STOP CLIMATE CHANGE
How? GO ELECTRIC
The reality is that alone we can do almost nothing. Governments and business must act. But, we can prepare for when they do act by “going electric” now.
Why go electric? Well, the world must stop burning fossil fuels completely, but things will still need power. So, electricity must become carbon-free. The current UK government plans to decarbonise our power by 2035, and Labour recently committed to “removing fossil fuels from all of Britain's electricity generation by 2030.”
Why now? Yes, going electric now may mean being an early adopter. It may mean paying over the odds for tech that is not quite ready ... that may be obsolete in just a few years. Nonetheless, we must “put our money where our mouths are” and fund the technologies everyone will need in the near future.
My household has started this journey.
This website is for us to share our research, our decisions, our regrets, and the tricks we have found to make the most of new electric devices. We are adding a comments section for you to contribute your own views – a comments section that will be moderated rigorously to focus narrowly on features, products, problems, and solutions.
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What Can We Do to Stop Climate Change?
Photo: Courtesy of Nick Miotke/Roadshow
Electric Car: Jaguar I-PACE
Driving an electric car is not an immediate answer to the climate emergency since the electricity used is usually generated by burning fossil fuels. Nonetheless, we bought an electric car to:
be ready when UK power generation is decarbonised,
fund the continuing development of electric cars and the charging infrastructure, and
even now, electric cars are more carbon efficient than taking a train.
We bought our electric car in 2019. The market has moved on considerably since then. So, I won't detail our decision process. Briefly, we wanted a convertible with long range.
Second, we wanted long-range. At the time, other than Tesla, only 3 electric cars had a range of over 200 miles. We settled on the Jaguar I-Pace.
We've had the car for nearly 4 years, and still love it. Here is what we have learned:
• Battery range and charging
• Recalls, maintenance, and breakdowns
E-Bike: Gazelle Ultimate C380
Nearly half of all journeys are less than 2 miles - i.e. an 8-minute (or less) cycle ride - yet over a third of people drive. Even when power generation is decarbonised, driving this distance is wasteful. But right now, all such journeys should be by bike or on foot.
For me the issue was inconvenience: wearing appropriate clothes, finding the locks and panniers, and overcoming the dread of the exertion (headwinds, hills, bad weather, ...).
Getting an ebike was the critical first step:
Weight is no longer a consideration. So, I keep a pannier packed & ready to go.
Travel time is predictable. I could use turbo assist the entire ride, meaning that I can maintain 15 mph or 4 mins/ mile.
Given predictable travel times, weather (and to a certain extent, clothing) is not a concern. If it isn't raining now, then it won't during my ride.
I discuss the above in various articles:
Electric Cooking: Instant Pot
Gas stoves contribute to climate change. They are also a source of indoor pollution: carbon monoxide, particulates, and formaldehyde. Even when not in use, they can emit benzene and other carcinogens.
Beyond that, they are inefficient -- less than half the heat generated gets to the food. Electric hobs are more efficient. Induction hobs more efficient still, but the most energy-efficient way to cook is with a pressure cooker.
In addition to being something we can do to stop climate change, pressure cookers:
save time - in preparation, cooking, and cleaning up
retains nutrients and flavours, and are
surprisingly versatile in what you can cook
In various articles I will discuss:
the features of the best pressure cooker (in my view)
the accessories I use
tips and tricks
Photo: Courtesy of Target
Electric Heating: Heat Pump
Heating accounts for 14% of UK carbon emissions. It is the largest source of residential carbon emissions. Unfortunately tackling this is complicated by the fact that different homes benefit from different solutions.
The 3 most efficient sources of heat are solar thermal, heat pumps, and biomass boilers. Added to the mix is home insulation.
We are investigating these options right now and as we find things out, we will be posting here.
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