One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Change your electricity provider.
One of the easiest things you can do to reduce your carbon foot print is to contract with a 100% renewable energy provider. In all likelihood, you may even be able to find a provider with a cheaper tariff than your existing one.
Here’s how it works. Go to the website of the new electricity provider you’d like to use. Sign up online. They will contact your current energy provider and cancel for you. It’s very simple. I’m thinking it will take you sub 15 minutes.
The grid takes all of the energy from every source and distributes it to the end consumers (you and me), so you can’t verify that the actual electricity you’re receiving is from a renewable source. However, by contracting with 100% renewables providers you will know that they’re only investing in renewable energy sources. When calculating your ecological footprint (see previous post), your home electricity use will be considered zero CO2.
In 2018, the UK experienced its first full day without coal energy since the Industrial Revolution. The it did it again and again. Just off the coast of Kent is the London Array, where 175 wind turbines generate enough energy to be the second largest wind farm on earth. Chances are, I am receiving some of that power.
You can find cost competitive options on price comparison sites. Over the years in London, I have signed up for 100% renewables with Good Energy, Ecotricity, Bulb, Ovo, and Octopus. Here’s a more complete list for the U.K. Your existing provider may even have renewables option.
Resources for Curious Minds
Is wind power finally ready to pay it’s own way? (The Telegraph)
What is ‘green’ energy? (Money Supermarket)
UK runs without coal power for three days in a row (The Guardian)
British power generation achieves first every coal free day (The Guardian)