Treading Softly - Environmentally considerate living in a rural english home and garden

Treading Softly


Annual Electricity consumption

Annual (KwH) electricity consumption fell steadily as a result of the early initiatives and dropped to 38% below its 2005 peak by 2010. The figures shown include an appliance in the business workshop which accounts for the night units ( 35% of total units used). The "Day units" are the domestic units that can be managed by our behaviours and technology. The jump in autumn 2018 is attributable to the arrival of our all electric car:

All electric car

In October 2018 we replaced a petrol car for a brand new 2018 Nissan Leaf, all electric vehicle (EV) with zero emissions. A 7Kw charger on the wall in the garage provides timed top ups to the Electric vehicle during off-peak electricity hours typically midnight to 0700. This is sufficient time to fully charge the 40Kw battery and provide a 150 - 175 mileage range for the day ahead. The economics of running the EV are excellent. Our other petrol based car would cost about 14pence a mile to run. The EV in its first year averaged 2.3 pence per mile. No road tax. Lower servicing costs(as there is no engine.

Electricity Supplier - ECOTRICITY

As at Spring 2020 all our household and EV electricity is powered by ECOTRICITY on their "EV Tariff". As with all the company's energy it is100% wind, solar and hydro renewable, part of which is generated by their own onshore wind turbines.

Ecotricity Fuel Mix Declaration (FMD) and green credentials in one simple pie chart. Offshore wind 84.9% Onshore wind 14.94% Solar 0.12% Hydro 0.03%

Ecotricity Energy Mix


So the electricity we use for our home and electric car has zero carbon emissions in its generation. That ensures a big reduction in our overall carbon footprint.

Electricity saving technologies

Our Electricity saving habits