Sustainability is becoming the buzzword of the century. As a nation, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the impact that our actions have on the environment. And, many people are seeking ways to reduce this. Finding the means to use electricity sustainably is becoming easier as technology increases along with our awareness of renewable alternatives. And, here at MJH Electrical, we strive to help support home and business owners in making the most out of their energy. Read on to discover tips to using electricity sustainably in your business.
What Is Sustainable Electricity Use?
The term ‘sustainable energy’ refers to the use of clean and renewable sources of energy. Traditionally, we have been heavily reliant on fossil fuels. These sources, while very effective at powering out homes, are in depletion. And, the impact of their use also has a negative effect on the world around us. Increases in pollution and natural damage is directly linked to the excessive use of many different fuels. The need to find alternative power sources that are easy to replenish and safe for the planet is something that many businesses place in the height of importance. And, this form of energy is becoming increasingly utilised in residential and commercial settings.
The term also refers to the conscious use of energy – an awareness that it is not a throwaway asset but one that should be managed appropriately. Doing so provides benefits, not just to the planet around us, but also to property owners as well. It allows you to reduce energy bills, support the infrastructure in managing price stability and provides options for you to sell electricity back to the grid for a profit. Sustainable energy use is something that all households should consider.
How To Begin Using Electricity Sustainably
Knowing where to start can be daunting. For so long, electricity use is something we have all taken for granted. We appreciate the convenience of being able to switch on a kettle and have a hot drink in seconds. We turn on lights around the home without a thought of how important it is to switch them off. And, it isn’t until our month’s bill lands on the doormat that we begin to worry that we may be doing something in excess.
Using electricity sustainably is something that we can begin to do instantly. And, once you have the basics in place, there are ways to further introduce the right technologies in your home.
Consider A Smart Meter
The first thing you want to do is to get a clear understanding of how much energy you’re using on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. One of the easiest and most accessible ways to do this is through the use of a smart meter. These intelligent devices are offered by most energy suppliers and provide you with up-to-date and real-time information about your usage. If you switch on the kettle, for example, you will see the usage rise in front of your eyes. Using one allows you to better understand how much energy you’re using, where this may be in excess and where cuts can be made.
Using energy sustainability means being conscious about every decision you make. And, the right information helps you to do just that.
Switch Off Devices
One of the easiest and most effective ways to take control of your electricity use is to switch off devices when not in use. This way, you only use the energy that you need and aren’t increasing the demand when it’s not required. The Energy Saving Trust also recommends avoiding standby mode. It has research which shows that electrical appliances left on standby can use as much as 16% of a household’s electricity. When you leave the room, switch off the lights and turn off the television. Avoid leaving radios playing when you’re not using them and shut down computers once you have finished with them. These steps may seem small but, when added together, they can have a significant impact on your household bills and the amount of electricity that you use.
Consider Renewable Energy Sources
There are a whole host of ways you can switch from standard electricity to more renewable sources. The cost implication for each one varies as does the degree to which you decide to make the switch. For example, if you want to run your entire household on solar power, you need to factor in the cost for solar panels (including installation and maintenance) along with a backup solution during the cloudier months.
Some of the most popular forms of renewable energy sources for UK properties include:
- Solar Panels – Having solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof generates power during daylight hours and stores it in batteries. If you generate excess energy over your needs, there may be the option to sell it back to the national electricity grid in line with the Government’s Smart Export Guarantee for a profit.
- Wind Turbines – It is possible to get smaller wind turbines installed in properties that generate electricity. A popular option for homes located in very windy environments, they sit independently from the property or can be installed within the structure. In the same way as solar energy, you can sell back excess energy to the national grid.
- Air Source Pumps – It is possible to harness the heat in external air and use it to provide hot water and heating with an air source pump. They are a silent and eco-friendly way to save money on your bills and continue using the devices that you need every day.
- Hydroelectric Systems – If you live close to a river, stream or lake that flows downhill, you may be able to use this kinetic energy to generate electricity. Using a submerged turbine, the pressure of the water shifts a shaft that connects to the electric generator. As the water flows, it turns the turbine and produces electricity that can be used throughout the home.
How Can MJH Electrical Help?
With over 11 years of helping domestic and commercial customers utilise electricity effectively, we are passionate about reducing your household bills and supporting sustainability. We are expert fitters of smart home controls which give you the tools to reduce consumption and have a team of knowledgeable engineers on hand to advise on renewable electricity sources too.
For more information or to speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01278 322816 or contact us via email here today.