To be more sustainable the community must pursue a combination of energy efficiency activities and installations of renewable energy technologies. This drive for reduced energy consumption will allow the community to move away from an over reliance on costly and polluting fossil-fuels, and also benefit from savings made on fuel reduction and income generation through renewable energy incentive schemes.
The report Esk Valley – A low carbon future investigated current and possible future energy use. Extracts from the report are given here. Follow the link to read the full report.
1.1 Energy benchmarking
For the local community to be able to assess their progress towards a low carbon area, an energy demand benchmark must first be determined. CO2Sense have completed this baseline of current electrical and heat energy demand for the Esk Valley using published government figures. These can be seen in Table 1. Going forward, the community can use these annually published DECC figures to monitor and evaluate their change and progress.
Table 1 – Baseline summary
|Current annual domestic demand||20,320 MWh||55,000 MWh|
|Potential annual domestic demand
(with 30% energy reduction)
|12,192 MWh||33,000 MWh|
|Estimated existing renewable energy generation||518 MWh||1,390 MWh|
|Potential Renewable Energy generation
(as recommended in feasibility study)
|933.85 MWh||4,161 MWh|
|Existing percentage demand met by local renewables||2.6%||2.5%|
|Potential percentage demand met by local renewables
(with 30% demand reduction)
The total annual domestic electrical consumption has been found to be around 20,320 MWh and heat consumption is 55,000 MWh.
The pages in this section introduce ways to reduce your energy use through increasing the energy efficiency of your house so that less energy is wasted and by suggesting ways of reducing your energy usage.
1.2 Energy reduction
This low carbon action plan scrutinises how the current energy demand can be effectively reduced. This is described as ‘Power Down’ in the plan. This includes measures of upgrading the building fabric of the housing stock in the Esk Valley, alongside draught reduction, glazing upgrades and the installation of smart meters.
This report has found that if 67% of the Esk Valley housing stock was improved to meet the ‘super’ insulated scenario as described in Section 5, then a reduction of current heat demand of 30% could be achieved. For electricity usage, a large number of reduction measures have been outlined and it is proposed that these could lead to a similar 30% reduction in electrical energy consumption.
By reducing the energy demand required by the community, through the energy efficiency measures suggested, the percentage of energy demand which could be met by renewable sources becomes much greater.
Follow the links below to find some ideas.
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