent that could identify the term, less than half actually knew the purpose of the system.

More than half of respondents didn’t know the power source of biomass boilers. The majority of those that knew how to power biomass boilers did not know where to acquire the materials to do so.

Finally, about 75 per cent did not know what a heat pump does.

According to Innasol CEO Silvio Spiess, this survey is particularly revealing of how little consumers understand about renewable heating solutions. Although the vast majority recognize the importance of energy efficiency and how it can reduce energy bills, they aren’t familiar with the available solutions, let alone the Government incentives that make renewable heat energy affordable for almost any home or business.

Spreading the Word About Renewable Heat Energy

Proponents of renewable energy can’t agree on who’s responsible for spreading public awareness. Some say it’s the Government’s responsibility; others say it’s the responsibility of companies in the industry.

Whatever the case, it’s clear that a lack of public understanding is one of the major obstacles in the way of clean energy reform. According to a recent report by Environmental Leader, this is the reason why many applications for biomass energy plants fail.

The report states that there are several steps a company can take to increase the likelihood of getting their plans approved, but the first step is to rally public support. The site encourages companies to develop informational webpages, create pamphlets and send out mailers. The theory is that if the community understands the environmental and economic benefits that come with biomass energy plants, they are more likely to advocate the project.


Gabriella Johnson is the Marketing Executive at Innasol, the renewable energy supplier that commissioned Opinium's recent research into renewable heat technology.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - February 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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Is This The End Of The Monarch Butterfly?

Monarch Butterflies: An Introduction

The Monarch butterfly is a unique species due to it’s specific and spectacular migration patterns. The migration they embark on entails travelling between 1,200 and 2,500 miles in some instances, from the US and Canada to the Transvolcanic mountains in Central Mexico. The forest climate allows for a higher chance of survival during winter months. The Monarch butterfly’s migration pattern is the most evolved of all species of butterflies and moths, and arguably of all known insects. Scientists call the Monarchs, Danaus plexippus, which translates to “sleepy transformation” in Greek, evoking the species’ unique ability to hibernate and metamorphize. Males are distinguishable by black dots along the veins of their wings and are also larger than females. Unfortunately, the adult butterflies only live for a total of around four to five weeks.

Normal Migration Pattern

Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to warmer climates that are up to 2,500 miles away every year. There are two reasons in which the Monarch butterfly embark on this enormous journey south and back north again each winter. The first being that they cannot survive the cold winters in the US and Canada. The second being that their larval food plants do not grow in their wintering locations, leaving the only food source to the north. Typically, the Monarch migration starts in about October each year, but really depends on the weather and when temperatures begin to drop. The Monarchs wintering sites are in jeopardy as well due to clear cutting activities and logging, which is less restrictive in Mexico than in the US and Canada.

Effects of Climate Change

The wintering grounds and summer breeding grounds of this species is beginning to be affected by climate change and could potentially damage the migration phenomena altogether. The butterflies rely on the thawing of spring to indicate when they should embark on the journey into the United States from the central Mexican forests and southern parts of California. Specifically, Monarch butterflies navigate via a “sun compass” in its mid-brain and circadian clock located in its antennae. Although, the source of knowing when to head south away from the dropping temps in the US is unknown, but most logically due to sensing the chill as temperatures begin to decrease. The butterflies reorient themselves and start flying north after exposure to lower temperatures.

So when the butterflies have been hibernating in the forests of Mexico, and an unseasonal cold spell occurs in the north, the normal migration phenomena can become disrupted. The result being quite a few dead butterflies which would have otherwise travelled safely to the warmer northern climate in the US. The colder wetter winters and the hotter drier summers that climate change may bring threatens these migration patterns and the species existence.

Conclusion

There really isn’t much more we can do other than continue to pursue more efficient energy consumption and reducing emissions that damage the atmosphere and encourage climate change. Although, just as in the real estate realm, where “location, location, location” is paramount, the same goes for the Monarch butterfly, except it is “habitat, habitat, habitat.” Keeping habitat available and thriving for the Monarch butterfly is another way to ensure their survival remains. Other than that, only time will tell whether or not the Monarch butterfly and their extraordinary migration patterns will further become disrupted towards extinction as is the case with many other species who have experienced similar problems.

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This article was written by David Holly from www.AButterflyRelease.com. David is an avid blogger who enjoys spendig his free time watching movies and going bowling.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - February 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

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5 Items You Never Thought About Recycling

As a nation that is starting to understand the importance of recycling for the environment, we are discovering more and more items can be re-used, re-manufactured and recycled.

Other than the well-known cardboard, glass bottles and aluminium cans, there are a number of items that you can find around the house that can be recycled too. We have chosen just five of many to talk about and they include:

Wine Bottle Corks

Many UK households enjoy a glass of red after work leaving a number of empty wine bottles by the end of the week. The empty bottles aren’t the problem though, it’s the corks. An organisation called reCork turn wine corks into a number of useful materials that include flooring tiles, craft materials, sports equipment and insulation.

Mattresses

When our old uncomfortable mattresses near the end of their lives, you don’t need to find a skip to throw it in, many mattress retailers can recycle your old mattress when you purchase a new one. They send the mattress to the local mattress recycling centre where they will be turned into fibres for clothing, foam products and scrap metal.

Compact Discs (CDs)

Although more and more music is being downloaded online, there are still millions of CDs around. Instead of keeping stacks and stacks of unwanted discs you can in fact send them off to your local CD recycling centre where the CDs will be shred into a fine powder and then later melted down to create plastic that will be used in the automotive and building industries.

Cars

With a whole host of new motors on the road that boast being more economical and all new and fresh smelling, loads of people look to get rid of their car for a good price so they can negotiate a better deal on their new car. Car recycling with companies like Recycling Monkey can often help you get the best price for your car, they collect and you get a quick payment to help buy a new car. Car recycling means your car will be checked for parts that can be re-used, re-manufactured and even recycled, helping the environment in the process.

Trainers & Shoes

We all do it; we collect shoes even when they no longer fit or when they become old and tatty but we can actually recycle our shoes, trainers and any other footwear. Send your smelly, old or unworn footwear to a local recycling facility or organisation and they turn them into useful building materials.

It’s amazing how much we can actually recycle nowadays but as mentioned before, these are only a select few items compared the vast amount of materials we could be getting from recycling materials we find around the house. Search for your local recycling centre today and see how much you can recycle.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - February 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

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Killer Fungi Drive Rainforest Biodiversity

It’s strange but true. Apparently pathogenic fungi, which are lethal to plants, play a key role in the astonishing biodiversity of rainforests by limiting dominant species’ growth so other, less dominant plant species can claim a place. It may even go some way towards explaining why rainforests are such hotspots of variety.

New rainforest research verifies a key 1970s hypothesis

Back in the 1970s the ecologists Daniel Janzen and Joseph Connell revealed a potential link between pests, diseases and better biodiversity in the tropics, which they called ‘negative density dependence’. The new findings, published in the journal Nature, support their notion:

“The Janzen–Connell hypothesis suggests that specialized natural enemies such as insect herbivores and fungal pathogens maintain high diversity by elevating mortality when plant species occur at high density (negative density dependence – NDD). NDD has been detected widely in tropical but the prediction that NDD caused by insects and pathogens has a community-wide role in maintaining tropical plant diversity remains untested. We show experimentally that changes in plant diversity and species composition are caused by fungal pathogens and insect herbivores.

Our study provides an overall test of the Janzen–Connell hypothesis and demonstrates the crucial role that insects and pathogens have both in structuring tropical plant communities and in maintaining their remarkable diversity.”

Multiple species competing for the same resources

The co-author of the new research, Owen Lewis, who works with the University of Oxford, said, “The conventional wisdom in ecology suggests that if you have got more than one species competing for the same set of resources, one of those species should win and exclude the other.”

The idea is that rare species win an advantage because pests and diseases transmit more effectively when plants are densely packed. This negative feedback mechanism means that when a dominant plant becomes too abundant in one place it suffers the ravages of easily-spread pests and diseases, dies back and gives less common species a chance. The phenomenon acts as a balance, preventing ‘competitively inferior’ plants from being driven out of an area altogether.

A fascinating counter-intuitive finding

The study clearly implicates pathogenic fungi as powerful drivers of biodiversity, where the harm they cause to individual plant species is ultimately good for overall diversity. Because plant diversity is the underpinning factor of the entire rainforest ecosystem, it in turn supports the forest’s remarkable variety of insects, birds and animals.


Guest article by Kate Goldstone on behalf of the Rainforest Foundation.

 

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Posted by Kate Naylor - February 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Local Council Make A Poor Attempt At Recycling

Last week I was visited by a representative from my local council. When I opened the door a very cheerful women announced that she was calling round to explain the recycling service offered by the council. She handed me a leaflet which would explain what I could put into my recycling bin and another which introduced their e+ card which I should apply for. Apparently, being in possession of this magic card would enable me to claim free gifts in return for correct recycling. This all sounded very positive and proactive and so I thanked her, closed the door and got on with my work.

Hating Waste

A couple of days passed after which I thought it might be a good idea to read the leaflets to confirm what I could now recycle and to find out where I could apply for the special card. The council’s efforts at recycling had always been less than impressive as there were only a few things you could actually put into the bin and so I was looking forward to improvements. I hate waste and it rankled with me that my local authority were doing little to minimise it.

The Truth

On reading the leaflet I was rather shocked to find that nothing had changed. The list of recyclable items was still very short and was dwarfed by the list of material you could not put in the bin. Residents would still be required to transport the rest of their rubbish to a recycling centre themselves, which of course most people either will not or cannot do. A mountain of perfectly recyclable material was still going to end up in landfill.

The Card

The card annoyed me too. The idea is that your bins are checked and if you have no banned items in there you are rewarded with points on your card. In other words this is not so much an incentive scheme as an audit and I am sure that this will eventually lead to sanctions or charges being imposed on those who do not play ball. The council really should focus on recycling more rather than punishing their residents for making a mistake. I now wished that I had looked at the leaflets whilst the woman was on my doorstep. I could have good have vented my spleen right there and then but I didn’t have my reading glasses and so could not see them!

Not So e+

To make matters worse the e+ card which does rather imply that it is electronic cannot be applied for online. If I want one of these things I have to present myself at the council offices or local sports centre with documents to prove my identity. This is absurd! I pay £2000 per year in council tax and the account is in my name. Why do I need to prove I live here to get a card? I obviously live here otherwise why would I be paying all that money? I am quite inclined not to get a card except that the things also get you discounts at the sports centres and I would like to take advantage of these.

Nothing New

What promised to be a new dawn had turned out to be a case of same old S*** just another day. If I want to recycle my food trays, yoghurt pots, foil, glass bottles and plastic bags I still have to collect them in something and then drive them to the appropriate place myself. Those journeys use valuable fuel and cause me to emit more co2. Even worse, most people don’t bother and just send everything to landfill. The council have to come here to collect the items they will accept so could they not help save the planet by collecting everything whilst they are here?


Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner who divides her time between writing and running her bridal shop.

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Posted by Guest Author - January 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

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There are more mobile phones than people on earth – are we making them responsibly?

The amount of tablets, smartphones and laptops in the world is increasing.  It’s something we know without having to be told the facts – we see more and more of them around us.  A Cisco 2012 report attests to the dramatic growth we’re seeing in mobile demand; we’re now living in an age where the number of mobile-connected devices exceeds the number of people on earth.   There are approximately 7 billion people on earth, to put that in context.  And it’s not just mobiles; by 2016 mobile-connected tablets will generate almost as much traffic as the entire global mobile network did in 2012.

So if the technological industry is booming then it’s pertinent to take a look at the process of manufacturing new devices – are we manufacturing responsibly?

A new age of manufacturing

For the first time in manufacturing history technological devices now take more energy to make than they do to use.  The manufacturing stage of a laptop accounts for as much as 83% of the total energy used to create and use a laptop over its lifespan.

When manufacturing a laptop computer we’ll emit between 227 to 270 kilograms of carbon dioxide, the same amount it takes to make a fridge, except each member of a household doesn’t own a fridge, and we don’t replace them every 3 years.

All devices we use have microchips in them and it’s the microchips especially which take an amazing amount of energy to make.  It takes almost the same amount of energy to make an entire car as it does to make just a handful of them. The average computer has between 18 -36 microchips – you could power a 30 watt laptop non-stop for 1,000 days with the energy used to make the microchips.

The focus shouldn’t just be on usage

When we do decide to think about the environmental impact of moving our lives online, most of the time we are concerned with the electricity used to keep our devices going.  The curse of stand-bys, the amount of people who leave their laptop running all the time and the like are seen as the biggest concerns.

And it’s true that the power required to keep all these new devices operating is a concern, just like the waste left over when we discard our old devices.  Unlike most other industries which have gone some way to invest in recycling, the world of technology has done very little to attempt to recycle its complex parts – partly because it wouldn’t be easy.  We generate between 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste globally each year.  The majority of this ends up in landfills or incinerators, meaning that toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury contaminate land, water and air.

Of course we should start exploring better recycling processes for electronic devices, but until we figure out a way to reduce the energy consumption of manufacturing them in the first place, the environmental legacy of the technological boom will be significant and worrying.

So the question is: what steps are we taking to solve the problem of manufacturing electronic devices when faced with an industry which is seeing dramatic increases in demand year on year?

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

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2014: Make The Change

Every year we say it, “this year I’m going to …” but often we don’t stick to what we set out to do, but this is the year to change all of that.

Becoming more eco-friendly is one of the easiest things to do and doesn’t take much willpower. Unlike smoking, drinking and dieting, which take a lot of effort and commitment, simply recycling more or using eco-friendly products is one of the easiest habits to break.

We all know we can recycle more. Instead of popping that empty can of coke in with the normal rubbish, we can pop outside to the bins we get given to help recycle more and the world is a better place.

There are a few changes that we will highlight to help you kick your un-eco-friendly habits. They are:

Change The Bags

It is quite easy to go food or clothes shopping and accept the bags they give us but by simply writing yourself a reminder or by leaving the eco bags by the front door, we can carry the groceries in a stronger, more durable bag that can last time and time again instead of collecting thousands of plastic bags which have an adverse effect on our planet.

Bamboo bags are becoming more and more popular due to their benefit to the planet and their durability.

Cut Down On The Meat

Meat eaters consume a hefty amount of produce year on year but more land has to be put aside for meat produce than plant produce. This means that all of the pretty playgrounds and wildlife areas could soon be turned into a place for more meat to roam instead of plantation.
By simply cutting down the amount of meat we eat and eating more greens, there will be healthy balance in your diet and in our planet.

Create A Compost Bin

For those fruity fingered people that consume a lot of fruit in their daily packed lunch boxes, save the skin and leftovers, take them home with you and pop them in a compost bin or pile in your garden. This will cut down on the amount of overall waste we create and will give your garden some organic material to help growth.

Opt For LEDs

Energy consumption is a massive cost on the earth but when your bulbs burn out, invest in LEDs. They might be more expensive initially but with a longer life span, less energy used and a brighter light, it makes sense to use this lighting solution within your home or business. Using LEDs means you will be replacing your bulbs a whole lot less, which is a great time saver too.
So, these are just a few simple changes that we can all make. By making these changes, you can save a huge amount of money month on month and you will be helping to provide a much healthier planet in the process. This is one resolution that you can stick to quite easily.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

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3 Asbestos Myths That Can Cost your Business Thousands

Asbestos is not one of the first things that come to mind when running a business. And yet, there are many businesses, some even large corporations and major high street retailers that can be, and have been hit with a huge fine for failing to protect its customers and employees from asbestos. They could have avoided this by simply recognising 3 wrong beliefs that they had about asbestos. This article will list the 3 myths so that your business doesn’t fall into the trap of not treating asbestos properly.

Myth #1: Asbestos isn’t that important

Wrong! As the primary cause of Mesothelioma – a malignant cancer of the lungs – the proper handling

A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Asbestos in Premises (Guidance booklet)

A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Asbestos in Premises

of this naturally occurring fibrous insulating material is extremely important. If a business does not take all steps to prevent the deadly fibres being released into their stores, it’s because managers may fear that the work to remove the asbestos would be “unsightly” and actually slow down business, which would be ironic if they were hit with a hefty fine!

Myth #2: Asbestos doesn’t affect our business

Asbestos is commonly seen as a third world problem, or a health concern of those involved in building and trade professions. In fact every week, an average of 20 tradesmen (e.g. plumbers, electricians, joiners) die from exposure to asbestos.

However, any building built before 2000 can contain asbestos. And whilst asbestos materials in good condition are safe, they are extremely dangerous and life threatening when the asbestos fibres become airborne.

So if you own a building built before 2000, then you have an asbestos issue that you are legally responsible for managing.

Myth #3: Dealing with asbestos is somebody else’s responsibility

Under the Health and Safety Act 1974, you have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your employees and customers who frequent your premises. This responsibility includes managing safe asbestos removal from your premises. Businesses cannot shift the blame onto the contractors because they have a “duty of care” to oversee the safe completion of the work.

An easy way to deal with your asbestos problem

Even though dealing with asbestos is your legal responsibility, the good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. You can work with industry specialists and professionals who can provide thorough asbestos surveying and safe disposal of asbestos.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

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CAS Discovers 91 New Species In 2013 in Rainforests and Beyond

It’s tough conserving plants and animals when you don’t know they exist. So it’s great to hear that the clever people at the California Academy of Sciences found 91 new plant and animal species throughout 2013, as well as two entirely new genera, when exploring the earth’s biodiversity hotspots.

Looking at land and sea, the researchers found thirty eight different types of ant, twelve new fish, fourteen new plants, eight strange, weird and wonderful beetles, two new spiders, one reptile and an amphibian, plus a new beetle genus and a beautiful sea fan.

10% down, 90% to go…

Our best estimates reveal we have only discovered and classified 10% of the life forms on earth, so there’s a long, long way to go. It’s an amazing statistic bearing in mind there are so many of us and we occupy such vast areas of the planet.

New ants set to reveal more about how to conserve rainforests

The rainforests alone are home to an incredible wealth of undiscovered plants and animals, all of which play their part in the beautiful whole.  Take ants, who quietly work to maintain their environment on a tiny but vital scale. The scientists identified 38 previously unknown ant species, as well as seven new plants and two new spider species, from the islands of the south west Indian Ocean, focusing on Madagascar.

While ants might not seem particularly dramatic or important, Brian Fisher, an entomologist who specialises in them, says they’re “the glue that holds ecosystems together.”  Ants actually turn over more soil than earthworms, which is remarkable. But because they’re so small they’re often overlooked. As Fisher says, if you concentrate conservation efforts on vertebrates, “you conclude that only the largest forests are important. Ants and other insects provide a better map of true biodiversity.”

Google collaborates with conservationists

Google has been involved too, providing high-resolution satellite images of some of Madagascar’s lest explored regions and helping the Academy staff pinpoint the areas of rainforest most likely to contain new ant species.

Here’s to more new species in 2014

Let’s hope scientists all over the world discover even more new species during 2014, to enrich and inform the efforts we make to conserve our rainforests and other wonderful habitats during 2014.


Image courtesy of Science Daily.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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Microgeneration: The Next Step Toward A Low-Carbon Society

Microgeneration is poised to play a vital role in resolving the environmental issues faced by the world today. Looking toward the future, individuals and businesses need to take a different view of energy production. As a society, we need to view homes and businesses as small-scale power generators fueled by renewable resources. Let's look at some popular microgeneration technologies and see how they can pave the way to a low-carbon, energy-independent future.

Microgeneration Technologies

Microgeneration is the process by which electricity and heat is produced by homes and small businesses, using natural resources like wind, sunlight, or even heat from within the ground to generate energy. Although these technologies have gained traction in the UK, many Britons may not be aware of the wide variety of available options. Solar photovoltaic panels, for example, are a popular choice for generating electricity. For hot water and some space heating capability, solar thermal systems are another way to utilise the sun's rays.

Of course, the sun isn't the only renewable resource available for microgeneration purposes. Ground source heat pumps make use of heat stored in the ground to provide space heating for homes. Biomass boilers burn organic materials and agricultural waste to generate heat, while micro-wind turbines harness the wind's power to produce electricity.

A Low-Carbon Future

Global warming and climate change is a crisis impacting the entire planet, and greenhouse gas emissions are the main culprit behind this worldwide problem. The Climate Change Act of 2008 targets an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, meant to be carried out in the UK and other countries. In addition to carbon dioxide, other by-products of energy generation can include

A Practical Guide to Renewable Energy: Microgeneration systems and their Installation

A Practical Guide to Renewable Energy: Microgeneration systems and their Installation

acid rain causing substances, mercury emissions and ash. Microgeneration offers a way for both homes and businesses to help achieve the goals of the Climate Change Act and minimize the amount of harmful substances released into the environment. These technologies don't deplete the earth's natural resources and usually don't release carbon into the atmosphere.

Energy Independence and Awareness

Microgeneration can protect consumers from fluctuating energy prices. This allows individuals to have better control over their spending from month to month. The UK has limited fossil fuel resources of its own, so it relies heavily on imported energy. Generating micropower also helps to liberate Britons from the effects of energy import politics. Additionally, home power generation can lead to increased energy awareness. When individuals generate some or all of their own energy, they often find themselves becoming more mindful of their energy usage and will modify their behaviour to reduce energy consumption.

Making Microgeneration Affordable

Due to reduced energy bills, the ongoing costs of microgeneration are actually quite low; however, the relatively high start-up costs often deter people from installing any energy-generating devices. Government programs are trying to help homeowners deal with the costs. For example, the UK government has introduced the Feed-in Tariff scheme in an effort to entice householders to adopt solar technology. This scheme pays households for each unit of energy they generate through a solar installation. By doing this, the government hopes to increase the UK's total energy derived from renewable sources to 15% by 2020.

Even though installation costs are still a bit pricey today, most people predict that prices will eventually drop. As these technologies continue to move into the mainstream, the economies of scale will develop in the manufacturing and installation realm. On the other hand, conventional fuels have been steadily rising in price, and the trend appears likely to continue. Most householders who installed microgeneration devices in their homes report that the improvements paid for themselves within ten years, in the form of lower energy bills. For more info on microgeneration click here.

It's clear that microgeneration is an essential part of any low-carbon strategy for the future. Householders and businesses need to do their part to reduce carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change. Government incentives have made the installation process more affordable than ever; speak to an expert at an installation company to see which technologies might be a good fit for your needs.


Nicole Wiegand is the author of this article, and is often asked by readers where to go to get more info on microgeneration she suggests comparison sites like uSwitch as being a helpful resource.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

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