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Ten Interesting Renewable Energy Facts

Green energy is increasingly a popular choice these days and economical around the world. Here at Fidelity Energy, we’re working hard to promote renewable energy. We know it could solve so many of our worries like climate change on a global scale, air pollution in our towns and cities, and acidity in our oceans.

Let us embrace new renewable technology and take a look at ten facts that reveal what the future could hold for all of us…

1. Renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, now generate almost a third of the UK’s electricity.

2. The main forms of renewable energy are: solar, wind, hydro, biofuel and geothermal and these sources are all continually replenished.

3. Just 1 wind turbine (25% output) can generate enough electricity to power over 1,000 (average UK homes).

4. Amazingly, as of 2017, China builds 2 wind turbines every hour!

5. Renewable energy creates 5 times more jobs than fossil fuels.

6. Solar power may account for the world’s main source of power by 2050…

7. And Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.

8. Around 71% of the planet is made up from water, so it makes sense that this is currently the most commonly used renewable source. Providing the energy for over 28 million people.

9. In 2016, Portugal made history by running on renewable energy alone for 107 hours.

10. Megabucks: the renewable energy industry is growing fast. By next year, the global market is expected to be worth £600 billion!

Hopefully, these facts have provided some insight into the incredible world of renewable energy and the endless possibilities that are all around us. Read our How Do I Reduce Carbon and Business Energy Costs? blog to find out how to cut your carbon footprint and save on your business energy bills.

Resources: OVO Energy, Cleantechnica, Wind Watch.

Three Myths About Switching Energy Provider

The other day we spoke to one of our Business Development Executives here at Fidelity Energy to find out the most common myths and misconceptions she hears when speaking to business owners on a daily basis. Read on to see the top three energy switching myths debunked! When was the last time you switched your energy supplier? What’s been stopping you?

1. I will have to pay hidden fees
Here at Fidelity Energy, we are happy to be transparent with our clients, the team has over twenty years’ experience so we know the angles. You won’t be charged additional fees for using our services. Furthermore, we will get in touch when your energy contract is coming to an end and help you switch again, this way you won’t go on the standard variable rate, which can be considerably expensive. With us, you switch once and we will help you switch forever.

2. Can price comparison websites be trusted?
A lot of people can sometimes be under the false impression that comparison websites are nothing more than marketing websites and a scam. The truth is that we want to find a better deal for you and collate all the energy suppliers’ prices, and then we put that against your energy usage to ensure that you’re on the best energy tariff. We do the hard work, so you don’t have to. We will check the Big Six energy suppliers, as well as independent suppliers so you get the most competitive prices possible. Do you still need convincing? Check out our testimonials.

3. I don’t have any time to switch energy supplier
We understand you’re time poor – time is money and you’re strapped for time. So how can you even start to think about your energy bills? Well, you don’t have to – let us use our automated platform to compare 10,000s of tariffs for your electricity and gas. That way you will have more time and probably money!

Give us a few details, sit back and we will see if we can save you money. What could be simpler? What do you have to lose? You may be able to reduce your bill by 44% today!

Not ready to change right now? Why not in the meantime take a look at our How Much Money is Your Business Losing Through Wasted Energy blog.

How Much Money is Your Business Losing Through Wasted Energy?

Do you know how much energy is being wasted by the main appliances and electronic devices your business uses? You probably have no idea that some alterations can help you save hundreds or even thousands of pounds each year.

Let start off with some math to work out the amount of energy and money your business could be potentially wasting.

A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of measurement we will use; if an appliance’s energy usage is measured at 1kWh it basically means it uses 1,000 watts in one hour. One kWh will typically cost around 15 pence. Now let’s look at some devices we have in the office and how much money is wasted.

Man in officeLaptop/Computers
Every workplace will have computers in use for most of the working day and in some cases, they will be on for 24/7.

A desktop computer that is idling will typically use about 100 watts (tower and monitor combined) which is 0.1 kWh – 1.5 pence. Let’s say you’re away from your desk for lunch, meetings etc. for three hours per day so your computer isn’t in use. Now we can use this information to work out how much money is wasted for any period of time:

1.5 pence x 3 hours = 4.5 pence/day.

That amount doesn’t sound like much, but you have more than one computer in the office. Let’s say you have 50 in your business each idling for three hours a day:

(4.5 pence x 50 PCs) x 260 days = £585 per annum (based on a 5-day week 52 weeks per year).

Light Bulbs Lighting
Now we can take a look at your company’s lighting, using the same calculation:

A light bulb typically uses 60w of electricity when on, which is 0.06 kWh, or 0.90 pence per hour.

Let’s say that again your lighting is on for three hours unnecessarily, then for every 50 light bulbs you are wasting:

(2.7 pence x 50 light bulbs) x 260 days = £351.00 per annum.

Old Appliances
Did you know that even if you switch off an appliance it will still use energy if plugged into a switched on plug socket?

These ‘Vampire’ appliances add on average 14 percent to annual domestic electricity bills according to the Energy Saving Trust, costing UK households nearly £1bn in wasted money. This problem can also affect businesses.

Fidelity Energy - Reducing Energy Usage in the Office

If you have TVs, laptops, desktop computers, printers and phone chargers that are not in use in the office make sure to switch them off and unplug them, this will save your business money.

Being mindful of the above could potentially see hundreds of pounds knocked off your business energy bills. Still want to know how you can reduce your carbon and reduce your business energy costs? Read our useful seven simple steps to cut your business’s carbon emissions, save energy and money blog.