Is it possible to have ‘ethical’ electricity?
For day 43 of our carbon fast we’re looking at our electricity supplier.
The advice reads “Ask your electricity and gas suppliers if they have a green or renewable energy plan and make the switch to a green plan today.
Bonus: Switch to an energy company that supplies 100 percent renewables such as Good Energy. ”
Well this is something that is definitely on my mind.
I’m afraid that at the moment money talks for me. Although I’ll gladly pay for organic food, pay more to support my local stores and support fairtrade my budget can’t stretch to all the aspects of eco friendly living I would like.
However, we have made one small switch. We’ve now moved to Co-operative Energy. They don’t use coal, but they do support nuclear (unsure how I feel about that at the moment). Although only 8% of their power is renewable they have pledged to tackle climate change and are planning to ensure that, by April 2012, the carbon content of their electricity is less than half the national average.
But do you know what I love most of all? They only have one tariff!
How many times have you felt like tearing your hair out when getting overwhelmed with choice? I’ve sat for HOURS with a calculator trying to figure out the best deal with my electricity suppliers in the past so to have one transparent tariff seems about the most ethical service a company could offer!
I’ll still keep checking the comparative costs of a 100% renewable company because I’d love to support them and switch at some point, but in the meantime I’ll settle for a compromise and with my solar panels at least I feel like I’m doing my bit.
Do any of you use a 100% renewable energy supplier? I’d love to hear about it!
If any of you are interested in the Co-operative, I didn’t write this as a sponsored post, I am genuinely supporting the company – so if you decide to switch could you contact me as I might be able to get some referral loyalty points – thanks!
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