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4 green energy myths debunked

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As the climate crisis worsens, more and more pressure has been put on businesses to switch to renewable energy sources. While this surge in popularity is brilliant news for future generations, such quick progress in any sector usually breeds some misinformation and confusion.

Unfortunately, these myths become wide spread and often put people off switching from fossil fuels. But as the UK strives towards its net zero targets, it is essential that these myths are debunked. Businesses need to understand the true benefits that come with becoming sustainable.

We take a look at some common green energy myths, and put the renewable story straight. 

Green energy is too expensive

One of the most common misconceptions about green energy is the price. While renewable energy installations can be costly initially, there are often long-term financial rewards.

Green procurement is also becoming the most economical solution for businesses of all sizes. Renewable energy is now the cheapest form of electricity in countries that together make up around three-quarters of the world’s GDP. Plus, costs will most likely continue to fall as renewable energy becomes more popular, making these sources of energy more accessible for everyone.

Renewables are not reliable

Green energy comes with some ‘what ifs’:
  • What if there is no wind or sun some days?
  • What if it starts to get darker earlier in the winter?
  • What if you’re not situated in an area that can capture large number of natural resources?
The main benefit of renewable energy, is that it will never run out. While the weather does have an effect on its consistency, this is where the benefits of storage can come into play. Thermal stores, electric and heat batteries are the most common ways of storing energy onsite. As the development of energy storage ramps up and the grid becomes more flexible, utilising natural resources will become the more pragmatic choice for businesses in a net zero economy. An average onshore wind turbine can produce over 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. This is enough to meet the electricity demands of an estimated 1,500 households.

Wind turbines harm wildlife and are an inefficient use of land

Wind farms have gained a lot of bad attributes as they have started to become more prominent in the energy industry. One outdated myth is that the turbines kill birds and other wildlife. While this may be true on occasion, the number of birds killed by wind turbines is far lower than deaths caused by cars, pesticides, or other animals such as cats.

Before wind turbines are erected, there are assessments that must be carried out to ensure wildlife won’t be consistently harmed. And while turbines take up space in fields, it has been observed that cattle are often completely unaffected by their presence. Meaning the land can still be used for farming.

Climate change isn’t real

The myth that climate change is a hoax was once believed by a much broader range of people. But as the effects of the climate crisis become more and more evident, it has become near impossible for there to be any argument behind this one.

97% of climate scientists have proposed that human activity is causing climate change. While a lot of the damage that has been done cannot be reversed, it is important that businesses take action to make sure they stop any further environmental harm. There were 269 new planning applications for new wind, solar and bioenergy projects in 2019. This was up from 204 the previous year, showing the consistent rise in eco-consciousness.

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How can we help?

It can be easy to get caught up in myths and rumours when it comes to procuring green energy. But once you understand the benefits, it becomes clear that renewables are the way forward for every business. At National Utility Hub, we use our green procurement strategy to analyse your energy admin to match you with the right contract. This way you can become sustainable while also finding the most efficient strategy for your business.

Get in touch today to hear more about how our comprehensive list of services can help you to get green.

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