Wind turbine at Swaffham, Norfolk (c) Ecotech
The Blonde and I are always trying to find ways to change the way we live for the better - ethically and environmentally. We don't have much cash, and we live in a rented flat with no garden, so compost bins and solar panels are not an option, but we're keen to make the changes which are feasible and affordable.
We'd seen lots of ads on the telly for 'green' electricity, and wanted to make the switch. However, a bit of research revealed (surprise, surprise) that most of the so-called 'green' tariffs offered by the big suppliers were often just a way for them to get good PR out of the fraction of green electricity they have to produce anyway in order to comply with the Renewables Obligation:
"The Renewables Obligation requires licensed electricity suppliers to source a specific and annually increasing percentage of the electricity they supply from renewable sources. The current level is 7.9% for 2007/08 rising to 15.4% by 2015/16."Green Electricity Marketplace is a fantastic switching website for green electricity tariffs. It only deals with green tariffs and provides info on how 'green' each tariff really is. It's recognised as a green electricity information provider by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
We looked at three independent green electricity providers - Green Energy, Good Energy and Ecotricity, and went with Ecotricity. It was dead simple to switch and it doesn't cost any more than the big boys.