A lot of people are interested in reducing their energy consumption and saving money. However, very few give much thought to renewable energy sources. While the government promotes them because they are cost-effective, they are largely ignored by the public because they do not make much sense from a carbon footprint perspective.
On top of this, they are extremely impractical and are more of a hassle than they are worth. The good news is that things are about to change. Recent policy changes have resulted in many homes being fitted with smart energy-efficient appliances.
This is fantastic news for consumers because it means that they are on the right track towards reducing energy consumption. However, the policy changes are only part of the story. There are also a number of other things we can do to reduce energy consumption. For example, there is the option of replacing HVAC equipment regularly.
Older, less efficient equipment has a very large impact on reducing energy consumption. Additionally, the systems should be maintained on a regular basis. If you want to go down this road, it is important to consult an HVAC professional who is experienced in both repairing and enhancing commercial and residential HVAC systems.
As mentioned above, one of the most important policy changes is the decision to increase the level of Renewable Energy Consumption (RECs). In 2021, this was decided by the government as part of the Climate Change Act. The intent behind this policy was to reduce the level of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
It is hoped that the increased use of Renewable Energy will result in a better world for future generations. If properly implemented, the policy will ensure that a high typological level of energy efficiency is achieved, driving down the cost of electricity in the UK.
It should be noted that the government does not wish to see an overall decrease in energy efficiency across the board. Rather, it wishes to see improvements in certain areas of the market. To do this, it is hoped that more technical developments can be made.
This is why energy efficiency guidelines were introduced. These guidelines cover both new buildings and alterations to existing ones so that they are more energy-efficient. The main motivating factor behind the introduction of these guidelines is the reduction of CO2 emissions.
An increase in the use of renewable energy and a reduction in the use of non-renewable resources mean that CO2 levels will become considerably lower. As a result, less CO2 will be released into the atmosphere.
There is also a financial incentive involved as the UK’s reliance on imported energy makes up a large proportion of the country’s total energy consumption. Therefore, it is hoped that the increasing use of more energy-efficient products and machinery will generate more tax revenue for the UK.
The most encouraging factor, perhaps, with regard to the introduction of renewable energy standards is that many parts of the country have already made an effort to make greater use of renewable sources. For example, many homes are fitted with solar panels, and, to an extent, the home is becoming an energy-efficient house.
Furthermore, there are plans currently in development to build a floating solar power generating system in the middle of the sea. These plans are a significant step forward in the area of environmental awareness. More initiatives may be seen in the future.
As it stands, it is hoped that the UK will continue to progress in its efforts to become more energy efficient. It is important to remember that no one can stop you from using energy-inefficient appliances.
However, the use of more energy-efficient products and machinery will help in reducing the impact that your energy consumption has on the environment. In addition to installing energy-efficient appliances, it is recommended that you also switch to energy-efficient heating and lighting systems and reduce the electricity usage in your car.
If possible, it is recommended that you also consider ways to generate your own electricity.