More than ever people are being asked to reduce their impact on the environment and do their bit in the battle against climate change. Alternative forms of energy are being looked to as a solution in reducing the strain on the environment and in replacement of our traditional sources.However, the evolution of alternative and renewable energy sources has brought with it a new list of issues and concerns. This is particularly true in the case of wind turbines.In July, it was revealed that the government would receive over £1 billion in loans from the European Investment bank to begin work on onshore wind farms over the next three years. The idea being that wind turbines produce a renewable form of energy and therefore help in the fight against climate change. But in practice the use of onshore wind farms has caused a great deal of controversy - this is due to a culmination of issues including efficiency, economy and the cost to the beauty of the countryside, where many of these wind farms are being built.Questions have been raised about the benefits that the wind farms would bring relative to the loss gained by the countryside, its wildlife and the rural communities that live among the new turbines.In Yorkshire there have been victories for groups who claim that the wind turbines are not effective enough to justify the cost to the surroundings. On the 31st July, it was revealed that in a rural part of Roos, Holderness, a nine turbine wind farm, standing at 415ft high, had been blocked by local councillors who had said that the structures would have a ‘catastrophic' impact on the visual appearance of the landscape.Councillor Richard Stead said: "The wind turbines affect the people who have chosen to make their home in a rural landscape, with panoramic views and broad skies."The efficiency of onshore wind farms has also been called into question. One North Yorkshire resident, who lives close to the wind farm based outside of Harrogate, said: "Many a day I see the turbines stationary or moving very slowly. Surely there could be a better place for them, like out at sea where there are more high winds?"One example that supports this question was revealed when it was reported that Huddersfield Council saved £2,078 by installing turbines on the Civic Centre, but it later cost the council an incredible £6,431 to maintain and repair them.Howard Illingworth is the Managing Director of LPG Homeheat, part of the Northern Energy family. His family business is nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside and provides homes with their rural fuels, of oil and LPG, across the North of England. Howard has seen many changes to the countryside over the years and this latest issue over wind turbines has shown, more than ever, that rural communities need to stand up for their surroundings."Preserving the beauty of the countryside is vitally important, as is taking action to reduce climate change. However, I feel that one should not be undertaken at the cost of another, " said Howard."There is a delicate balancing act of looking after the countryside, its people and wildlife, and helping prevent climate change. Northern Energy feels strongly about looking after the beautiful countryside that we have been lucky enough to grow up in and work in. This is why we supply LPG to our customers, a cleaner burning fuel that emits far less carbon than other rural fuels."