The coal truth - 67 days without coal
The nation recently set a record of going over 67 days coal-free. So, we teamed up with Energy Saving Trust and Carol Vorderman to explain why small actions - such as getting a smart meter installed - can add up and make a big difference.
The coal free record of 67 days was equivalent to taking 2.9m cars off the road
During these 67 days we relied more on renewable energy to generate electricity, rather than burning fossil fuels. This is the longest period since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Carol Vorderman explains why going coal free is so key:
"Many years ago I worked as a civil engineer in an enormous hydro-electric station. It started my fascination with renewable energy. We have been transitioning from fossil fuels making our electricity, to renewables. A critical part of that is predicting how much energy will be needed and when. New tech, like smart meters, will help to do this and update our energy system.
"That's why the simple actions we take are so important, because when they are added together they're immensely powerful. Getting a smart meter installed is a small thing we can all do. Not only do they help us monitor how much energy we use, they'll also help fight climate change by helping us to rely more on renewable energy and enabling low carbon alternatives such as EVs.
"The easiest way to see how far we've come is to look at our recent 67 days without the use of coal fired power stations. A brilliant new record! And while there was low energy demand during those days, the record could not have been achieved without renewable energy - a huge feat that I'm very proud of."
What steps are we already taking to combat climate change?
Our research shows that British adults want to help combat the climate crisis and they're already taking actions, such as:
- reducing their waste and recycling more (70%)
- using less energy (66%)
- driving less (65%)
- using more renewable energy (64%)
However, there is still more we can do too.
What small actions can you take to help in the fight against climate change?
1. Having a smart meter installed
The near-real time data smart meters provide will help us better manage the supply and demand of energy to reduce waste, and also shift energy usage away from traditional peak times - which are currently reliant on fossil fuel energy - and make more use of renewables.
2. Using less water
By using less water, we're reducing the amount of energy used in the pumping of water.
3. Wasting less food
When food waste is taken to landfill, it isn't exposed to enough oxygen to allow it to naturally biodegrade. This means it rots and decays - allowing methane into the air.
4. Using an electric vehicle (EV)
Although the exact reduction in carbon dioxide depends on the electric vehicle, rather than using petrol which is a fossil fuel, EVs are powered by electricity. Therefore, as we switch to using more and more renewable energy, EVs will cause fewer carbon emissions.
5. Using public transport
Public transport moves more people with fewer vehicles which requires less energy and therefore less fuel. It also allows other drivers and their passengers to get to their destinations faster and use less fuel. As most vehicles are powered using petrol or diesel which are fossil fuels, reducing the number on the road limits the amount of greenhouse gases produced.
Request your smart meter
Just by having a smart meter installed you're helping to upgrade Britain's energy system.
Simply type your energy supplier into the box below and we'll connect you.
You may also be interested in...
- Why are smart meters so important for Britain's energy upgrade? - find out why the smart meter rollout is so important to the future of Great Britain.
- Smart meter reviews - why do people love their new meters?
- The missing piece in the climate conversation - what is the #MissingPiece?