[008] – RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH GOOD ENERGY - Sustainable(ish)

[008] – RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH GOOD ENERGY

Renewable energy seems to really have the bit between it's teeth now, which is fabulous news. It has gone from contributing 9% of our electricity mix in 2009, to 25% in 2018 and in 2017 more renewable energy was added to the 'global grid' than energy from fossil fuels.
In this episode I'm chatting to Tom Steward who is one of the energy boffins (and very lovely with it!) at Good Energy. It's a fascinating conversation about the renewable energy sector in general, and about Good Energy and their 'good approach' to energy, business and everything that they do.

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Useful links

Good Energy website

Good Energy on Facebook

Good Energy on Twitter

More information about Good Energy's carbon off-setting schemes

The blog posts that Tom refers to about the the different types of renewable tariffs and why they aren't all created equally
- Not all Green Tariffs are created Equal - Part 1
- Not all Green Tariffs are created Equal - Part 2
- Not all Green Tariffs are created Equal - Part 3

Where to find local community energy projects

Air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps

Solar iboost

My Sustainable Life FB community(do come and join us!)

The Sustainable Living Hub - for anyone looking for more inspiration, motivation and support to start, or continue on, their sustainable living journey

Here's what you'll learn

  • Why renewable energy is so important.
  • The different types of renewable energy available to us here in the UK, and the importance of having a varied energy mix from renewables.
  • Is a 100% renewable energy grid possible, and when might that happen?
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    Questions to ask when you're looking to switch to a renewable energy provider
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    How to switch and how easy it can be!
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    The challenges facing the renewable sector and what we can as individuals can do to support it

Top Tips for Saving Energy

  • Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room, no matter how long for
  • Think abut the energy efficiency of the 'fabric' of your home- things like loft and cavity wall insulation, double glazing etc
  • How old and energy efficient is your boiler?

ACTION
YOU CAN TAKE AFTER LISTENING

BABY STEPS
  • Research renewable energy tariffs and get some quotes
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    Investigate the 'energy efficiency' of your home - loft insulation; cavity wall insulation etc.
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    Engage other people about their energy tariffs by simply asking them where they get their energy from
BIGGER STEPS
  • Make the switch to a renewable energy tariff
  • Write to your local MP and policy makers (local councillors etc) asking them what they are doing about climate change
  • Invest in local community energy projects
GREAT STRIDES
  • Install solar panels, an air source heat pump or even a small wind turbine if you have the space!

So what are your 'takeaways'?
What actions can you take THIS WEEK after listening to this?
I'd love to hear your thoughts, and especially if you've been inspired to switch to a renewable energy tariff - do leave a comment below, or come and join in the conversation in my Sustainable Life community on FB!

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