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Choose The Green Way: not the motorway

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As an MCS registered solar panel installer based in Milton Keynes which is a town designed to be the overspill of London, and is centrally located between London, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge, it's no surprise that Milton Keynes is the most expensive rail commute to London in the UK and is also rather extortionate when it comes to commuting by car. Veygo Magazine analysed the cost of commuting around the UK by train and car, and the terrifying total for rail commuters in Milton Keynes is a staggering £515.80 a month to get to work in London. However, arriving to work in London by car is even worse: those driving and parking, have to fork out an astonishing £734 per month! This makes it the 2nd most expensive car commute to London after Oxford at £741.50.

Despite still being in the midst of a global pandemic, life is beginning to go back to normal for parts of the population. 13% of people in London have returned to the office, with 14% in Cardiff and Edinburgh, and 18% in Belfast.  The UK’s carbon emissions fell by more than a third at the height of the lockdown, and the challenge for the government and businesses is how we ease into the new normal without the threat of sending emissions back up to levels that threaten us reaching the net-zero target in 2050. Private transport is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases, with emissions rising every year and in countries like the UK and the US, the transport sector is responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than any other, including electricity production and agriculture. Globally, transport accounts for around a quarter of CO2 emissions. The average petrol car on the road in the UK produces the equivalent of 180g of CO2 every kilometre, so a commuter from Milton Keynes to London would produce a shocking 15,840g of CO2 on the journey there! 

[Caitlyn Hirst - Student]

Limiting commuting will not only lower the carbon emissions from transport, but it will also help to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic-packaged convenience food and drink that is picked up on the way to work. Working from home means a healthier homemade alternative is readily available and one less sandwich box is being used. Even if the individual does not work from home, but works a relatively close distance, they will have more time in the morning to make something instead of buying a meal deal from the shop.

The money saved from commuting and buying convenience food/drink could be invested within much greener alternatives, such as solar panels. Solar power is one of the cleanest, most reliable forms of renewable energy available, and converts the sun's rays into electricity which can then be used to supply renewable energy to your home. Traditional electricity from the grid relies heavily on fossil fuels which are incredibly bad for the environment, and are also finite, limited resources. The sun is impossible to monopolise; therefore, it provides us with unlimited energy that we could never run out of. Solar power system will start saving customers money from the moment that they turn it on. Instead of buying train tickets for £500+, investing in something that will save you money and stabilise your electricity, seems like a fantastical way forward.


 

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Telephone: 01908 915 565
Email: info@thegreenwaysolar.co.uk