What is the issue with energy in the UK?
In the UK and in the rest of the MEDC (More Economical Developed Countries),use enormous amounts of energy that we need for our every day lives. We use a lot of electricity to light up our homes, heat our homes and cook foods. Our entire transportation system is heavily reliant on oil.
Energy use has increased significaly since the start of the industrial revolution. This die to increase in the human population, increased production of consumer goods and increasing use of intensive such as washing machines, televisions and cars.
The planet is running out on fossil fuels. Due to the fact most countries depend on There is a huge demand for energy worldwide (Fig 2) because countries are using it too quickly.
How can families be more energy efficient in their transport choices?
Walking and Cycling
Half of all UK car journeys are for fewer than five miles. Short distances lies can be expensive, because cars can use twice as much fuel as when engines are warming up. Walking and cycling can be practical substitute, especially in a town or city. They’re certainly cheaper, saving on parking fees as well as fuel. Also the health benefits are huge!
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For longer journeys public transport can significantly reduce amount of pollution and greenhouse emissions you generate each day. Using this type of alternative transportation gives you the freedom to use your time wisely. If you live in the suburbs of metropolitan areas or on the outer edges of large cities using the park and ride system (Fig 3) could make big savings! Park and ride are car parks with connections to public transport that allow commuters and other people headed to city centres to leave their vehicles and transfer to a bus or rail system for the remainder of the journey. The vehicle is stored in the car park during the day and retrieved when the owner returns. Using will reduce your carbon foot print.
Hybrid and electric cars
Families could upgrade their old family car they might consider getting a hybrid (Fig 4) or electric cars.(Fig 5) Buying an electric car reduces green house gases which is a major step into improving the environment. The down side to electric car is that, the can not go more than 120 miles before the car runs out of power and takes over 12 hours to charge. Hybrid cars include two engines – one electric and one fuel powered, and this is how they minimize the fuel consumption in drastic levels. In addition they also include a special system which stores more energy in a battery included in the vehicle
Figure 4 Hybrid car Figure 5 Electric car How can Families be more energy efficient at home?
How can families be more energy efficient in their life style choices?
Beddington Zero Energy Development(Fig 6)(Fig7) (BedZED) is an environmentally friendly housing development in Hackbridge, London. BedZED's low-energy-emission concept, cars are discouraged; the project encourages public transport, cycling, and walking, and has limited parking space. BedZED is designed to use only energy from renewable sources generated on site. Building materials were selected fro renewable or recycled sources within 35 miles of the site. Residents are encouraged to use environmentally friendly alternative to car ownership, an on site-site selection of vehicles are available for use. Electric and liquefied-petroleum gas cars have priority over cars that burn petrol and diesel. And also electricity is provided in paring space for charging electric cars.
Buying locally produced goods and services. Goods and services that are produced locally eliminate thousands of pounds of carbon by reducing fossil fuel transportation demands.
How different stake holders react to the issue of energy efficiency?
Family should use renewable energy to generate energy. For transport choice families should use public transport or cycling. By buying local produced food it reduce the use of fossil fuels. I thin that their sustainable because renewable wouldn’t run out depending on the area, it will be able to serve future generations .Families in the UK can be become more energy efficient in the future by using new technology, using technology could make vehicles that use fossil fuels do you less of it. Families in he UK can be come more efficient by using more renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.