When are the greenest times to use electricity in the UK?
Including these in your daily updates will give you the best times to use electrical appliances. Switching the times you use things like dishwashers, chargers and washing machines can cut down CO2 emissions and reduce your carbon footprint.
WHY USE THIS SKILL:
Everyone in the UK gets their electricity from the national grid. This is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, nuclear, coal and gas power stations.
When demand is high, or less renewable energy is available, we rely more on gas and coal power stations. These create more CO2 emissions which are bad for the planet.
Demand and weather changes throughout the day. For example you'll turn on a kettle for a morning cuppa. But so will millions of other Brits. That creates high demand, which means more power needs to be generated.
When it's windy the national grid can rely on wind turbines to deal with demand. And on sunny days, solar panels can make up most of our electricity supply.
When it's cloudy and still however, we have less clean energy available.
Right now, the UK can't store the clean energy that's created on windy and sunny days. So we need to use it or lose it.
This flash briefing takes information from the national grid every 30 minutes to tell you when there is greener electricity available to use.
HOW TO USE:
Anyone in the UK can enable this Flash Briefing. Get an update each morning to find out the greenest window to use electricity each day and plan to run the dishwasher, washing machine, tumbledrier or charge your electric vehicle when demand is lowest and greener energy is highest. Lots of appliances also have delay start functions, this skill can help you know when to program them.
We know this might not always be possible with your lifestyle, but anything you can manage will make a difference.
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