Are you going green in 2019?

Is this the year you make a decisive change and go green in key aspects of how you live or work?

For many of us, the notion of going green has been a noble one but it has meant smaller, everyday gestures, such as how we recycle waste.

Now, however, the technology has developed where we can make key changes in our daily, working lives that are positive for the planet.

As specialist electrical contractors, we offer key services to help and support people go green, including electric vehicle (EV) charge point installations, and LED lighting solutions.

Is 2019 the Year of the Electric Car?

While there have been early adopters of electric vehicles in the UK, take-up has not been huge. This may be set to change in 2019.

There are three key issues which will affect how drivers perceive EV ownership.

  • One is the development of a supporting infrastructure, including more EV charge points.

  • Another is the value of the vehicles themselves, and especially their residual value.

  • A third is how electric cars are evolving, and becoming more efficient and reliable, with more models coming onto the market.

The UK Government is supporting initiatives to get more EV charge points in place, in both the workplace and the home.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provides a Workplace Charging Scheme and Homecharge Scheme, designed to encourage people to install more EV charge points.

Both schemes offer grants towards the cost of installation, providing applications meet terms and conditions, using an approved installer – and Future Energy Group is one.

What about the perceived value of EVs? A shift in how people see their residual value will begin to boost the second-hand and resale market.

This will make it easier for people to switch to EVs, helping to drive the market in both business-leased and privately-owned vehicles.

Choosing a vehicle that holds its resale value yields a higher residual value and industry forecasts are that the residual values for electric cars are improving.

There are now more EVs on the market, with manufacturers such as VW, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover all launching electric or hybrid models. The choice for the consumer is improving, and there are now also luxury EV models from premium brands, such as the Jaguar I-Pace.

Early adopters can sometimes suffer from being too early, but with electric vehicles, the stars are coming into alignment, and going green now looks like an increasingly attractive option in 2019.

Energy Saving Illumination

When it comes to reducing energy consumption in the pursuit of greener lifestyles and working practices, lighting is hugely significant.

The Carbon Trust reports that lighting accounts for as much of 40% of a building’s total electricity bill, and 20% of energy consumption in commercial or industrial buildings.

However, the good news regarding lighting is that notable energy efficiencies are relatively straightforward to achieve.

LED technology provides a readily available, highly adaptable lighting solution for businesses, and in the home too.

Working on the principle of electroluminescence, LEDs emit light under the influence of an electric field from a diode semiconductor. This produces energy in the form of photons, units of light. LEDs release large numbers of outward-bound photons.

A normal lamp must generate a lot of heat through heating a filament, whereas with an LED equivalent, a much higher percentage of its electrical power directly generates light. This makes it far more energy efficient.

From the early 2000s onwards, the cost of LED semiconductor material has come down, making LEDs a highly competitive, cost effective alternative to conventional lighting across a range of sectors, in commercial, industrial and domestic settings.

Going Green is Getting Easier

Resolutions can be hard to deliver on, but going green is getting easier all the time.

Whether you are looking at your EV transport options, or the energy you could be saving through LED lighting, please talk to us.

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