In the last 20 years I have driven a million miles all over the country and mostly up and down the M3 to the office.
One of the beauties of Freedom HP is that the office is only 6 miles from home. By taking this new role I have reduced the CO2 output of our house from 30 tonnes per year to 8.7 tonnes per year.
The car makes up 6 tonnes of this, with the rest being from the house. Our CO2 emissions are ½ the average for a house my size, this is down to the fact that we switch everything off and run the heating 24/7 at 18.5C using a mega efficient heat pump which is set up well. I challenge the energy saving trust to find one operating more efficiently.
Last Thursday Freedom HP had its launch party for the new show rooms in Southampton. In the morning I dropped off my car so I could join customers for a few drinks in the afternoon and cycle in to work the next day.
The event was an informal unveiling of the facilities on offer to our customers and the opportunity for us to discuss the world of heat pumps with our customers over a couple of beers, with proceedings moving to the local bar.
On Friday morning I awoke with a thumping headache. Staggering out to the garage after breakfast it dawned on me the car was still at work. I would either have to spend the next 2 hours cramped in on public transport or take the bike.
By the time I’d pedaled the end of the road I knew it was a bad idea - it took me 45 minutes to get to work.
I know the mop headed buffoon in London wants everyone to ride bikes, but he needs to get a grip, bikes are fun when you are young, but by my age a bike is something you buy for your kids, or as part of a mid-life crisis and it usually has a motor attached.
The idea that I could ride my bike to work is pathetic. I was knackered when I got there and had to go home early to stop falling asleep at the desk. I’ve done my bit for the planet, there are no further savings to be made here, sorry
Graham Hendra is a heat pump consultant