Easy Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions

 

October 19, 2020

 

 

 

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Figuring out ways to reduce carbon emissions and where to start can be daunting. To help you find the best ways we’re going to explain what carbon emissions are to give you a better understanding and also explain the effects of carbon footprints.

 

 

What are Carbon Emissions?

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Remember learning about the greenhouse effect in school? The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in the Earth’s atmosphere trap the sun’s heat. This process makes the Earth a comfortable place for us to live as it makes the Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere.

 

Carbon dioxide emissions actually play a pivotal part in maintaining our ecosystem here on Earth, and it’s only causing damage because there’s an excess being generated by our man-made activities.

 

Sources of carbon emissions:

  • Electricity
  • Transportation
  • Industry
  • Commercial/residential
  • Agriculture
  • Land use/forestry

Humans are extracting, refining, transporting and burning fossil fuels that are emitting too much CO2 for our ecosystem to remove. Humans are also cutting down rainforests for lumber or new developments and in doing this, we’re removing the natural systems that absorb and store carbon. According to Carbon Brief, fossil fuel emissions in 2018 increased at its fastest rate for seven years, with another record high in 2019.

Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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With so many people switching from other sources of home fuel to using home heating oil, we want to reassure our customers that there are many environmental benefits to this.

 

Did you know that heating oil is altogether clean, safe and efficient?

 

- Heating oil burns cleaner than other fossil fuels and is extremely adaptable. Due to advancements in technologies, heating oil can be modified to give a cleaner burn and reduce carbon emissions.

 

- Also, heating oil has the highest stored energy by volume of all fossil fuels. This allows you to heat up your home much faster than any other energy, and reduce your carbon footprint as you are using your heating oil for a much shorter amount of time. It’s a win-win!

 

- Overall, heating oil is the most economical and environmentally responsible choice for heating up your home!

More ways to reduce carbon emissions include:

  • Order in bulk

By ordering in bulk, you can reduce your carbon emissions as tankers that deliver your oil in large vehicles won’t have to make as many deliveries. More deliveries means the more fuel consumed by the tanker and more carbon emissions. Start avoiding this buy ordering in bunk quantities!

  • Double glazing

Double glazing your windows allows you to increase the amount of heat you are retaining in your home and prevent heat from escaping outside. According to The Green Age, estimates show that double glazing has the potential to reduce carbon emissions up to 680 kilograms annually.

  • Premium heating oil

Utilising premium heating oil means that your boiler isn’t burning impurities and doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain temperature. Rix’s quality premium heating oil contains components which reduce the build-up of carbon fouling in your boiler, which can lead to lowering the efficiency of your boiler. This means that your boiler stays cleaner for longer and, in turn, lowers your carbon footprint.

Here at Rix, we care about our environment and are constantly looking at new ways to reduce carbon emissions. All of our different departments play key roles in this. To find out more about what Rix are doing to reduce carbon emissions, read our CSR policy.

 

Effects of Carbon Footprint

Effects of Carbon Footprint

The most significant effect of carbon footprint is the impact we’re having on climate change. Climate change is making it difficult for plants and crops to survive in extreme weather conditions. What’s more, our carbon footprint is altering our environment and natural habitats. More than ever before, animals are on the verge of mass extinction, with natural geographic reporting the fastest extinction rate the planet has ever witnessed.

 

Here are more changes currently being seen due to the effects of carbon footprint:

  • Increasing global sea levels
  • Increasing global sea surface temperatures
  • Increase in winter sea ice melting
  • Increase in extreme weather conditions – such as wildfires, tropical storms, flooding, droughts and famines.
  • Decreasing ocean acidification – affecting ocean species, especially organisms like corals and oysters.

Trying to be environmentally friendly is a huge concern for many people and humans are thankfully becoming increasingly aware of how our actions are harming the planet. From powerful Greta Thunberg speeches to moving David Attenborough documentaries about climate change, there is no doubt a huge movement rising around climate change action.

 

For more information on ways to reduce carbon emissions, check out our article on energy saving tips for your home.

Rix Services

Rix Petroleum acquires Gainsborough-based fuel supplier

Fuel supplier Rix Petroleum has extended its coverage in the East Midlands with the acquisition of a Lincolnshire business.

The Yorkshire company has bought Gainsborough-based K9 Fuels for an undisclosed sum.

The move extends Rix Petroleum’s coverage in Lincoln, Market Rasen, Gainsborough, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby and Retford, and enables the business to push into Worksop, Newark and Nottinghamshire for the first time.

It brings to three the number of Rix depots across Lincolnshire, adding to existing operations in Immingham and Spalding.

Duncan Lambert, managing director of Rix Petroleum, paid tribute to former owners Ken and Ann Shingdia who sold the business after deciding to retire.

Ken and Ann owned K9 Fuels for 10 years and have developed it into a thriving business with a loyal customer base.

Mr Lambert said: “K9 Fuels is a fantastic business run very much along the same lines as Rix Petroleum. We are both family firms with a deep-rooted commitment to dependable and friendly customer service.

“When we heard Ken and Ann had decided to retire, we immediately expressed an interest in the business because it sits between our other Lincolnshire operations in Immingham and Spalding, meaning we have extended our coverage of the region to include mid-Lincolnshire and west into Nottinghamshire.”

Under the deal, all the staff at K9 Fuels will continue to work at the business.

The move also creates two new jobs, including business manager role, which will be filled by Steve Ella, and a new driver’s role.

The tanker fleet is to be updated with state-of-the-art technology and branding that reflects both the K9 Fuels and Rix Petroleum names.

The move also sees products and services available from the Gainsborough business extended, as customers will now be able to get access to boiler repairs, replacement tanks, lubricants and AdBlue.

Mr Lambert added he wished Ken and Ann all the best with their retirement.

“Ken and Ann have built a fantastic business which has attracted a loyal customer base and we feel privileged they have chosen us to take that business forward,” he said.

“We intended to make the transition as smooth as possible so customers can be assured of complete continuity of service.”

Mr Shingdia said that finding the right successor to take the business on had been one of the biggest challenges of deciding to retire.

But he added that with more than 80 years’ experience in delivering fuel, he believed Rix Petroleum was the right choice to continue where he and Ann had left off.

“We are pleased to say that we have been able to secure a sale and pass the full operation over to Rix Petroleum, another local and family-owned business,” he said.

“We have complete confidence that what we have worked hard to achieve will continue in the safe hands of a company that shares our own values and attitude towards customer service.”

Heating Oil An Industry Success Story

 February 19, 2013

Heating Oil or Kerosene as it’s also known is a thin, clear, low viscosity petroleum product that has had a monumental impact on the world we live in since it was discovered in about 1846. It was then that it was first called Kerosene by Canadian Geologist Abraham Gesner. He discovered the oil after distilling it from coal and then demonstrated how useful it was as a lamp fuel.

Its initial use was  just for illumination but due to its relatively low cost and large reserves it quickly evolved becoming more commonly used as late to power jet engines and rockets, for domestic heating oil and cooking. Although still used for lighting it is more in rural areas of Asia and Africa where electricity isn’t available or with communities such as the Amish who abstain from other sources of power.

A big change in the industry came when it was discovered an effective replacement for coal as a power source. In 1905 The Royal Navy proposed and then commissioned the HMS Dreadnought which revolutionised naval designs at the time because of its stature, capabilities and the fact it was run on oil as well as coal. The success of the HMS Dreadnought brought about a transition by the Royal Navy to switch from coal to oil for their ships although it was already used for other vessels. The switch by the fleet to using oil only was so successful and its use so important for The Royal Navy that all other Navy’s then followed suit.

One of the most positive effects the discovery of heating oil had on the world was that due to its widespread availability the need for the whaling industry in the late 19th century went into significant decline as the use of whale oil in lamps was no longer needed.

With heating oil being one of the most popular choices for fuel in Britain the heating oil industry has been a massive success with the oil distribution sector and oil equipment manufacturing a huge part of our economy for employment and finance.

Can fossil fuels be used more effectively

 May 29, 2013

Considering the process of creating fossil fuels, generating a significant amount of the C02 that is pumped into the atmosphere each year, some have questioned if this energy source fits in with the government’s carbon reduction targets.

However, there are a number of ways that fossil fuels can be used more effectively. Here are just a few:

Combined heat and power

With figures from Green Peace suggesting that a staggering two-thirds of the energy generated in UK power plants is wasted, it comes as no surprise that criticism has been directed at this medium for energy production.

However, unlike traditional power plants, combined heat and power CHP plants utilise the heat that is normally wasted in burning fossil fuels, subsequently redirecting it and using it to generate electricity that can be used to heat hospitals, schools, houses and more.

This type of power plant can reach an energy efficiency rating of as much as 89%, compared to the 55% offered by conventional power plants.

Carbon capture and storage (CCCS)

Carbon capture and storage (CCCS) captures the CO2 that is normally emitted from power plants and other industrial processes and transports it to an underground storage facility where it will be stored permanently.

However, despite the potential benefits of such a system it appears that there are currently no large-scale CCCS projects in the UK, and a new paper funded by the Global CCS Institute has recently argued that early momentum for the CCCS scheme in Europe has shown signs of faltering.

Energy efficient home heating oil

Thousands of consumers living off the grid in the UK, or who use appliances such as Agas, rely on home heating oil to provide the fuel they need.

As a result, a number of energy-efficient heating oils have come onto the market, to help consumers make their homes energy-efficient while using fossil fuels.

As an example, K+ Premium Heating Oil is a new fuel from Rix that could stand to produce savings of up to £100 per annum for consumers in a medium-sized household by helping to improve energy efficiency in a number of ways, including reducing sludge formation in your tank and reducing fuel degradation. 

How cost effective is double glazing for me and my family

May 20, 2013

Installing double-glazing in your home can be a great way of improving the energy efficiency of your property, and can stand to make you savings on your energy bills year after year.

In fact, figures from an Energy Savings Trust survey, conducted at the beginning of the year showed that more than a fifth (22%) of the 2,000 consumers questioned had installed double glazing in the last 12 months.

More than half of consumers (52%) also revealed that they were contemplating doing so.

However, with initial set-up costs to take into account, it can be difficult to determine whether double-glazing will be particularly cost-effective for your family. Here are the factors to take into account:

Costs

The cost of installing double-glazing can vary from company to company, but could be in the region of £4,500-£5,500 for 12 standard upvc windows in a three-bedroom house. However, this could climb to as high as between £14,000 and £18,000 for sash windows in a 4-bedroom period property.

However, this cost could be reduced by obtaining a loan under the government’s Green Deal or local authority grants.

Benefits

Replacing single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing could stand to make you annual savings of £170 for your energy bills, as well as helping to save the planet – reducing CO2 emissions by 680kg a year.

Installing double-glazing will also help your home feel warmer all year-round, helping to retain heat in your home, reducing cold spots and draughts.

As an added bonus, double-glazing will also help to significantly minimise external noise, allowing your family to relax and unwind in peace and quiet.

With double-glazing having a life of approximately 20 years or more, you should have made £3,400 in cost savings over this period, partly negating some of your installation costs.

To make further savings on your energy costs you can secure the best deal on your domestic heating oil.

Celebrity AGA fans

 July 09, 2013

Along with roaring fireplaces, stable doors and thatched roofs, the AGA has become a staple of quintessentially English country kitchens.

From baking fresh loaves of bread to warming our cockles, there is rarely a task, whether big or small, that the humble AGA cannot tackle.

Along with us mere mortals, a host of celebrities have been bowled over by the charms of an AGA, from TV chefs to runway models. Here are just a few:

Gérard Depardieu

The French are well known for their love of gastronomy and famed actor Gérard Depardieu is certainly no exception to the rule. The Golden Globe-winning star of hit films such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Green Card has overhauled a former theatre in Paris and made it his home, with a black 4-oven AGA cooker taking centre stage.

“Cooking with an AGA is fabulous,” he says, “and allows for little mistakes. And with an AGA, it is so easy to prepare dinner for 10 and still be around for your guests.”

Mary Berry

TV chef and food writer Mary Berry is best known for her turns as a firm but fair judge of all things patisserie on the Great British Bake Off. Reminiscing about her youth in a recent interview with the Cambridge News, Berry remembers that the first thing she did in the morning was “lean up against the AGA and have a cup of tea”.  While Berry argues that AGAs are great for testing your baking mettle, she notes that whipping up a shallow bake – such as a Victoria sponge – is perfect for owners of a two-oven AGA.

Daisy Lowe

Model Daisy Lowe may only be 24, but that certainly doesn’t mean she’s too young to join the AGA set. Explaining why she’s such an AGA aficionado, Lowe says:

“My AGA Total Control is very, very lovely. It’s easy to use, makes food taste delicious and all in all I’m a very happy bunny. It’s great having an AGA Total Control because I can turn it on and off.”

If you are an AGA fan, find the best home heating oil for your needs.

3D Printing Its all rocket science to us

 July 18, 2013

You can’t beat those brainy boffins at NASA when it comes to great ideas.

Not only do they know a lot about space travel, the solar system and other such clever stuff, they’ve now gone and printed a working part for a jet engine.

Yes, you read that correctly, printed a working part for a jet engine!

Of course, they didn’t use a Hewlett Packard like the one in the corner of your office. No, it’s 3D-printing, a technique involving computers and lasers which melts and fuses thin layers of metallic powders into a pre-determined design. But it is printing nonetheless.

And it’s impressive stuff; a technique NASA says may, in the future, replace traditional manufacturing.

According to the space agency, the component would normally take around a year to make but 3D-printing has cut that time to four months and shaved more than 70% off the costs.

The body has even suggested a similar process could one day be used by astronauts to make spare parts in space.

Here at Rix, we don’t know too much about that – after all, we’ve been around for much longer than the jet engine.

And not many of our farming or haulage clients have converted to rocket propulsion yet anyway.

But we love the idea and applaud NASA for their innovation because it is from projects like this that technology filters down into our industry.

We might not print engine parts, but we do know what to put in them to make them run well – to us, that part at least, isn’t rocket science.

Unusual renewable energy projects

 July 17, 2013

Ever heard about the pig that helped to produce electricity? Well the idea isn’t as outlandish as you may think, as renewable energy is being produced in increasingly innovative ways.

At Cockle Park Farm in Northumberland, pig waste has been put through a £1m anaerobic digester, which helps to create a methane gas, which will subsequently be used to power a turbine.

The project forms part of a study by Newcastle University, with anaerobic digestion with project leader, Dr Paul Bilsborrow, of the university’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, arguing that anaerobic has a lot of potential.

“Anaerobic digestion offers huge potential in terms of utilising the methane from animal waste and converting it into renewable energy.

“By working together with the agricultural industry we hope to develop new ways of making anaerobic digestion a viable process for uptake by farms across the UK.”

Last year news emerged of plans to create petrol out of thin air – and we mean literally. Turning the process of combustion on its head, C02 would be removed from the atmosphere, mixed with hydrogen split from water vapour. This fuel can then be used to fill up our petrol tanks.

Speaking to BBC News, Air Fuel Synthesis chief executive Peter Harrison, the company that are attempting this feat, said:

“All we’re trying to demonstrate is that here in the UK we can make petrol from air,” he said.

“We’ve got a design now for a one-tonne-a-day unit, and we expect to be in production by 2015.”

Food waste is also an increasingly popular method for creating the energy we need. As an example, a food waste recycling plant is set to turn 40,000 tonnes of food waste from homes, supermarkets and businesses into renewable energy each year, again using anaerobic digestion.

If you are a heating oil user there are a number of ways that you can use heating oil in combination with renewable energy.

Rix Petroleum September Oil Market report Renewable fuel focus

 October 01, 2014

One of the more interesting paradoxes of the recent Scottish Referendum was the support given to independence by the Green movement. This despite the fact, that an independent Scotland would have been overwhelmingly reliant on oil and gas exploration to fund many of the social programmes proposed by the YES campaign. Undaunted by this reality, the Green lobby was still keen on pushing Scotland’s renewable future in a country where cost effective hydro-electricity already produces up to 25% of local energy needs. Add to that a higher proportion of wind farms than the rest of the UK and a proposed tidal barrage across the Solway Firth and you certainly have the basis for a very credible renewable energy sector.

But in an environment of readily available oil and gas, is it economically desirable or even politically possible for any Government to champion energy sources that in the main are more expensive than traditional methods of power generation? Certainly historically this has not been the case and a common lament of environmentalists is that the abundance of indigenous fossil fuels in the UK has stunted the development of alternative energies. They point to countries like Germany with fewer natural resources than Britain but with a much greater developed renewable energy sector. An example of this would be wind power where Germany generates about five times the amount of electricity from wind farms than does the UK, thus helping them deliver around 10% of its energy from renewable resources. This versus a figure of 2% in the UK!

Let’s face it – that’s a pretty poor show for Team GB, but these comparative figures slightly distort the true picture. Energy in Germany is expensive – much more expensive than in the UK and this is largely because of renewable energy. At the last count, wind power in Germany was costing €0.18 per Kilowatt Hour versus €0.05 – €0.10 when using traditional energy sources (coal, gas, oil). Plus we also shouldn’t get carried away by any German “Greenwash”. Whilst power generation from wind has significantly increased in Germany over the years, so has their use of coal – about 45% of power generation and mostly from lignite (brown coal) which is the most polluting of all fossil fuels. So whilst the legions of wind turbines might look impressive, Germany has actually increased their CO2 emissions faster than any other major economy in Europe (this largely as a result of its nuclear closure programme after the Fukushima crisis).

In Britain wind farms remain disproportionately controversial and it seems unfair to blame the oil and gas industry for the local opposition that is usually forthcoming when wind farms are proposed. Such hostility is usually based on aesthetics but more forensic resistance can also be justified because wind turbines are sadly not particularly efficient. This is because electricity cannot be stored and this in turn means that when the wind doesn’t blow, no electricity can be generated and no reserves can be called upon. Under such circumstances back-up electricity is necessary such is the UK’s requirement for constant electrical supply. Inevitably the only reliable and constantly available back-up power comes from fossil fuel power stations. Worse than that is the fact that switching conventional power stations on and off is both costly and environmentally unfriendly (starting-up the plant requires much more energy than leaving the plant running). So the result is a double whammy for the environment. Not only do you generate CO2 when the wind doesn’t blow (by having to use conventional power stations), but even when it does blow, the back-up power stations have to keep running anyway!

Unfortunately the same problem presents itself with solar power, although it must be said that few countries are less suited to this type of power generation than rainy old Britain. Not to mention the fact that mass solar power requires enormous tracts of unused land – again not one of Britain’s strongest cards! Even tidal energy which on the surface seems so eminently suited to Britain’s island geography has made few in-roads into the UK’s energy infrastructure. This is in truth puzzling, but may well be the result of policy makers looking over the Channel to Brittany’s “La Rance” tidal dam – the world’s biggest tidal power station, built at tremendous cost but still only producing around 0.2% of France’s total energy demand.

None of this means however that we shouldn’t be doing more to generate investment in renewable energy. It makes good sense whether you believe in climate change or simply recognise the fact that the UK’s natural mineral resources are diminishing rapidly. But it does mean that the targets for renewable energy use (20% by 2020) are quite frankly pie in the sky. And whilst Rome burns and CO2 targets are breached left, right and centre, environmental policy makers fiddle. The Greens will never accept it but the only reliable way of reducing CO2 emissions whilst maintaining cheap and constant electricity is to increase the use of gas at the expense of more polluting fossil fuels. This has happened in America and is why a nation of climate change sceptics have successfully reduced CO2 emissions (in some States by up to 40%), whilst the climate change evangelists of Europe continue to increase CO2 emissions through coal-fired power stations. In the UK we are playing our part in this duplicity (40% of energy from coal*). but the choices are becoming increasingly stark. With North Sea gas production heading into sharp decline (70% of gas imported by 2018), a more informed discussion on fracking gas is now surely required. Resistance to fracking may well be even greater than that shown towards wind farms but then again, in the future, opposition to electricity rationing is likely to be greater still…

* imported coal at that – a further obscenity!

Rix Petroleum’s 2016 show schedule

 January 13, 2016

At Rix, we care about being involved with the local community, and attending county shows and events are a great way of catching up with our customers. Listed below are some of the shows that we will be at throughout 2016

20th-21st January – LAMMA 2016 – East of England showground, Peterborough

3rd February – YAMS – Murton, York

21st May – Napton show – Warwickshire

1st-2nd June – Staffordshire county show – Stafford, Staffordshire

4th June – Kenilworth show – Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

11th June – Angus show – Brechin, Angus

15th-16th June – Cereals show – Nr Duxford, Cambridgeshire

22nd-23rd June – Lincolnshire show – Lincoln, Lincolnshire

9th July – Newport show – Newport, Shropshire

10th July – Ashby show – Heather, Leicestershire

19th July – Dalkeith show – Dalkeith, Midlothian

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20th July – Driffield show – East Yorkshire

27th July  – Nantwich show – Nantwich, Cheshire

30th July – Whitacre’s & Shustoke show – Shustoke, nr Coleshill, Warwickshire

6th August – Canwell show – Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

13th-14th August – Driffield steam rally – East Yorkshire

13th August – Peeblesshire agricultural show – Cardrona, Scottish borders

14th August – Fillongley show – Corley, Warwickshire

29th-30th August – Glendale show – Wooler, Northumberland

If you are heading to any of these shows, come and say hello.