FEATURE: Electricity Suppliers
When we bought our new house, well, our not new 1950's house, we wanted to find an electricity supplier that offered us greener renewable energy.
It is so tough to wade through all the marketing blather. But wade we did!
We need both gas and electric because we bought a gas oven, a decision I, if not Mrs Hippy, since regret. The oven could cause us a problem I fear as there is no way to replace gas with a renewable energy supply as far as I can tell - the thought of plumbing in a cow's bum to convert the oven to methane makes me retch.
We could of course replace it with an electric oven which would enable us to use renewable energy and even eventually wind and solar as we intend to do.
Oh well..gas oven for now.
Anyway, I digress. We hunted for a renewable energy supplier and found quite a lot of choice.
We really wanted to go with Ecotricity or Good Energy as we perceived them to be the most committed to renewable energy.
We got great info from WhichGreen which has handy advice although they put ecotricity at the top of the table even though they are investing peanuts overall compared to the big energy companies.
For us, we take a longer-term view: we want green energy and we want to encourage big existing energy companies to offer and invest in green energy.
Don't get me wrong...we hope some of you go with Ecotricity - but for us nPower seemed the better fit.
nPower's Juice programme - in their words:
Juice is currently generated at North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm. As a Juice customer, npower matches every unit of electricity that you use and feeds the same amount into the electricity network from North Hoyle. It's as simple as that.
We have made a commitment with Greenpeace to ensure we purchase enough electricity from clean, renewable sources to match our Juice customers' estimated electricity consumption throughout the year. At year end we will check your actual consumption to ensure that, for every unit of electricity you have used, a unit of green, clean electricity has been fed into the electricity network. (Renewable sources include hydro electric power, wind power and solar power.)
And we all know what a hard bunch of uncompromising folks Greenpeace are. If it's good enough for the Rainbow Warriors then it's good enough for us.
Of course it has to be an individual choice and you will get no judgement from us.
The one really big surprise was that the giant of British energy, British Gas, does not offer renewable energy, well none that we could find. Despite their partnering with WindSave to offer turbines they do not have a green energy offering that we could sign up for.
p.s. this post is our 100th post...just another milestone of course but makes us feel proud! Could not have done it without you. Have an extra namaste...namaste!
p.p.s of course this is all UK focused...what's the story in the US? Canada? Wherever you live?