Our Top 10 Facts and Tips – December 2018 Roundup

We regularly share lots of facts and tips on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. We love them all, but here’s a roundup of the best ones last month!

Fact: ‘Christmas trees’ are used all year in the natural gas industry! A ‘Christmas tree’ is an assembly of valves, spools, and fittings designed to control the flow of the gas well and also to detect sand, corrosion, temperature, erosion, and pressure.

Fact: Last year, more than 40% of the electricity generated on Christmas Day came from renewable sources, with wind power alone contributing 27.7% of electricity at the Christmas Day peak.

Tip: Insulate any exposed pipes around your premises. Water freezing can cause them to split!

Fact: Modern appliances are much more efficient than those from, say, the ’80s. For example; a fridge from 1985 used four times as much electricity as a modern one (about 1400 kWh a year compared to 350 kWh).

Fact: The UK’s total gas consumption per year has increased c972,398 GWh (GigaWatt hours) from 1920 to 1998. Since then use has slowly begun to decline again.

Fact: A small drip from a tap can waste as much as 128 litres of water a day!

Tip: Draught-proof your windows and doors this winter to save money and keep you and your customers warm!

Fact: It’s not just utility energy that increases this time of year – A survey by the Post Office suggests we spend the equivalent of two working weeks preparing for Christmas!

Fact: Since the introduction of LED bulbs for Christmas lights, the UK now saves over 90% overall on energy consumption!

Fact: It’s estimated that humans used 5.6×1020 joules of energy in 2013 – around 18.0 terawatt-hours. One TWh equals 5 billion barrels of oil or 1 billion tons of coal PER YEAR – it was also the globe’s entire energy consumption in 1890!

Keep an eye out for more like this on our social accounts, or in our next monthly roundup.

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