5 Simple Steps to Living Green in the City

Living green in the city

The inner-city population continues to grow each year across the world, with over 40 million individuals choosing to move into urban areas. Currently, half of the world’s population lives in cities and this is expected to grow to two thirds by 2050.

The increasing population density in urban areas can pose environmental issues, such as poor air quality, high energy consumption and waste-disposal problems. As you may know, this concentrated energy use can lead to a greater production of CO2 emissions, which is hazardous to the environment.

In order to reduce the environmental impact, the inner-city population must make a conscious effort to live more sustainably. Living green in the city starts with making small, but effective changes to your everyday life. Here are 5 ways that you could make if you’re considering living green in the city.

1. Walk to work

Cars, trucks and vans account for the highest percentage of commuter choices in the UK. If you live and work within the city, making the change to walk to work can help to reduce your carbon footprint. The only fuel that is needed for walking to work is the food that you eat and the water that you drink!

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, in 2018, transport accounted for 33% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Walking to work is not a possibility for many individuals living in the city, however, public transit and bikes are widely available in most cities across the UK. Walking to work, or switching to a bike or public transports is a great way to begin living green in the city.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Inner-city plastic pollution poses a myriad of environmental issues. Approximately 7.7 million plastic bottles are purchased across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste.

The condensed population within the city centre results in lots of plastic and non-recyclable waste every year. If you’re thinking about living green in the city centre, it’s important to be conscious of how much plastic and non-recyclable products that you use.

If you’re considering living green in the city, you will need to make the conscious effort to educate yourself on recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Separating your plastic and cans, instead of including in your general waste bin can be extremely impactful and can help to reduce plastic waste that is polluting the oceans and city-centre streets.

Making simple swaps such as using reusable bags for shopping can also help to reduce plastic waste. Single-use plastics are extremely problematic for the environment, so making the conscious effort to reduce plastic use, reusing materials around your home and recycling can help you on your way to living green in the city.

3. Switch to Green Energy Suppliers

The consumption of non-renewable energy in urban areas is unsustainable and is extremely harmful to the environment. Making the switch to a green energy supplier can help to reduce the CO2 that’s released into the atmosphere. Renewable energy sources (hydro, wind, solar) provide a clean, sustainable alternative.

Currently, 70% of UK households are powered by non-renewable energy sources, so making the switch to a green energy supplier is a great way to begin living green in the city. At Eversmart, we offer affordable renewable energy tariffs.

4. Unplug your appliances

Living green in the city means that you will have to make simple, but effective changes to your everyday lifestyle. This can be as simple as unplugging the appliances in your home. Even if your device is switched off at the mains, it doesn’t necessarily means that energy isn’t flowing through to it.

By making the conscious effort to unplug your device, you can conserve energy which will reduce your overall consumption. This is only a small change, but if everybody in the city made the switch to living green in the city and unplugged their devices, the impact could be huge.

5. Conserve water

Living green in the city means being more mindful of how much water you use. Making small changes, such as turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth can also be really impactful. The average bathroom faucet dispenses 9.5L of water every minute and it takes a lot of energy and resources to get water from the treatment plant and into your home. Making these small changes can start you on your way to living green in the city.

If you would like to find out more information about living green in the city, or any information about the green energy tariffs that we offer, get in touch today.

Eversmart Energy Marketing Manager
Grace Bowden

How Meat Agriculture Contributes to Global Warming

Many people are aware that a meat-based diet contributes to global warming. When land is used to raise animals for meat rather than for the use of crops, then this area of land loses water, soil and potentially trees, which has a devastating impact on the natural environment.

On a global scale, animal agriculture is responsible for emitting more greenhouse gas than all of the transportation systems in the world, combined. Growing food for the ever-increasing global population is more likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over the threshold of current safety measures which are currently in place.

But, knowing just how meat contributes to global warming is important when it comes to making decisions and changes to your diet and lifestyle.

How does meat contribute to global warming?

Scientists believe that a meat-based diet is one of the largest contributing factors to global warming. When land is used to raise animals, water and soil are lost and trees are chopped down to make space for the livestock to graze and live. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the planes, trains and cars in the world combined.

From animal agriculture, red meat is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas production. Cows produce methane which is a greenhouse gas similar to carbon dioxide. Per year, a single cow produces between 70 and 120kg of methane and the negative effect of methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Worldwide, it’s estimated that there are currently close to 1.6 billion cows, which means a gargantuan amount of methane is emitted to the earth’s atmosphere every year.

Without meat or dairy products, then global farmland area could be reduced by anything up to 75%, which is an area the same size as China, the EU, US and Australia combined, whilst still being able to feed the global population. For example, making just one beefburger uses the same amount of fossil fuels as it would to drive a car for 20 miles and, surprisingly, more than one-third of fossil fuels are used to raise animals for food.

Does becoming vegetarian or vegan help?

It is estimated that a widespread switch to vegetarianism may cut emissions by up to two-thirds, so eating a vegetarian or vegan diet will help overall emission levels. Unbalanced diets which are low in vegetables, fruits and red and processed meat are responsible for growing numbers of health issues across the globe and, at the same time, the food system is currently responsible for around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a huge driving force when it comes to climate change.

Instead of taking drastic measures to drop meat altogether, scientists are urging people to develop “meat consciousness”, by reducing the amount of meat in our diets. By eating fewer meals with meat and dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on collective health and the planet.

Can I Make Any Other Lifestyle Changes?

Whist vegetarianism is not for everyone, there are other ways that you can help tackle the effects of global warming. Switching your gas and energy supplier, walking or cycling rather than driving and using less water are all great ways that you can lessen your contribution to global warming, as well as switching to a healthier diet and eating less dairy and meat. You can find out more information about how to reduce your carbon footprint here.

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Understanding the Different Types of Renewable Energy

renewable energy

The environmental issues posed by climate climate change have resulted in an increased demand to transition to cleaner, renewable energy alternatives.

By 2020 the UK will need to produce 30% of its electricity, 12% of heat and 10% fuel from renewable sources. In 2019 so far, the percentage of renewable energy used to power the UK is 37.4%. Here at Eversmart, our renewable electricity is sourced from 80% wind and 20% hydro energy.

Solar Energy

Solar power is one of the most popular and fastest-growing renewable energy sources. Solar panels require UV rays to work effectively, so even the cloudiest places on earth have proven to be excellent for producing solar power.

It’s a common misconception that only sunny places can benefit from solar energy, when in fact solar panels work well in cold climates, including snowy weather. However, the effectiveness of the PV system can be hindered when snow covers the panels.

Wind Energy

Wind energy is one of the most popular forms of energy and plays an increasingly important role in the way we power the world. The worldwide usage of wind energy is on the rise, as installation costs continue to fall. Wind farms continue to provide the UK’s highest energy percentage and in 2018, this power source accounted for 49.2% of the UK renewable energy consumption.

Kinetic energy is produced by air motion, which is used to produce electricity. The wind turbines then transform the kinetic energy into the energy we use to power our homes. The amount of power that’s harvested depends on how big the wind turbine, the bigger the turbine, the more energy is generated.

Wind

Hydroelectric Energy

Hydroelectricity is one of the lesser-known forms of renewable energy available to us in the UK. Energy is created using the power and movement of flowing or falling water, as the energy and strength of the water spins the turbines and in turn, generates electricity.

There are various sources of hydro energy, generated from both artificial and natural sources. However, the most commonly used sources are generated from run-of-the-river hydropower is generated using turbines located in rivers and tidal and offshore plants use tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

It’s been estimated that wave and run-of-the-river energy has the potential to deliver around 20 percent of the UK’s current electricity needs, however in 2018 hydro plants only accounted for 2.9% of the UK’s renewable energy use.

Running on 100% renewable energy

It’s predicted that the UK will move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050. The country will be powered entirely by the wind, solar and hydro energy sources. Some countries have already been successful in achieving 100% renewable energy sources including Iceland, Albania and Paraguay.

In order to achieve 100% renewable energy on a global-scale, everybody needs to make big, impactful changes, such as switching to a green energy provider. Political action, as well as full compliance from business leaders abroad is also required in order to fundamentally change the way that energy is generated.

To find out more information about the renewable electricity we supply, or to discuss our energy tariffs, contact us today or get a quote.

The Eversmart Family

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With the threat of severe global warming looming over us all, it’s more important than ever to be aware of how to reduce your carbon footprint. The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%.

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Anything beyond this, even a slight temperature change of half a degree, could have a catastrophic effect and worsen the risk of extreme heat, droughts and flooding.

It’s our responsibility to create simple but effective changes in our everyday lives to combat this. If you would like to make a conscious effort to save the environment but are unsure about how to reduce your carbon footprint, here are some simple tips on where to begin:

1. How to reduce your carbon footprint: eat less meat

Animal agriculture is considered to be one of the most problematic issues when it comes to climate change. Farms and big corporations that produce red meat contribute to the creation of methane, which is a greenhouse gas similar to carbon dioxide. A cow can produce between 70 – 120kg of methane a year.

The environmental impact that red meat farming inflicts on the environment dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork. A study conducted by the University of Oxford revealed that meat-rich diets (defined as more than 100g per day) resulted in 7.2kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing your meat intake, with a particular focus on red meat, can result in fewer carbon emissions being produced.

2. Save energy through your electronic devices

Even if the mains are switched off, electricity can still be passed through to your devices if they are plugged in. By making a conscious effort to unplug your home devices, you can conserve energy and reduce your consumption.

Although this is a minimal change to make, if everybody in the UK did the same, the impact would be huge. So, next time you have a device in the socket remember to unplug it!

3. Use another form of transport

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive less and to cycle more. Driving your vehicle is one of the prime contributors of CO2 emissions, which is why many companies and governments are bringing in initiatives to change this. Commuters are now cycling to work through cycle schemes rather than commute in their car. Environmentally conscious European countries such as Amsterdam are leading the way with cycle-friendly lanes.

4. Get ‘green fingers’

Ever thought about taking up gardening? Planting more flowers and growing garden can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint. Plants absorb carbon dioxide which is great for the health of humans and the environment. It can also help with making the environment cooler and prevent the earth from ‘heating up’.

5. Dry your clothes naturally

A final method on how to reduce your carbon footprint is to dry your clothes naturally. Drying clothes can save up to ⅓ of your carbon footprint compared to using the dryer which is one of the most common appliances for consuming energy.

Now that you know how to reduce your carbon footprint you can begin to make small changes to your lifestyle What we do and the choices we make can ultimately make a huge difference so consider the choice you make when trying to reduce your carbon footprint.

If you would like more information on how to reduce your carbon footprint, or would like to switch to Evermsart, get in touch today or get an energy quote.

 

The Eversmart Family

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Eversmart customer service enhancement – Reassurance and acknowledgement

Eversmart customer service enhancement – Reassurance and acknowledgement

With some recent setbacks implementing our new app and web portal, we would like to address and reassure all Eversmart customers of our commitment to customer service. We are an ever-evolving company and with evolution comes learning. Every action we take is with our customers in mind.

Over the past few years Eversmart has dramatically expanded and like any company we are adapting to ensure our customers receive the best service from us. We have some unique technology allowing you to see live energy updated every 6 seconds (Glow Stick link), along with multiple user-friendly technical enhancements.

During the application of our new exciting customer user enhancements, it is normal to have a few technical setbacks. We want to reassure our customers we are aware of the issues and everything is in hand.

A few of our customers have faced portal login issues, this is due to our new system updates. To reassure our customers this is in hand, we have fixed 90% of our customers login’s, please bear with us and let us know if you have any issues our team will support immediately, we always urge our customers to contact us if they have any problems. Eversmart have invested over £1mill in systems over the past 12 months, investing in development.

External paper billing is something Eversmart as a company do not push. This is extremely bad for our environment and we try to be a paperless company where we can. Environmental sustainability is in the forefront of everything we do. With regards to any other billing issues last year, this was due to an external entity out of our control – this has all now been fixed and managed.

To ensure our customer service is top quality we have implemented even further support for our customers, our internal UK customer service team has grown by twelve since January 2019. Lee Dearden (Head of Customer Service), has been brought on-board to steer further expansion of the team and to fully maintain and improve quality processes in line with the company’s anticipated growth.

Mr Dearden said: ‘We are already working on some major improvements.  These include a new billing system, a new website and technology portal with improved help service solutions, revised shift patterns to ensure better coverage and new KPIs and reporting platforms.’

Customer service is the main reason Barney Cook (CEO of Eversmart energy), started this business and it will continue to be a number one focus. We would like to reassure all customers our service is and will continue to be top standard. Many companies experience setbacks, but it’s how you deal with them and learn from them that counts.

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For more information, go to www.eversmartenergy.co.uk

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Grace Bowden (Senior marketing executive)