Go further by going carbon neutral with Shell Energy
By: Shell Energy
02 Jun 2020
Ever wondered how you can reduce your carbon footprint? You’re not alone. Almost three-quarters of people in the UK worry about their own carbon emissions and want to take action. There are a few things you can do with your home energy to reduce your carbon footprint. Why not start by choosing our new Go Further tariff, which makes your home energy carbon neutral? And as it’s all about going further, our quick guide below will guide you through the action you can take right now.
What does carbon neutral mean?
First off, let’s understand what we mean by ‘carbon neutral’. It’s a term that’s used a lot, but what exactly does it mean? In its simplest terms, carbon neutral is a balancing act. For any carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere, an equal amount is taken out.
So how does it apply to energy? Well, as an example of one part of the lifecycle, when we use gas, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. When we protect and restore natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and wetlands, that can help to absorb carbon dioxide.
How we make your home energy carbon neutral
Nature can help us to curb carbon dioxide emissions. That’s why we contribute to nature-based carbon offset programs on your behalf. These projects protect existing natural forest ecosystems which absorb and store carbon dioxide.
What does that mean for you? Think of our Go Further tariff as reducing the carbon dioxide emissions in stages. First off, we not only provide 100% renewable electricity* but we also offset any residual carbon dioxide emissions linked to the full lifecycle of that electricity. Additionally, we offset the carbon dioxide emissions from the full lifecycle of the gas you use. So essentially, we cover all the home energy supplied by us. You can put your feet up knowing all your home energy that we provide is carbon neutral.
How else to reduce your carbon footprint
Energy is essential to power and heat our homes. But there are other quick and easy changes that can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions linked to your home energy.
The first step is to be more aware of the energy you’re using. By introducing a smart meter into your home, you can track the energy you use and eliminate any wastage. After all, less energy means fewer carbon dioxide emissions. From there, you can then start building a smarter home with smart technology. Take a smart thermostat, for example. That’ll get to know your energy usage and help you to be as efficient as possible, without you lifting a finger.