Stay Green by Switching Energy Suppliers
In the quest for cheaper energy we’ve seen quite a bit of back tracking on green measures from the people at the top in recent months when it comes to things like green levies and taxes. We’ve also seen an even stronger push forward from the government in the controversial area of fracking, despite the worries of communities and protests by green organisations around the country. So as our nation as a whole seems to be taking a step back in regards to green energy, is there anything you can do to stay green in your own energy usage?
Switch to a greener energy supplier
Did you know that there are energy companies out there whose electricity supplies come completely from greener sources such as Cornish sunshine, Scottish wind and Welsh rain? Good Energy is one such company and they also seem to have a pretty good customer service record coming at the top of ‘Which’ magazine’s customer service survey 3 years in a row. The revenues from their gas supplies are also used to reward people who generate their own renewable heat, encouraging others to head down the green energy route on a personal level. There are obviously other companies who supply green energy and I’m in no way saying that Good Energy are the cheapest, I’m just using them as an example. So be sure to compare green energy suppliers to find the best deal for you.
Yes we’ve heard this all before but it can be so easy to slip back into old bad habits, can’t it? If you feel you have slipped back then why not make an effort to go back to basics in your goal to cut your energy usage. Think about turning the thermostat down a degree or two or as we approach the summer turning the heating off completely if it isn’t really needed. What about switching those light bulbs, sealing any drafts, turning the lights off when you’re not using them or turning electronics off at the plug overnight rather than just leaving them on standby. Again, some of these may seem obvious but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded sometimes.
Create your own
Have you ever thought about creating your own renewable energy? I’ve always liked the idea of installing a mini wind turbine onto my property or perhaps even solar panels. I even have a friend who lives in the countryside who has built his own waterwheel and redirected a stream that runs through his land to turn it. I admit this was a huge project but maybe you could consider the other options of creating your own wind or solar energy.
If the costs are too great
If the costs of switching to a green energy supplier or creating your own energy are just too great, perhaps you could give something back the next time you switch without it costing you anything. TotallyMoney for example are currently giving 100% of the commission they receive when somebody switches supplier through them to charity. On average they receive around £38 per customer, so that’s £38 that you have in effect given to charity by making the decision to switch with them over another comparison service.
Even if staying green in your energy usage is not at the top of the list of priorities the suggestions mentioned here can also give your wallet a boost which is something that is at the top of the list of most people at the moment. It also doesn’t take much to see the savings on your bill once you have made the basics of energy saving a part of your daily routine. Finally, whilst it’s true that some of the points mentioned in this post may require a small initial outlay – like switching to energy saving light bulbs for example – it’s good to remember that the savings in the long run could far outweigh that initial outlay and although there never seems to be a good time to invest in something as boring as light bulbs, at least once you’ve done it you can sleep easy at night knowing that you have done your little bit for the environment as well as your long term disposable income.