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Technology means we must go green

19 February 2017

Some years ago I decided to try to use only green energy. In France, this is easier than many countries as most of our electricity comes from nuclear and hydro systems. I have gone further and want to live entirely on solar power. I expect it will take three or four years before I am able to do so.

I have done extensive research and already converted to LED lighting, improved the insulation in the roof of my house, and double glazing. I have solar panels and sell energy to EDF. I have bought a Tesla car and ordered a smart flower solar panel system. I have wood-burning heating and plan to convert central heating from oil to heat pumps. My water heating is aerothermal.

As a early adopter of these technologies, I recognise that what I do may not be cheaper than buying from EDF, but since I have sufficient space, solar will soon be the most economic solution for me, though that’s not my sole motivation.
I believe that the technologies for energy are changing rapidly and, over the next few years, these changes will have a profound impact on our lives.

The oil industry will almost vanish, and nuclear power is also in the process of dramatic change as is grid technology. These changes will occur either as a result of, or driven by, completely new business models.

Robin Maule, Lot-et-Garonne

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