Going Green – Top Tips for Buying an Electric Vehicle to Help Save Our Planet
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Q. How can I buy an electric car?
A. Even though electric vehicles (EVs) cost more than conventional combustion-engined cars, they have a much lower running cost – making them ultimately more economical.
Indeed, research by LV Insurance compared the combined purchase and running costs of some popular EV models with their petrol or diesel counterparts.
EVs worked out cheap in seven years of ownership.
Here are my tips for recording one in the first place…
ask the government for help
If you buy a new car for less than £32,000, the UK government provides a maximum grant of £1,500.
The grant to install a home charger, with a maximum limit of £350, is only available to occupants of flat or rented accommodation – in this case please contact the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.
The Scottish government offers interest-free loans for electric car purchases – up to £28,000 for a new car or £20,000 for a used car.
The Energy Savings Trust administers them.
Research Best Value Models
The price of electric cars varies regularly, but you can find small electric vehicles with limited ranges for around £20,000 – perfect if you only drive short distances.
However, if you need more range and room, The Green Car Guide editor Paul Clark recommends the MG5, which costs under £30,000, as one of the best value family EVs. In fact, their website is a fantastic source of information.
buy second hand
You can look at Autotrader, Cinch or The AA for used EVs. Reliable, practical models that have been around for a while include the Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe.
You can try one of the new electric car subscription services. Onto’s monthly subscription includes insurance, servicing and free charging at over 12,500 public charging points.
With prices starting at £379 per month for the Volkswagen e-Up, this works out to be cheaper than traditional car leasing. Unlike a lease, you don’t pay a deposit, you’re not tied into the contract and you can cancel or swap out a different EV on a month-to-month basis.
Elmo is a similar service. It offers What Car’s best city car 2021, the Fiat 500e, from £449 per month. Or you can also check out the Electric Zoo.
Future low-cost charging technology plans
One interesting development is something called ‘vehicle to grid’ technology. This means drivers charge their cars overnight – when the demand for electricity and its cost is low – and later sell the excess power back when prices are high, to ensure extremely low EV charging rates. give.
This technology isn’t available yet – but it’s coming soon. Both Octopus Energy and Ovo Energy are conducting trials.
Grammy-award winner Billie Eilish is leading the major climate change event at London’s O2 Arena in June.
Called ‘Overheated’, it will last for six days and will take place during Eilish’s ongoing ‘Happier Than Ever’ world tour.
Bringing together climate activists, musicians and designers, it will include performances, film screenings, workshops, slow fashion swaps and panel talks.
All profits will go to the plant-based environmental charity Support + Feed, founded by Eilish’s mother, and Reverb, a charity running climate action through music.
Swap out your usual search engine for Ecosia – the non-profit search engine powered by renewable energy.
Using the money generated from its ads, it pays to plant trees every time you search the web.
To date, it has planted about 150 million trees globally.
Using Infra Red Power to Heat Your Hot Water
Many people install solar panels on their roofs to generate their own renewable electricity and reduce their bills.
But did you know that you can also use solar energy to heat your water for showers, baths and taps?
You can do this with something called a solar thermal system.
how it works
Instead of solar PV panels – which work by converting the sun’s energy directly into electricity – a solar thermal system uses solar collectors.
there are two types
Two types – the empty tube is a set of glass tubes, while the flat plate is a collector box-like structure. Both attach to your ceiling.
Filled with a mixture of water and antifreeze, these collectors convert the infra-red portion of the light into heat.
Once the fluid inside them heats up, it is pumped around a circuit that passes through a hot water cylinder.
Heat is transferred by a copper wire, so the water coming out of your taps is not the water inside the collectors.
You will have your own supply of hot water from a renewable source.
It will also save you money on your bills – £55 per year when replacing gas heating or £80 per year when replacing an electric immersion heater.
With a small number of cheap parts, the system is also cheap to maintain.
Since sunlight varies, a solar water heating system will not supply 100 percent of your hot water.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, it will provide you with 90 per cent of the hot water you need in summer and 25 per cent in winter.
A conventional boiler or immersion heater usually makes a difference.
It is better if your house is towards south direction.
You will need between two and five square meters of space on your roof with no shade from other buildings, or chimneys, or trees.
Many combi boilers do not accept preheated water.
If you have one, most likely it will not be linked.
However, if you already have a hot water cylinder, you may be able to connect the hot water cylinder to the collectors – as long as it has a twin coil.
Plus, this system is for hot water only – so it won’t heat your home. installation cost
Costs vary depending on the number of collectors, the size of your home, and the specific system you choose.
But expect to pay somewhere between £2,000 and £6,000.
To find a good installer, search the Microgeneration Certification Scheme website.
fact or fiction
There are microplastics in our blood. right!
Earlier this year, Dutch scientists published research showing the presence of microscopic pieces of plastic in human blood.
Doctors are concerned about the health risks. But the best thing is to avoid using plastic.
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