I have been asked by a number of you to share any hints and tips I have about how you can make your home more environmentally friendly and ethical. I myself am still learning what options there are and what matters, and this gave me the idea to share my journey and the choices I made and am still making in my flat. It's still an on-going project, I'm not sure if the tinkering will ever really end! I thought what better place to start than at the beginning.
One of the first things I had to do when moving into our new flat was decide how we were going to power our home. I always liked the idea of being self sufficient and generating our own power with renewable energy. Solar panels came to mind and I started to do a bit of research, however I quickly discovered it wasn't going to be straight forward since my flat is leasehold, I live in conservation area, and given we are on the raised ground floor of a four storey building I didn't have easy access to the roof. I didn't know what other options there were and I thought I was perhaps biting off more than I could chew, after all this was my first flat and I was pretty much doing a complete renovation. I started to explore whether there were any simpler changes I could make that could still have an impact and was excited to discover The Good Energy Company
Will changing energy suppliers really make a difference?
You might be surprised! Burning fossil fuels to generate energy has a hugely negative impact on the environment and is the biggest contributor to global warming. In the UK 29% of total energy consumption is domestic (ie energy we use in our homes!), therefore the choices we make about how we power our homes and where we source our energy can have quite a significant impact. We mostly consume natural gas in our homes (67%) and electricity comes next at (22%). Moving away from using gas in your home is possible but the easiest way to have an impact is to change how you source your electricity. Currently only 17% of total electricity in the UK is generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. This is driven by the big companies e.g. British Gas at 15%, EDF at 13.5% (you can check out your current supplier here). However there is the opportunity to increase this to 100% by simply changing supplier! If we each switched to renewable energy providers, the larger energy companies could also be forced to take note and increase the proportion they generate from renewables. Collectively we could make a difference and significantly reduce the impact on both the environment and our health
Why I chose The Good Energy company
The Good Energy Company generates 100% of its electricity from renewables and was the first of its kind in the UK. They source their energy from independent generators across the country and they also have their own wind farms. They have topped the Ethical Company Organisation’s table for renewable electricity suppliers for eleven years running. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to switch, it literally took me 10 mins on their website along with taking a meter reading - it really was as simple as that! I still pay regular monthly bills like I would with any other supplier and when I checked the rates The Good Energy Company was the same price as my previous provider Southern Electric. The useful thing is they also supply gas, so I kept things simple and switched both - that way I only have one energy provider to deal with. I can also personally vouch for their great customer service, and Which? has ranked them best for energy supplier in terms of customer satisfaction for three years in a row. I really couldn't be happier with my switch and urge you to do the same. (In case you’re wondering this really is in independent blog, as are all of blogs - I just really couldn't recommend them enough)
I hope you have found this useful and I have got you thinking about making the easy but meaningful switch to go green! Would be great to hear from you either way (either in the comment box below or directly)