Sustainable living and energy use.
What is sustainable living and how can you use energy sustainably?
To help us get into this I decided to ask my ten year old step son the same question as the title of this – what is sustainable living and how can you use energy sustainably?
His immediate answer was, ‘I don’t actually know.’
I thought about this and actually considered how many people do indeed have a good understanding of what sustainable living is and how to use energy sustainably.
Most people’s perception of living sustainably probably harks back to the old hippies of the 1960s with alternative toothpaste made from tree bark that didn’t actually work, smoking dope, living rent free, wearing second hand clothes and not washing as regularly as the rest of us do.
In the modern day we can live sustainably and it is useful to find a definition to work with for the purposes of this short blog.
A quick google search (to save me running up the stairs to grab the Oxford Dictionary) gives this from investopedia (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sustainability.asp):
Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.
For the purposes of this blog and the business activities carried out by EPEC Ltd we will focus on the concept of environmental sustainability. This interlinks closely with economic and social sustainability as ultimately energy use and the way in which we consume resources impacts on our finances and the way society works.
At EPEC Ltd we focus strongly on helping people reduce their energy costs. Ultimately energy use in the home will require a source of electricity for lighting and making devices work as well as for space heating and hot water provision, washing clothes and, in the hotter summer months, space cooling. Other energy sources such as natural gas play a part in heating, for example, hot water and meeting space heating demands.
The link between energy use and economic sustainability is that if we use energy in a sustainable way in our homes we have more money to spend on other things that we need and in some cases, want.
A simple way to use energy in the home in a sustainable way is to employ the use of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, heat pumps and other technologies that allow us to meet the energy requirements we have. Here at EPEC Ltd we offer an energy consultancy service where we use your existing EPC combined with a more detailed survey including analysis of energy use data and provide you with recommendations for reducing your energy usage without having too much of an impact on the way you currently live your life.
We have case studies available showing how we have helped people reduce their energy use, cut energy costs and, in this way, have started to use energy in a more sustainable way.