Monday, 20 February 2012

Time for a Change?

We all known shopping around can reveal a bargain but sometimes it takes a little more effort than we are willing to put in to find it. Last week I got my new copy of Green World magazine and when I opened it one of the leaflets that fell out caught my eye. It was from Ecotricity, the green energy company. Green Party members get a discount and so it seemed worth checking out. But as often happens other things got in the way and it slipped my mind, until today.

A friend sent me a link to the below video...

which led me to the Ecotricity website

In 1996 Ecotricity became the world's first green electricity company. Since 30% of Britain's carbon emissions come from conventional electricity production they decided this was the biggest single thing they could change for the better.

Using customers' energy bills new sources of green energy (windmills) are built and developed, generating more green energy to sell back to customers. As a not for profit company all spare money gets piled back into the projects, so costs stay as low as possible and do as much good as they can. You also have a chance to share the benefits with their EcoBonds initiative. 

It's not just electricity and gas they're interested in. Energy, transport and food account for 80% of the countries personal carbon footprint. So Ecotricity built Nemesis, Britain's first electric super car powered by the wind and then came the Electric Highway, the worlds first national network of charging stations ready for the electric car revolution. For food new farm energy ideas and a future wind powered tractor are in the pipelines so they're really trying to think of everything.

I haven't changed quite yet, but it's probably one of the biggest green things I could do in my life at the moment. Ecotricity promises to match the standard prices of the Big Six so it might not be any more expensive either. Definitely worth thinking about and not putting off until another day.

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