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Good Green vs Mean Green

It's World Environment Day, and that makes you think Green – the colour of life. Plants, nature, green energy, recycling initiatives - and Thrift Energy – all carry the invigorating hue but there is one particular mean green causing harm to the planet: Greenhouse gases.

The importance of energy-efficient solutions has peaked and changes should start at home.  The release of the latest report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Net Zero proposes new greenhouse gas emissions targets and demonstrates a need for urgent action to prevent further damage to the environment and ultimately, our world.

What is Net Zero?

Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming is a report that has stepped up ambitions for a greener planet - by calling to eradicate greenhouse gases entirely. Prior to the report, UK Government aimed for an 80 per cent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but this report has pushed even harder, declaring that it should be possible to reach Net Zero; 0 greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050, just over 30 years.

Greenhouse gas emissions cause the planet to heat as they trap in heat that radiates from the sun. As a result, polar ice caps are melting, creating higher sea levels and a gradual warming of the entire plane. If this continues, the consequences will be dire for biodiversity and beyond, wiping out many species and affecting our food chains.

The chairman of the report, Lord Deben calls for the UK to “make firm plans for housing and domestic heat” and states there is a need for change in other areas including industrial emissions, carbon capture and storage and agriculture.

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Energy efficiency can be achieved through improving the thermal retention of properties, so they hold heat better and don’t require as much energy and fuel to stay warm. Renewable energy measures are on the rise and Thrift Energy have recently completed a solar panel installation in Oxford, which will generate greener energy and prevent 1.3 - 1.6 tonnes of Carbon dioxide per year.

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A recent Solar Panel installation in Oxford by Thrift Energy
Solar Panels generate renewable energy and save up to 1.6 Carbon dioxide tonnes per year
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The project was managed by Paul Stewart down South

The Energy Savings Trust state that Insulation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve homes, reducing carbon emissions by around 1040 kg per year. If one street of 20 properties has effective Insulation, they would prevent over 20, 000kg of Carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Work is already underway in Hartlepool and Durham, as Thrift Energy secure funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) and Local Authorities for the removal and replacement of inefficient Insulation and then install brand new, A-rated boilers that increase energy efficiency and backed by a 5 year manufacturers warranty.

There is no time like the present to make positive changes, so for energy efficient improvements #ThinkThrift and call 0800 689 3415.

Beth Raffo’s climb up Kilimanjaro in aid of Smile for Life sponsered by Thrift Energy

On the 17th August Beth Raffo embarked on her journey to Africa to climb the mighty Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain as well as an active volcano – find out more here: https://bit.ly/2NxUJ3m

Now that Beth has returned and had time to re-cooperate, we have caught up with her to find out all about her journey with a Q&A…

Hi Beth! Well done on your amazing trip. First things first, how was your journey up Kilimanjaro and was it how you expected?

I only knew what I read on the internet so yes, it was different to what I expected. It started off as rainforest and then became more and more baron the higher I got, and it was strange to see! The camps were very busy, although I’d read about the thousands of people that climb it every day but there were a lot more other climbers than I’d thought.

Kilimanjaro is a challenging climb, were there any times on your journey that you struggled?

To be honest I felt really good the whole way up, we had a heartrate and blood oxygen monitor and my levels were great the whole time! I felt emotional not far from Stella Point but after a stop and some sugar I was up before I knew it!

Good to hear! How was the view at the top, even better than imagined?

It was incredible, the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. We arrived there for sunrise and my photographs, although they are great, they just don’t do it any justice! We also got to the see the Kersten glacier which was amazing but that won’t be there forever sadly due to global warming.

That sounds amazing! Did everyone involved manage make it to the top?

There was 8 of us in the group, 1 made it to the last camp so over 4000m but he was too exhausted to get up to the top. Another person only made it to Stellar Point but that was her goal and the rest of us made it to highest point – Uhuru Peak.

Upon your return there was a celebration at a hotel at the foot of the mountain, how was it?

It was great! We had a big meal and the porters sang traditional songs and danced with us all, it was very emotional!

So it has been an emotional rollercoaster – how are you feeling now?

I feel great! I don’t have any aches or pains but that’s probably due to all the exercise I usually do.

What surprised you the most about your journey?

The amount of weight the porters carry and the speed they climb! Each porter including 2 female porters carried about 7kg in a backpack then up to 20kg of equipment on their heads. The strength and fitness they all had was unbelievable.

That is incredible, and what was your favourite/least favourite part?

My favourite part was the summiting itself, the view and feeling I had was like no other, or possibly climbing the Barranco wall! Least favourite, the toilets….

 

We will take your word on that one. You were raising money for a very important cause, the children’s charity Smile for Life, how much did you ultimately raise?

£4000 including the £1130 donated by Thrift Energy.

What a huge amount. We are sure that will make a big difference! Final question, would you do it again?

No, now I’ve done it it’s ticked off my bucket list, but I do want to climb Mt. Meru in Arusha, Tanzania! It’s 4565m so it’ll be easier than Kilimanjaro and it’s close to some of the best safari parks in the world.

Wow, Beth Raffo sure has done a fantastic job to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro and Thrift Energy are proud to have supported her on this magnificent journey and to donate to such a wonderful cause.

Smile for Life is a charity dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of children. Working in the North East of England their vision is to put a smile on the face of every disabled and disadvantaged child and to empower these children and young people to achieve their potential to live a full and happy life. To find out more click here: http://www.smileforlife.org.uk/

Thrift Energy win award for Insulation and Fabric Installer / Contractor of the year 2018

Thrift Energy are delighted to announce that we have won the award for Insulation and Fabric Installer / Contractor of the year 2018 at the Energy Efficiency Awards 2018!

Recognising excellence in the energy saving sector, the award ceremony took place at the Hilton Metropole, NEC, Birmingham on Friday 7th September 2018. The National Energy Efficiency Awards were launched in July 2015 following the changes in Government Energy Efficiency Policy. Previously known as the Green Deal & ECO Awards, the aim of the Energy Efficiency Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the Energy Efficiency sector is doing in implementing these, and other, energy efficiency schemes.

Thrift Energy previously won the same award in 2016 and after a very busy year we are thrilled to have our continuous hard work and contribution the energy sector recognized once again.
As one of the leading Green Deal and ECO installers nationwide, at Thrift Energy we provide a wide range of energy-saving services and installations, helping to save our customers a total of £762,000 in 2017 alone, we aim to exceed this number in 2018 and onwards.

To learn more about our heating and insulation products and services, visit here: http://www.thriftenergy.co.uk/our-services/

Additionally, you can find out more about the Regional Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year award 2017 by following the link: http://energyefficiencyawards.co.uk/index.php

 

Thrift Energy are finalist for Energy Efficiency Award 2018

Thrift Energy are delighted to announce that we are finalists for the upcoming Energy Efficiency Awards 2018. Recognising excellence in the energy saving sector, the award ceremony will take place at the Hilton Metropole, NEC, Birmingham on Friday 7th September 2018.

The National Energy Efficiency Awards were launched in July 2015 following the changes in Government Energy Efficiency Policy. Previously known as the Green Deal & ECO Awards, the aim of the Energy Efficiency Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work the Energy Efficiency sector is doing in implementing these, and other, energy efficiency schemes.
Nominated under the award category of Regional Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year, we are thrilled to have our continuous hard work and contribution the energy sector recognized in such a prestigious way. An award we have previously won in 2016, Thrift Energy are proud to continue our efforts to provide quality workmanship, and excellent customer service, demonstrating best practice within our local community.

As one of the leading Green Deal and ECO installers nationwide, at Thrift Energy we provide a wide range of energy-saving services and installations, helping to save our customers a total of £762,000 in 2017 alone, we aim to exceed this number in 2018 and onwards.

To learn more about our heating and insulation products and services, visit here: http://www.thriftenergy.co.uk/our-services/

Additionally, you can find out more about the Regional Insulation & Fabric Installer of the Year award 2017 by following the link: http://energyefficiencyawards.co.uk/index.php

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