Can we afford to run our lifestyles on fossil fuel?
Our comfortable life is made possible by abundant energy. But using coal, oil and gas to power our way of living has driven levels of CO2 towards the tipping point to unmanageable climate change. The supplies of fossil fuels are becoming harder to access. Now we know that even if we can access them, we cannot burn them because of the risk to life on the planet.
Do we have a secure supply?
As a nation we are critically dependent upon imports of oil and gas. The means of production and supply are owned or controlled by nations that may not always be willing to supply us. Becoming less dependent is an issue of national security.
It is for this reason that fracking and nuclear power are suggested as alternatives. Fracking is publicly unpopular, risks the water supply and produces fossil fuels which drive climate change. Nuclear power is also unpopular and leaves the problem of safe disposal to future generations. As Five Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown nuclear power has safety issues.
Reducing our use of energy and replacing what we do use with energy from renewable sources is urgent.
The most effective way to reduce the need for nuclear power is to reduce energy waste. UK homes are so poorly insulated that £1 in every £4 spent on heating could be saved. Government research estimates that as much as 30 per cent energy can be saved through energy saving measures alone. Think what you could do with those savings on your bills!
Energy Saving Trust Practical energy saving information. 0300 123 1234
Moving to sustainable energy
Sustainable energy – without the hot air “For anyone with influence on energy policy, whether in government, business or a campaign group, this book should be compulsory reading.” Tony Juniper – Former Executive Director, Friends of the Earth.
Abbots in Transition has been in contact with the local businesses below but has not had any direct experience of their work. More installers can be found through the Solarguide listing service.
Chelsfield Solar in Hemel Hempstead are a highly experienced team of accredited solar photovoltaic (PV) installers since 2004 and also electrical contractors since 1988.
Solinvictus solar energy systems Based in Wheathamptead, Hertfordshire, an independent company that cares about renewable energy. Can help to reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
Green gas We could be heating our homes with the food we waste
Low carbon green electricity suppliers
Good Energy is a dedicated supplier of 100% renewable electricity, sourcing power from a community of almost 2,000 independent generators spread across the country.Good Energy gets its power from the wind, water, sun and sustainable biogeneration.
Green Energy Based In Ware, Green Energy only buy from Ofgem approved green and renewable suppliers, helping to create a more secure and sustainable future.
LoCO2 Energy an independent, family-run business in Rickmansworth. They are a renewable energy and low-carbon electricity supplier.