Working together is key to future energy management
Wednesday 27th April 2011
recently read an article in The
Guardian that stated the demand for electricity is expected to triple by
2050. It’s a scary thought, especially when you consider that the Government’s
main aim over the next 20 odd years will be to reduce carbon emissions, and
therefore limit energy consumption.
how exactly does Government plan on meeting the demand while reducing Britain’s
previously discussed within my blogs, the first step in carbon reduction will
soon reach your home in the form of a smart meter. The Government’s expectation
is that the smart meter rollout will bring the public on side and encourage
them to reduce their reduce energy consumption. But I fear they’re missing a
meters and the smart grid alone won’t give consumers a reason to reduce their
energy consumption. The Government is going to have to work hard to convince
consumers of the benefits of reducing carbon emissions; and I have no doubt the
main incentive will centre around cost savings.
Navetas, we’re in the process of researching attitudes to energy saving and the
initial results support this. While a massive 96% of us want to reduce our
energy consumption, overwhelmingly this appears to be due to financial reasons,
cited by 79% of Brits who want to make energy savings. In contrast, only 39% of
us want to reduce our energy consumption to save the environment.
research shows that many of us are using energy-saving light bulbs, putting the
heating on for less and washing at lower temperatures, but how can we be sure
these actions are making a difference? Could we make even bigger savings if we
focused our efforts elsewhere, for example by turning all our appliances off
when we’re not using them or not filling the kettle every time we want a
answer to getting the British public on-side lies in technology and detailed
information, at an appliance level. We want to know what uses the most energy
in our home and will most likely be convinced to change our behaviour long—term
when we can see the immediate impact it has on our energy bills. Disaggregation technology, working alongside
smart meters, could well be the key to the Government getting the British
public on side to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.
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