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Can we All do more for the Environment?

Climate change is a very real worry and lots of us want to help reduce its impact on our planet. There are lots of things we can do to help, luckily. Many of them may not be big but they can make a real difference to our lives and, ultimately, to the planet. We just all need to work together to help reverse the damage caused by climate change.

Around the home, you can find eco-friendly ways to generate heat and electricity. Consider installing solar panels for your power and a stove for your heating. A wood burning stove or multi-fuel stove can be used to heat at least one room using renewable energy, and you can use a back boiler to heat more of your home if you would like to. You can also install roof lights, as these will help to provide some natural heat from the sun. They also reduce the need for artificial lighting, bringing your energy consumption during the day right down.

How Affordable is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy sometimes has a reputation for being more expensive than other kinds of energy. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. As long as you do your research carefully and know what to expect, you could save yourself some money whilst you help to do your bit for the future of the planet.

Renewable energy could take the form of solar power, which is easy for people to install in their own homes. Whilst you may have to pay some taxes, it should cut your energy bill down dramatically.

Another popular way to heat your home and generate energy in a renewable way is by having a wood-burning stove. This will allow you to heat a room, or even your whole house, without having to rely on mains electricity. This also makes it very cost effective and you will be able to buy some very good budget fuels.

Working in the Renewable Energy Industry

As renewable energy becomes more popular, the industry is expanding. This means that more jobs are becoming available. If you’ve always wanted to have an environmentally-friendly job, now is just the right time to get into the industry.

There are all kinds of different jobs available in the industry. Many of them are going to be geared up towards research, so it will benefit you to have good analytical skills. You may also need to have a technical background.

There are lots of opportunities to become an engineer within green industries. If you’ve already trained as an engineer, this will be a major advantage for you. However, it’s never too late and there are plenty of opportunities to train. You might be able to train on the job for some roles, though some will require a specific degree.

It may be possible for you to transfer from your current job into an eco-friendly industry. For example, if you work in a call centre or in customer service, go and work for a renewable energy company instead. It will be very rewarding and you will be able to do something which you already understand.

Can Wind Turbines be Animal-Friendly?

The RSPB have voiced their concern over certain wind farms in the United Kingdom due to the threat they pose to wildlife. Is it possible for animals and wind turbines to co-exist?

The main argument which the RSPB have put forward against wind farms is that they can cause damage to animal populations, mainly birds and bats. However, there is the potential for a variety of wildlife to be affected due to the habitat which is destroyed during wind farm construction. The main problems facing birds are disruption to migration paths, as well as the general positioning of wind turbines. Raptors use wind currents to glide on, so if a wind turbine is obstructing their way they could come into contact with it, resulting in injury or even death.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that the RSPB do not oppose wind farms as a whole. What the object to is the positioning of certain wind turbines, asking the government to carefully consider this factor in order to cause minimal damage to wildlife populations. They have only raised objections to 49 of the 1,031 wind turbine applications which they’ve been involved in.

The RSPB have now set a good example of how it should be done by installing a wind turbine at the organisation’s headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire. They’ve positioned it carefully, and will switch it off for a total of one hour a day around sunrise and sunset during certain wind conditions. This will ensure that it doesn’t cause disruption to the site’s population of noctule and pipistrelle bats.

The turbine will generate enough energy to supply more than half of the RSPB’s 127 UK sites.

 

42% of Electricity Produced by Wind in Denmark

It has been announced that in 2015, Denmark managed to produce 42% of its electricity using wind turbines. 55% of electricity in the west of the country and 23% in the east came from wind turbines in what has been a record year for this type of energy production. This was despite the fact that two large onshore windfarms were actually offline, and had they been in action as well, the country would have been looking at a total of 43.5%.

The figures are a 3% rise on those of 2014, which had held the previous wind energy production record for Denmark. It’s down to the fact that the year was particularly windy, allowing full advantage to be taken of the energy which can be harnessed from these weather conditions. The country is now generating surplus power 16% of the time, which is sold off to Norway, Sweden and Germany. On one particular day when the weather conditions were just right, Denmark exported 40% of its power. The country is fully involved in the import and export of renewable energy, buying in hydroelectric power from Norway and solar energy from Germany.

These successes in 2015 set a positive example to the rest of the world and are very encouraging in terms of showing how to build a renewable future. Denmark is coming ever-closer to achieving its aim of producing 50% of all its electricity by means of wind power by the year 2050.