Top green energy savings
Sources to watch for 2020
Business energy: For the first time, zero-carbon energy sources now make up more than half of all the electricity produced, according to the National Grid. This is more than double its use 10 years ago. Want your business to contribute to cutting down on carbon? You’d be well advised to discuss with your business energy consultant before acting.
This landmark achievement results from the introduction of more projects using greener energy sources over the last decade. It’s helping towards creating cleaner power sources to use to help businesses make green energy savings.
Green energy is a top priority for everyone. That’s why it’s in every business’ interest to make sure they’re using sources with the lowest environmental impact. This means finding the right suppliers or the right contract. Every business operating with cleaner energy sources can contribute to the UK’s end goal of having zero-carbon emissions by 2050.
So, what are the top sources of power that can help you make green energy savings?
Here are some low-emissions energy sources you can expect to play a bigger part in generating your business energy:
1. Wind Power
You know those eye-catching windmills you spot in open fields? They create wind power to generate electricity for businesses and households.
In 2019, wind power created a record 40% of the UK’s total electricity, generating more than 16 Gigawatts – that’s more than double since 2017.
The UK now has more than 10,000 wind turbines. On average, these produce 22 Gigawatts of electricity. Further investment is set aside to fund more wind turbines between 2020 and 2022.
2. Tidal and Wave
Yes, that’s right. Sea waves and tide is an essential and effective energy source used to generate electricity. Currently, it provides around 4% of the UK’s electricity on average. This is a small percentage compared to other sources but is set to grow.
The government estimates the energy from tidal waves has the potential to provide as much as 20% of the UK’s total electricity use. This is a prediction of what our future energy could look like!
The benefits of energy from this source is the predictable nature of tides. This means engineers can tell when to make full use of them to generate comparably more energy over a longer time.
You may have heard of this term before. Biomass energy comes from solids, which are decomposed and converted into energy. Sources come from wood, plants, bio-gas and household waste. This process is more cost-effective than some other energy sources and uses waste.
An incredible way of using waste, it plays a smaller part in generating electricity compared with others. To meet zero-emission targets, this type can play a big part. In a report from The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, it highlights that increasing conversion by 2.5% will create energy output by up to 10%.
Biomass is used to create electricity and heat, which is used for industrial processes. Power vehicles also run on bio-fuel, created from biomass.
This is one of the oldest types of ‘green’ energy sources. It uses water through a man-made river or reservoir to create electricity. It’s also one of the cleaner types of energy per unit of electricity it generates.
With further management of hydro-power sites, there’s potential to create as much as more 2 Gigawatts of energy!
5. Ground source heat pumps
Many larger business sites and commercial premises are using these and reaping the benefits. This is due to the large amount of energy it creates.
The benefits are low running costs, they’re quiet to run and can improve air quality. What’s more, a heat pump can last around 10 – 25 years if maintained correctly. On average, a heat pump can produce around 4 kWh of energy. This is much more than the pump needs to power it. A consultant can assess how your commercial site could benefit from installing one or more onto your site. They can also analyse how much you can save on your business energy.
Want to know how to find cleaner greener energy for your business? An upgrade or changeover assessed by an energy consultant could be just what you need! This is to help your business cut down on its carbon emissions. Not to mention saving money as well!