The impact of climate change in the UK

The effects of climate change can be seen in our every day lives. Weather patterns are becoming increasingly disrupted and unpredictable and significant warming trends have been seen over the last century. During the last 40 years, the UK’s winters have grown warmer, with heavier bursts of rain. The summers are growing drier and hotter – one of the starkest changes over the last 200 years is our summers have become drier causing widespread water shortages.

The last 6 years have been the warmest years since records began. And during August 2003, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK was taken in Brogdale in Kent. It was 38.5°C.

Renewable energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters offer an alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce your homes CO2 emissions.

There are financial benefits too. Investing in a renewable energy technology now basically means pre-buying energy at today’s prices for a future where energy may cost a lot more.

Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight.

Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

PV cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity, even on a cloudy day.

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Links to useful websites

Energy Saving Trust
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

Micro Generation
http://www.microgenerationcertification.org

Low Carbon Buildings
http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk

Government DECC
http://www.decc.gov.uk

Green Book Live
http://www.greenbooklive.com

Solar Power Portal
http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk