Energy Saving Advice Service
At the Energy Saving Advice Service our philosophy is to show every organisation we deal with , how best to save energy and how to make sure that the energy used has the minimum impact both financially and environmentally. In the UK and indeed across the world we have an addiction to fossil fuels, and it’s not sustainable. The developed world gets 80% of its energy from fossil fuels; Britain, 90%. And this is unsustainable for three reasons.
Firstly, easily-accessible fossil fuels will at some point run out, so we’ll eventually have to get our energy from someplace else. The Energy Saving Advice Service can provide you with some great alternatives.
Secondly, burning fossil fuels is having a measurable and very-probably dangerous effect on the climate. Avoiding dangerous climate change motivates an immediate change from our current use of fossil fuels.
Thirdly, even if we don’t care about climate change, a drastic reduction in Britain’s fossil fuel consumption would seem a wise move if we care about security of supply: continued rapid use of the North Sea oil and gas reserves will otherwise soon force fossil-addicted Britain to depend on imports from overseas sources.
How can the Energy Saving Advice Service help us get off our fossil fuel addiction?
There’s no shortage of advice on how to make a difference, but the public is confused, uncertain whether these schemes are fixes or figleaves. The Energy Saving Advice Service specialises in cost-effective, easy-to-understand solutions. People are rightly suspicious when companies tell us that buying their green product means we’ve done our bit. They are equally uneasy about national energy strategy. Are decentralization and combined heat and power, green enough, for example? The government would have
us think so. But would these technologies really discharge Britain’s duties regarding climate change? Are windfarms merely a gesture to prove our leaders’ environmental credentials ? Is nuclear power essential? We need a plan that adds up. The good news is that such plans can be made, and The Energy Saving Advice Service can help. The bad news is that implementing them will not be easy.
The Energy Saving Advice Service says that we need numbers, not adjectives
Can a country like the United Kingdom, famously well endowed with wind, wave, and tidal resources, live on its own renewables. We often hear that Britain’s renewables are huge, but it’s not sufficient to know that a source of energy is huge. We need to know how it compares with another huge, namely our huge consumption. To make such comparisons, we need numbers, not adjectives.
With simple honest numbers in place, we will more easily be able to answer very difficult questions such as:
- Can a country like Britain conceivably live on its own renewable energy sources?
- Will a switch to advanced technologies allow us to eliminate carbon dioxide pollution without changing our lifestyle.
While we are at it, let's try to debunk several myths. For example, leaving mobile phone chargers plugged in is often held up as an example of a behavioural eco-crime, with people who switch their chargers off being praised for doing their bit. The truth is that a typical mobile phone charger consumes just 0.01 kWh per day. The amount of energy saved by switching off the phone charger, 0.01 kWh, is exactly the same as the energy used by driving an average car for one second. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t switch phone chargers off. But don’t be duped by the mantra every little helps. Obsessively switching off the phone-charger is like bailing the Titanic with a teaspoon. Do switch it off, but please be aware how tiny a gesture it is. All the energy saved in switching off your charger for one day is used up in one second of car-driving. The energy saved in switching off the charger for one year is equal to the energy in a single hot bath. Your charger is only a tiny tiny fraction of your total energy consumption.
The Energy Saving Advice Service position is very clear "If everyone does a little, we’ll achieve only a little."
Another memorable number is the contribution of long-distance flying to a person’s energy footprint. If you fly to Cape Town and back once per year, the energy you use in that trip is nearly as big as the energy used by driving an average car 50 km per day, every day, all year.
A significant item in the British energy footprint is stuff. Imported manufactured stuff is usually omitted from Britain’s energy footprint, since another country’s industry was responsible for expending the energy; but that overseas energy cost of making imported manufactured stuff (things like vehicles, machinery, white goods, electrical and electronic equipment, iron, steel, and dry bulk products is at least 40 kWh per day per person.
A couple of self evident facts have emerged
First, for any renewable facility to make an appreciable contribution a contribution at all comparable to our current consumption it has to be country-sized. To provide one quarter of our current energy consumption by growing energy crops, for example, would require 75% of Britain to be covered with biomass plantations. To provide 4% of our current energy consumption from wave power would require 500 km of Atlantic coastline to be completely filled with wave farms. Someone who wants to live on renewable energy, but expects the infrastructure associated with that renewable not to be large or intrusive, is deluding himself.
Second, if economic constraints and public objections are set aside, it would be possible for the average European energy consumption of 125 kWh/d per person to be provided from these country-sized renewable sources. The two hugest contributors would be photovoltaic panels, which, covering 5% or 10% of the country, would provide 50 kWh/d per person. Such an immense panelling of the countryside and filling of British seas with wind machines (having a capacity five times greater than all the wind turbines in the world today) may be possible according to the laws of physics, but would the public accept and pay for such extreme arrangements? If we answer no, we are forced to conclude that current consumption will never be met by British renewables. The Energy Saving Advice Service advocates a radical reduction in consumption, or significant additional sources of energy or,of course,both.
This is where the Energy Saving Advice Service comes in. Working with supply and thought partners that are recognised as the best in the business we can advise how to reduce your energy bills for heating, lighting, air conditioning and many other areas. These savings apply whether you are a large factory or a domestic user. In addition for larger clients we can demonstrate further savings of circa 10% by utilising Voltage Optimisation technology.
We are happy to provide a free site survey and report and many of these ENERGY SAVING ADVICE SERVICE SOLUTIONS can be funded, off balance sheet, to minimise impact on your cash flow.
Whatver your energy usage position is, the Energy Saving Advice Service will help you save money, save energy and save the environment