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Act on Climate

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We cannot change the past but we can determine our future

Now is the most important time to act on climate change. We have an incredibly important window of opportunity to preserve our way of life, our landscape, our homes, our wildlife and food supplies.

The solutions exist, are proven and cost effective.

Reducing waste and harnessing renewable energy from the wind, rain and sun can create a perfect, cost effective option to meet our energy needs and allow us to opt out of fossil fuels and damaging the world we love.

Think globally act locally

Whether you replace an appliance with the highest energy rating possible, take the train instead of the car, avoid airports by taking a stay-cation or insulate your home, each positive action reduces emissions and directly impact the climate.

Every positive step to reduce your carbon footprint helps.

Thousands of individuals, charities and businesses already support clean energy to reduce further climate damage. Climate Action has global support for both economic, environmental and social reasons and, there is so much more to be done so start today with these ideas:

Top ten energy saving tips

An average household spends over £1,300 a year on energy. Save money, stay warm and cut carbon by following top ten tips.

  1. Replace all your bulbs with LEDs, even halogen down lighters.
  2. Stop draughts and save money on heating! Draft excluders exist for windows, doors and to ensure a cosy home.
  3. Set your thermostat to 21°C downstairs and 18°C in bedrooms.  
  4. Close your thermal-lined curtains at dusk to keep heat in.
  5. Switch off electronic devices on standby; save around £80 a year!
  6. Replace any single glazed or 'misty' double glazing.
  7. Fill a full load before turning the washing machine on.
  8. Drive less: Car share, walk, cycle, bus or train.
  9. Only boil the water you need for that lovely cup of tea.
  10. Switch supplier. Those who switch save up to £200 a year.

And finally, when all of this is done consider installing clean energy.

Wood burners and solar panels are great!  You can heat your hot water during the summer with solar thermal on your roof and during winter use a wood burning stove to keep your home warm.  

Visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewables or www.yougen.co.uk

Why renewables

Clean energy includes energy from

  • The sun: solar thermal produces hot water and solar panels (photovoltaics) produce electricity.
  • The wind: turbines come in all sizes and can be installed on land and out at sea
  • The rain electricity produced from run of river hydro schemes
  • The trees: woods are sustainably managed to produce timber and wood fuel and ensure wildlife thrives
  • The ground: geothermal energy can heat cities or homes through ground-source heat pumps
  • Tides and waves: whilst not commercial yet the UK has always pioneered energy from the sea
  • Air and ground heat source pumps

Energy storage such as batteries, wood chips and pellets, and pump hydro ensure that energy can be available when most needed, even if the wind isn't blowing.

And because we do not pay for sunshine or rain profits stay in the UK, skilled jobs are created and best of all no pollution. So go ahead; assess options for your home and work, support a community renewable scheme near you and switch to a green energy supplier.

For more info visit the links page.

 
 

 
 

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