Homeowner Blog

UK Net Zero Targets: How Close Are We?

George Riley · 26 May 2021

Climate change is fast becoming an unavoidable part of our daily lives. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a level not seen for over 3 million years. Ever more regular wildfires, heavy flooding and heatwaves foreshadow the devastation a destabilised climate could cause.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has laid out a pathway for emissions reductions which should limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, the level estimated to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. This includes almost halving emissions by 2030, and reaching net zero by 2050. The ‘net’ means that the most difficult emission to eliminate, like farming or aviation, could be offset with carbon removal (via natural means or emerging technologies).

So how close are we to reaching the UK net zero targets?

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Topics: Environment

How Do Electric Cars Reduce Pollution?

George Riley · 25 Feb 2021

Think back to the last time you took the Tube, ran beside a congested road, or walked in rural wilderness. Air pollution is tangible, in a way that perhaps other planet-harming emissions aren’t, and so the benefits of tackling it can be more apparent and immediate.

Public Health England says that ‘Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.’ Long term exposure to air pollution can affect the lungs and heart with chronic diseases and cancer. Short term exposure can exacerbate asthma and affect lung function. In total it’s estimated that air pollution is responsible for 28,000-36,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.

What can we do about it? Air pollution is a huge topic with many interconnected causes and solutions. So in particular, we’re going to take a look at EVs and air quality, asking: how do electric cars reduce pollution?

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Topics: EV charging, Environment

Zero Carbon Homes and Renewable Technologies: Our New Brochure

George Riley · 20 Jan 2021

It will come as no surprise to hear that we are passionate about renewable energy. Our mission here at Spirit Energy has always been to support every building in becoming its own sustainable micro power station, generating and utilising as much of its own clean energy on site as possible.

As we move towards a net zero carbon society, it’s essential that we build zero carbon homes. But what exactly does this mean? And what is the best way to incorporate renewable technologies when building your new house?

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Topics: Battery storage, Spirit Energy news, EV charging, In roof solar panels, Solar PV, Environment

Discover Solar at Reading Climate Festival

George Riley · 29 Oct 2020

We’re very excited to announce that Spirit will be hosting a talk at Reading Climate Festival, a week of events this November to inspire climate action.

In what’s been an extremely tough year, there have been glimmers of hope in the sustainability world, from China’s surprise pledge to the UK’s expansion of wind power and protected areas of nature. Hopefully this festival will help our local community find ways to live more sustainably.

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Topics: Spirit Energy news, Solar PV, Environment

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: a 12 Month Plan

George Riley · 15 Jan 2020

More and more of us are becoming aware of the urgency of the need to decarbonise our lifestyles. The latest warning from the IPCC gives us only 10 years to cut global emissions in half, or risk catastrophic damage to our climate. Whether you’ve gone solar or not, you may be thinking about how to reduce your carbon footprint. But where do you start?

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Topics: LED lighting, Solar PV, Environment

The Carbon Footprint of a Solar Panel

Erica Charles · 27 Sep 2019

In the wake of the largest climate protests the world has ever seen, we have dug a little deeper in our own backyard to assess the ‘lifetime’ carbon footprint of a solar system...

It’s a real joy to switch on your solar PV system for the first time and to know that electricity is being produced in your home directly from the sun. By watching the meter or the inverter you can see with your own eyes that your roof is no longer merely a shelter from the elements, but a state-of-the-art generator producing energy for you in its most valuable form at no on-going cost to the environment.

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Topics: Solar PV, Environment