Last Sunday, I watched a webinar in which Jen Gale, author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide, gave an overview of her book. This was the prompt for me to switch my energy supplier.
I’d seen adverts for Ecotricity in Permaculture Magazine and been subliminally aware that I needed to rethink where my energy was coming from. At the same time, I had the notion that renewable energy would be more expensive than that from my current provider, whose energy comes largely from fossil fuels.
In spite of making a pledge to switch, after the webinar I got on with life and the pledge slipped my mind. Fortunately, it was only a few days later that I remembered and just a few taps, the switch was made.
Before pressing the final button, Ecotricity made a cursory estimation of how much my monthly bill would be. This stopped me in my tracks, as it was an eye-popping £114 instead of the £50 I am currently paying elsewhere.
However, this does not of course mean I will be paying so much moving forward. For a start, the only question asked was with regard to the number of bedrooms in the property. Nothing about lifestyle, double-glazing or other factors which affect consumption.
The second factor depends on what happens in the future. If more people sign up, more can be invested in renewables, which in turn will increase supply.
Apart from the electricity, Ecotricity is moving towards producing its own Green Gas. Currently, non-fossil fuel sources for gas include animal manures and purpose-grown crops. While I’m not personally bothered about the former, I’d rather our fields were growing crops to eat. So, hopefully, their plans to produce the gas from meadows grown on depleted agricultural land will produce good results.
In the meantime, let’s hope my monthly energy bill is lower than estimated!