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If you want to make sense of home energy, speak to the Green Energy Centre

How you can save energy, save money
and help save the environment


Going green. Carbon footprint. Ozone layer. Solar power. Wind energy. Fossil fuels are just some of the phrases you’ve probably heard and read about in recent years, as the debate about climate change and what to do about it continues. From governments and charities to businesses and individuals, everybody wants to ‘do their bit’ for the environment. But what can you do? When there seem to be so many choices, what are the right solutions for your home, lifestyle, family and budget?


The Homeowner’s Introduction
to Renewable Energy


The aim of this guide is simple: to give you the information you need, in a clear and jargon-free way, to make informed decisions about the best ways to save energy (and money!) in your home. We hope you find it useful but if you would like any further help or advice on any energy issue, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 975 0166, or pop into one of our showrooms as listed on the back cover.


Energy and the way we use it

  • We are using energy in ever increasing quantities
  • We do so in every area of our lives, from providing warmth and light, to travelling and working
  • Traditionally, we have burnt fossil fuels - coal, oil and gas - to provide this energy
  • These natural resources have taken millions of years to form and are running out
  • When burnt they release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming
  • National and international agreements, such as the Renewables Obligation and the Kyoto Protocol, commit us to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions
ENERGY AND HOW WE USE IT
Did you know?
The energy used in our homes (around 6.5 tonnes per year) is responsible for around 27% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions.





Renewable Energy defined
‘Energy flows derived from natural forces that are continuously at work in the earth’s environment, and which are not depleted by being used.’ Put simply, renewable energy sources either give off no greenhouse gases or are carbon neutral over their life-cycle. Renewable energy can save you money and help save the planet.



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