We all know how much of an impact energy consumption has on the environment, with transport, homes and businesses all over the country causing massive implications on the state of our planet. While temporary, outdoor events are thoroughly enjoyable – we all love a good festival, don’t we? – the costs of hosting such an event are colossal. Whether it’s an annual festival such as Glastonbury that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, or a more intimate shindig that brings in a couple of hundred people or less, organizers have to keep an eye on their costs and the power needed to support such an event is a huge outlay.
While using British Gas as a business electricity supplier may be your preferred route for day-to-day use, consideration needs to be paramount when it comes to big, temporary events. The summer festivals that we have enjoyed this year will have used a ginormous amount of power, playing a huge part in the ongoing issue of climate charge. When you’re at work, or chilling out at home, you may already be doing your bit by giving something back to the environment in which we live – perhaps you recycle, or are conscious about what electricity you use – but that shouldn’t stop at your doorstep. We need to be conscientious all the time, and that includes during outdoor experiences too.
As a patron to an outdoor event, the influence you will have on the power supply and consumption is minimal, if anything. That doesn’t mean you should stand still and do nothing. It’s up to you to show you care by picking up after yourself, carpooling to get to the event and recycling where possible. If every festival-goer had a green conscience a difference would be felt. Stallholders also have a responsibility by using renewable resources where possible, or providing biodegradable cartons for food and drink.
As far as the organizers are concerned, they are the ones who can look at the energy supply and make some fundamental changes to try and be a little greener. In fact, it’s been claimed that they can save up to 10% on the event’s fuel consumption by reducing their carbon emissions. By looking at temporary energy types, organizers can choose the best option for them, the planet and their pocket.
Diesel fueled generators may be a popular choice but it’s not the best option for the environment because of the associated emissions.
A grid connection will often be the cheapest option and in some cases, can provide a green tariff too. Some regular events have renewable systems installed too, giving back to the national grid throughout the year, when the event isn’t being hosted.
Solar power is gradually becoming more and more popular, with potential to work regardless of weather conditions, but producing optimum results when the skies are blue and the sun is shining. Once installation has occurred, there are no costs incurred and zero carbon emissions – they are definitely a thing of the future. Similarly, wind power is also a valuable renewable resource that is super friendly to the environment, but you’ll be lucky to get your hands on them because they’re not widely available yet.
Choosing the best temporary energy supply will ensure that you’re as green as you can be while providing a successful event. This article was written on behalf of British Gas, who can provide some excellent advice for British Gas business and home customers alike.