… tips and initiatives.
This month’s newsletter from Lyme Regis’ Transition Town group gives us some practical tips on energy:
|GREEN ENERGY SPECIAL
HELPING YOU TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Green energy is electricity derived from natural resources – such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, biomass and thermal energy. This renewable energy can be used to generate power with minimal releasing of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This is a much more sustainable way of creating electricity and is far better for the environment than traditional fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas which lead to the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
Changing to a green energy provider for our gas and electricity is one of the easiest ways for us to reduce our carbon footprint. Most energy suppliers will use a mix of renewable sources (green) and fossil fuel generated (brown), as the Government stipulates that all electricity suppliers must buy some renewable electricity in the mix of their provision. So, when we are looking for a green energy provider, we need to find out what proportion of the supply is renewable. Some tariffs will be 100% renewable and others will be moderately green with a mixture of green and brown sources. Some are as low as 3% renewables in their mix. Providers will also talk about off-setting their carbon usage by, for example, planting trees. However, whether you choose an environmentally friendly energy supplier or a mainly fossil fuels provider – your electricity will come from exactly the same electricity mains grid and will be a mixture of green and brown energy. This is confusing because we may be paying more for our green energy supply, although costs are becoming more competitive all the time. The point is that people who overall want to improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions choose a green energy provider because it contributes to the increase of new renewable electricity in the main grid and supports employment in the green sector.
Town Councillor and Turn Lyme Green friend, Belinda Bawden, reported that Lyme Regis Town Council has reaffirmed its commitment to the climate and environmental action needed to work towards its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030. In a recent article in Lyme Online she encouraged local people to consider switching to a green energy supplier if they had not already done so. There are numerous renewable electricity tariffs on the market, which is why it is really important to do your “homework” when changing supplier, as you want to go with a company which is genuinely committed to high environmental standards, rather than a company that is jumping on the bandwagon and trying to appear greener than they really are. It is very easy for a company to make green claims and it is explained rather well in this article in Which Magazine from September 2019. Click here. The article also contains a list of energy providers and has a diagram showing which companies use 100% renewable electricity tariffs, and how other providers compare. The article suggests we also consider the following environmental measures when choosing a supplier:
We hope to point you in the right direction if you are trying to find your way through the maze of information about renewable energy. The top green energy suppliers invest money in building a sustainable future through their own solar and wind farms and innovative green tech development. This comes at a price and some of the 100% renewable energy providers may be more expensive than your standard tariff. With this in mind, it is worth shopping around and comparing prices.
Below are some other 100% renewable energy providers that have developed good reputations:
Check and double-check the tariffs, any conditions or tie-ins and exit fees before committing to a new energy provider. Some of the above offers may be time limited and you may need to access the offer via the name of the charity you are interested in supporting as the company website may not show it.
ENERGY SAVING INITIATIVES
There is also a useful guide to the scheme in Money Saving Expert on their website. You will need to investigate soon as work must be completed by end March 2021.
Belinda would also like to hear from you if you would like to get involved in Community Energy Projects, including:
We hope you will find great ways of saving energy, protecting the environment and staying warm this winter!