Energy savings and renewable energy as well as savings on water and heat. This is where we can reduce our environmental impact, when we consume energy. It is our intention to, through care and the choices of low-energy and renewable energy sollution, to limit our contribution to global warming and ressource consumption.
Energy use from fossil fuels, even without indstrial use, makes it out for 26 % of the global CO2 emissions. But renewable energy (RE) constitues ca. 13 % of the worlds energy. In Denmark RE has grown from 16 % in 2000 to 43 % in 2012 – 30 % of which is from wind.
It is important to take active part in the transition!*
we make a difference
At our residency in Denmark the consumption of electricity is CO2-neutral because it is covered by electricity from solar panels from our 6 kW solar cell system.
Residency in denmark
The CO2 savings from using solar cell electricity at our residencies in 2014 and 2015 is 226 kg.** We were 15 people for 8 days with a consumption of 610 Kwh in total. When the CO2 savings are not bigger it is because there is a lot of green energy in the danish energy system already.
Residency in portugal
When we were looking for a residency in Portugal we sought after, among other things, a place that prioritized the care for the environment. At Moinho da Fonte Sante – which we chose, the electricity comes from a nearby artificial lake. It is CO2 friendly, but the local consequences of an artificial lake are not all positive. In the winter the heat comes from burning locally produces wood.
As a small contribution to climate friendly electricity consumption we have invested in some small transportable solar panels, that can charge cellphones, Ipads etc. which makes sense in Portugal, where the sun often shines.
The saved kW is always the best kW. That is why the it is always and eye opener when you get an idea about where your energy is consumed. At the residencies in 2014 and 2015 we have calculated how the energy consumption was distributed. It is the same calculations we have used for the total estimation of CO2 savings.
We make a point out of telling our participants at the resiedincies about The Independent AIRs pinciples about sustainable choices in the every day life and that their contribution is important. When it comes to energy consumption we encourage to spend energy with thoughtfullness, taking short showers fx, turn of the light when leaving a room, not leaving your computer on standby, using thermos in stead of coffee machines for keeping the coffee warm, filling the dish washing machine up and not doing dishes under running water. Not using too much water was especially important in Portugal where water is scarce.
Energy savings are also about investing in the more environmentally friendly appliances. We have taken that into consideration when buying new office printer, light bulbs (LED) etc. It is also about not printing more copys of photos then needed, not washing your clothes more than is needed, not buying unnecessary stuff because the production of things in general cost energy, transport and trash handling.
Energy consumption on residency 2014 and 2015
*Source: (IPCC 2014) (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
** We calculate our CO2 emission with an emission factor for electricity production in Denmark according to the numbers from 2014 which was 405 g pr KWh and in 2015 it was 324 g pr KWh. The factor decreases as the renewable energy in the system increases.
Source: Energinet.dk Energinet.dk (by the ministry of energy and climate).