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COVID-19: A glimpse into a greener future?

A 2 minute read

With just one in six employees returning to their workplace since the pandemic, our home energy bills are surging to extents that haven't been seen before. From charging your phone, using the WiFi for zoom meetings, using the dishwasher more often, baking, having more time for longer showers, the UK’s energy meters are soaring.

Homeworking became one of the new realities for millions of workers globally and nationally, and it affected the climate for the good, and for the bad. Commuting and transport emissions account for 21% of the UK’s carbon footprint and everyday employees spend 4.6 million hours commuting, so eliminating your commute from your daily tasks will dramatically aid our carbon reduction goal, whilst allowing you to be at ease with your own carbon footprint. You won't be alone as almost 3 million UK workers plan to continue working from home after witnessing the impact they have had by cutting out their commute to work. 

At the start of the lockdown, road traffic dropped to levels that hadn’t been seen since the 1950s. Some of the world's most crowded and urbanised places have observed the air pollution clearing significantly as strict stay at home orders were put in place in response to COVID-19, as countries implemented severe travel restrictions, closed their borders, office blocks not running heaters or air conditioners, and fewer people are commuting by car. As lockdown restrictions were gradually lifted, Britons were urged to be part of a mass movement to work from home to help the planet in the global crisis against carbon emissions. 

With the majority of the UK at home, 72% of households noticed and will continue to see an increase in their energy consumption, and they face an average increase of £32 per month in energy bills. This, unfortunately, could increase energy bills up by £387 over a year. The average annual cost of a combined gas and electricity bill has been estimated by Comparethemarket.com to rise from around £1,034 to £1,421 if households continue to work from home. Consequently, rising energy bills were worrying 44% of respondents, who are concerned that working from home could lead to bills they could not afford to pay.

There is a solution. 

Despite the current situation, solar panels are continuing to generate an abundance of clean, low-cost power, and providing houses with up to 80% of their electricity, which owners of solar panels would have found a blessing over the lockdown period. With four in ten adults having become more aware of climate change because of the lockdown restrictions, 57% said it has made them hopeful of making real changes to tackle the climate emergency. With this attitude growing and advancing, the solar sector is remaining optimistic to see a significant increase in consumers wanting a greener life and being a key player in operation. Solar technology has developed considerably over the past decade, helping to drive down costs for millions of people.

Written by Caitlyn Hirst [Student]


 

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