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Solar Power breaking new records in the UK
It’s fascinating to hear that solar energy has grown from almost nothing to 11GW in seven years
We wanted to share with you some groundbreaking news which took place last Friday. Solar power broke new records in UK by providing nearly a quarter of the country’s electricity needs, thanks to sunny skies and the relatively low summer demand.
In terms of statistics, National Grid had reported that thousands of photovoltaic panels on rooftops and in fields across the UK were generating 8.7GW, or 24.3% of demand at 1pm last Friday, smashing the previous high of 8.48GW earlier this month.
The milestone reached on Friday is the latest in a series of records for solar, which has grown from almost nothing seven years ago to 12GW of capacity today. Last summer it provided more power than the UK’s last 10 coal-fired power stations.
In March this year, for the first time ever, the amount of electricity demanded by homes and businesses in the afternoon was lower than it was in the night, thanks to the cut in demand due to solar panels. Following on in April, Britain achieved another milestone, it’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution thanks to solar energy.
So how can you do your bit as a homeowner to reduce your carbon footprint at home? We share with you a couple of tips on how to get started ……
- Fill your dishwasher before using and use an economy setting if you have that option. In some dishwashers this can be more efficient than washing by hand.
- Don’t boil a kettle every time you use it, ensure that you only boil the amount you need. Accordingly to the UK Tea Council as a national we guzzle up to 165m of tea and 70m cups of coffee each day. If as some figures suggest, we habitually boil twice as much water as we need, we could be wasting some 3,525 tonnes of CO2 every day.
- Try to avoid using oversized pots and use a lid where you can. Stacked steamers are a great of harnessing the power of one hob to cook more than one item.
- Don’t leave your electrical appliances sitting on standby mode and ensure that they are turned off at the plug. According to the ‘Powering the Nation’ study completed by the Energy Saving Trust, between 9-16% of the electricity consumed in homes is used to power appliances when they are in this standby mode. On a bill of £500 this could account for as much as £80, which is a significant proportion when it doesn’t really achieve anything!
If you are looking to change your lifestyle when it comes down to the environment. Why not try out this carbon footprint 5 minute questionnaire from the World Wildlife Federation?
Here at ecodek® we already make a difference to the environment by having a product that is both FSC (Forestry of Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the endorsement of Forest Certification) approved, meaning that any wood based product comes from a sustainable and well-managed forest. ecodek® is also made from 95% recycled material, a mixture of 60% post-industrial hardwood and 40% high density polyethylene, which saves 1,500 tonnes of plastics from landfill every year! We believe our product is the best choice when you’re looking for environmentally friendly decking.
Once you’ve finished building your deck, you may have odd offcut left over. Why not save your ecodek® scraps from being sent to landfill as we offer an exclusive waste buy back scheme. This allows us to buy your off-cuts and any unused ecodek boards. We recycle them into new products, saving your money and helping the environment at the same time.
Let’s all make an effort by doing our bit and contribute towards a greener future and a safe, sustainable environment for future generations. After such an achievement in terms of solar power, it’s anyone’s guess as to what records will look like in the near future.