Everyone has the power to transform electricity and reduce costs, carbon and outages by shifting when we use non-time-sensitive appliances from the 3-8pm peak to the midnight-7am trough - shift your dishwashers, washing machines, tumble driers and immersion heaters.
Solve the energy trilemma now!
Monday, 18 April 2016
UK Carbon Emissions have fallen to where they were in 1900
UK CO2 emissions (millions of tonnes) between 1850 and 2015. Source: DECC and the World
Resources Institute CAIT data explorer. Chart by Carbon Brief. The CAIT data has been adjusted
because it excludes land use emissions.
What do we make of this? On the face of it, we have been supremely
successful at reducing our carbon emissions since they peaked in 1970,
and are now back down to where they were in 1900.
What has caused this? Here are a few reasons, not necessarily in order of importance:
Switching away from coal fired power stations
Continuous progress in energy efficiency
The introduction of renewables
Where will further progress come from? When will we get back to pre-1850 levels of emissions, which we need to do to combat climate change?
Low Hanging Fruit
For a start we can create the opportunity for a higher percentage of renewables in our energy mix by time-shifting domestic and small business consumption out of peak times -this is probably now the easiest piece of low hanging fruit to pick in the fight to reduce carbon.