Future Energy – Top investments to reduce your carbon footprint

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There are daily actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment. To have really significant impacts, you should make some investments which enable sustainable energy long term. This sustainability will have the added benefit of saving you money! Here, let’s dive into the changes you can make in your life in order to minimise your carbon footprint.

Ducted heat pump installation`

Opting for a heat pump as both your heater and air conditioner unit as opposed to another form of heating or cooling is the most sustainable choice. Alternative options will use more energy or burn oil which generates unnecessary carbon emissions. Advanced technologies within heat pumps additionally use as least energy as possible to cut down on the fossil fuel burning that occurs to create said energy as well as the cost of running them. You can choose between many different types – high wall or floor mounted heat pumps, multi room heat pumps. And choose between different renowned brands – Panasonic heat pumps, Mitsubishi heat pumps and more. 

Ducted heat pumps are more environmentally friendly as you can spread the hot or cool air faster throughout the home through vents, which in turn can reduce how long you need the unit switched on. Ducted heat pumps coincided with heat recovery home ventilation systems and solar power amplifies your sustainability. You can find sustainable energy companies in your area by searching phrases like “Ducted heat pump installation auckland nz” Which leads to the next investment…

Solar panels, solar power inverter and solar power battery installation

Transitioning from standard energy to naturally sourced energy – solar power – is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. The amount of energy we use on a daily basis accumulates to a large amount of fossil fuel being burnt throughout the years. This can be completely avoided through the installation of solar panels, a solar inverter and solar power battery

Are you wondering how solar power actually works? Essentially, the solar panels on your home take in solar power which is transformed to household energy through the solar power inverter. While not all solar systems have a solar power battery, you can install this as an extra addition to store additional energy to avoid worrying about there not being enough when the sun is sparse. 

Switch to electric cars and install an EV charging station 

There is currently a global shift to electric cars simply because they are better for the environment. In fact, by 2040, nearly 60% of vehicles being sold will be that of electric vehicles.   As you can imagine, the billions of vehicles burning fuel everyday adds up to dramatic impacts on the environment. As the name suggests, electric cars use energy instead of fuel, which reduces your carbon footprint dramatically.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty details. Both gas and electric cars include chemically stored energy. However, electric vehicles have a lithium-ion battery to release the electricity and in the process, no gas is burned during the driving of the vehicles and therefore no carbon emissions are generated. In addition, the energy produced is utilised more efficiently in an electric car than that of their gas counterparts.

Olivia Fairhurst is a Content Manager for Future Energy, a sustainable energy solutions company offering heat pumps, air conditioners, solar power, EV charger installation and home ventilation systems in Auckland NZ.

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