Saving Energy and Reducing the Carbon Footprint around Swansea

Save EnergyThere has been some exciting news regarding the introduction of alternative energy in and around Swansea. It appears that the proposed solar farm, installing 65,300 electricity generating panels is going to be given the green light.  The farm has been recommended for approval, meaning if it goes through there will be more than 70 acres of solar panels located outside the Five Roads Village, situated close to Llanelli.

A Positive Move into a Greener Future
The solar farm will generate electricity in a way that is good for the environment, but there has been some opposition to the plan. The Llanelli Rural Council are concerned about the impact the farm will have on the landscape. However, with greener energy there are many positive benefits, the main one being the use of a sustainable energy source that requires a lot less maintenance, is cheap and it doesn’t produce waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants.

Making a Difference
Businesses and home owners in Swansea are being encouraged to do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint for the good of the environment and to reduce energy costs. There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Installing your own solar panels is one way and if you decide to do that professional venders like Precision Roofing, Inc can help you choose from the many different solar options that are available to you.  However, there are many more that you can use alongside the solar panels, or without. The top ways to save energy in business include:

  • Replacing old windows and replacing them with energy efficient UPVC double glazing from Swansea. Windows lose heat from the property and allow cold air to enter. Upgrading to modern double glazing reduces the amount of energy that is required to heat up the property, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Replacing equipment with contemporary energy efficient equipment, such as computers, appliances and machinery.
  • Training employees to be aware of the way they use energy. Insisting all equipment is turned off after use and all waste materials are recycled or reused correctly.
  • Conducting an audit to discover areas where energy is being wasted in the company. Outside service providers can offer this service to help you discover how you’re using and wasting water, gas and electricity and evaluate your waste disposal.
  • Printing less within the company will make a huge difference as it makes up around 35% of the waste of every company.  Reduce printing and use technology for your documentation. You can now go completely digital using collaboration tools, and it’s even possible to have contracts sent and signed digitally using specialist software such as Adobe Acrobat.
  • Collaborate with other green companies. Investigate how the companies you use work towards being carbon neutral. Check out their green policy and change if you find they are not taking enough action. You will benefit greatly by ensuring your supply chain is green.

All of these methods are well-known yet many businesses in Swansea are still lacking. Make a difference and become part of the solution.