Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. Have you turned on the heating system yet? If not, do you know if it’s in good shape and ready to go? Also important is to check with your energy provider where your electricity and gas come from. Does electricity come from renewable sources? Is gas carbon-compensated? All those questions about your energy consumption are in reality part of a much bigger picture: the transition to non-fossil fuel based energy.
Sustainable Month November
Energy transition is the focus of the Sustainable Month of November, and the program brings the latest information and a hands-on approach to both the general public and professionals. So if you’re interested in reducing your energy consumption, and consequently, your carbon footprint and your energy bills, make sure to check out the events.
How to take part
Now to get you even more motivated, let’s talk about how you can contribute to the movement. Did you know that the first step to be taken towards energy transition is to reduce your own consumption? Yes, that’s right. Energy transition is all about leaving non-renewable, polluting energy sources behind, which will be completed in the long run, probably on the second half of this century. But to get there, we have to start consuming less now.
And to help us get started, there is a good Dutch saying that goes “meten is weten”, or measuring is knowing. That means we have to first find out how much we consume, and then set a plan in motion to start watching the numbers go down. Can you imagine the satisfaction of seeing your carbon footprint numerically reduced? And the Sustainable Month of November will show that it is surprisingly easy to take action!
Getting the facts straight
There are many possibilities to reduce energy consumption at home. In addition to heating and ventilation, we make use of a whole variety of appliances and electronics. How we use them makes a big difference in energy consumption, because energy consumption is largely determined by our behavior. Take the case of lights, for example; some people think that turning off the lights for a few minutes before leaving a room costs extra electricity because the lights have to go on again after a short period of time. But guess what? That is a myth. Every minute your lights are off save you in electricity consumption.
Now that you’re up to speed, come in action this Sustainable Month! Get more inspiration from the teaser video and join the movement.