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Working towards net-zero in our homes

What does net-zero actually mean?

Net-zero is the goal of removing the same amount of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere that is produced and released into it. It is a process of getting this balance right. Some greenhouse gases are released naturally, but when fossil fuels are burned to heat our homes or power factories and engines, it upsets the balance and tips the scales contributing to global warming.

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A cleaner world begins at home

Achieving net-zero doesn’t mean removing all carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but there will be a focus on minimising the impact of our energy needs. Switching to sustainable energy from renewable sources will take us a big step in the right direction. Energy from solar, wind, geothermal or bioenergy are all renewable ways to heat our homes – whereas oil, coal and natural gas release pollutants into the air when burned. They’re also a finite resource that will eventually run out.

The UK is one of many countries that has committed to reaching net-zero by the year 2050. With 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from households, everyone has a role to play in hitting net-zero. Imagine the difference if all our homes switched to cleaner, sustainable energy, and all UK homes became more energy efficient. By working together we can do it. We’ll not only improve the quality of the air around us but also reduce our impact on the climate.

Simple changes

The world of energy is changing for everyone. What we do today will play a big part in reaching the UK’s net-zero target by 2050. At home, it means we can all make simple changes to how we live. But it won’t mean compromising on comfort, and it could even save you money.

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Upfront cost vs future savings

It means taking simple steps to reduce wasted energy, such as draft excluders and smart home devices.

But we know cost of living is a factor too. So it’s about doing what you can, but also weighing up the pros and cons of investing now to save on your energy bills for years to come. We’ll guide you through any schemes or government incentives that we think can help you with costs.

Helping you make the right choices

As an energy provider, we know we have a massive part to play in the future of home energy and meeting our collective targets, too. That means providing sustainable energy for your home, and giving you the insight and confidence to make informed choices yourself. Your journey to low-carbon living starts here – and we’re with you every step of the way.