Use of any type of energy, that is produced with the effect of carbon emmission will contribute towards global warming.
If we reduce energy consumption in whichever shape or form, we’ll do good for our planet.
Lets look at cooking for example. It makes a huge difference whether we use gas, electric hobs or induction.
I have realised that induction hobs use considerably less energy than any other form of cooking.
Yet what makes is very difficult for most people to actually get the latest white goods to instal in their kitchen is to have the facilities to do so.
My landlord for example, is a social landlord. They make a kitchen available and that kitchen has built in units with a facility for an built-under double oven and hob.
The measurments however are so tight, that it would not accommodate the standard of goods available in the market today.
The kitchen was made to accommodate a double oven and a gas hob or hob that doesn’t sink into the work top below the work-top level.
Now most work-tops quite thin.
Induction hobs tend to sink into the oven space and take about 2 cm away, which makes it impossible to fit into it any standard double oven.
Yet, when I asked my landlord about altering the kitchen unit the accommodate the latest energy saving cooking method, they refused, telling me that I just have to get what I can fit into the space provided or make an application to alter the unit myself.
The problem with altering any type of standard kitchen unit from a landlord, means they make you responsible for the maintance of it, and that piles on a cost, which otherwise tenants would not have to pay.
So all in all using the most energy friendly form of cooking is being made impossible by inflexible furnishings, provided by landlords and owners who do not want to facilitate change because of the cost.
Landlords should be made to provide flexible fittings, which accommodate any new technology, to make life more environmentally friendly. Instead they only supply, olf-fashioned, often wood-chip type furnishing.
Still I installed an induction hob anyway, I just will have a problem finding an oven that fits into the space below the worktop.
I have a space of 68.5 cm, which is too short for a double oven and too big for a single one. My landlord doesn’t care.
It’s a similar story with energy provision in homes via standard electricity and gas central heating systems, all provided by landlords to tenants.
Social landlords do not by default instal solar energy panels on the roofs of their buildings, they do not yet provide plans to change heating use to underground heating extraction.