Clean, renewable energy for heat, power and transport is fundamental to secure a bright future for everyone. One Home is a new website that promotes actions we can all take to reduce our impact on the planet, one step at a time.
We use energy to stay warm, power our economy, grow food, and travel.
Traditionally we burn coal, oil and gas however, these fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide and other pollutants that reduce air quality. The extra carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere traps heat from the sun and leads to global warming and Weird Weather.
Every country unanimously agreed to phase out coal, oil and gas and rapidly move to using clean sources of energy. In the UK the Climate Change Act means we need to halve our emissions by 2025. The UK has cut greenhouse gas emissions primarily by reducing reliance on coal-fired power stations. However, only 10% of final energy consumption in the UK was from renewable sources in 2017 so there is a long way to go to cut carbon.
There is still a long way to go to make the changes required. The switch to clean energy is far more urgent than any plans currently underway. And that is why this problem requires all of us (at home, at work and in our community) to act now to make a difference and to keep warming below 2 degrees.
Avoiding waste is the best way to save energy. Having cosy, warm homes, efficient electric cars, and eco gadgets from LED lights to responsive thermostats prevents the need for expensive, new energy generation and increases productivity, fuel savings, improves health and of course reduces pollution.
We no longer need to import expensive, fossil fuels from Russia and the Middle East with fluctuating prices and security of supply at the mercy of world events we cannot control. Instead we can produce our own, secure clean energy, generate many skilled jobs and protect the people and places we love.
The weather never goes away, so generating energy from the wind, sun and rain, is free fuel and avoids further pollution into the atmosphere. And better still, if those renewables are owned by local businesses or the community, then profits stay in the local economy. Everybody benefits.
I hope you find the information you need to Act on Climate Change. Please get in touch, follow on twitter and support the energy transition.
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