Buy renewable electricity
Every time you use electricity in your home greenhouse gases are belched out on your behalf. So buy the clean stuff!
By purchasing 100 per cent Federal Government accredited GreenPower renewable electricity you are instantly switching your electricity dollar from a traditional coal-burning power plant to one of a combination of renewable sources of electricity generation (e.g. wind, hydro, biomass and solar) and stopping approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 / year (for an average home) from being released into the atmosphere.
How to do it now!
Energy generation creates about one-third of Australia's carbon emissions. and while you can now switch to and purchase 100 per cent renewable electricity (or a percentage), you can also select your energy retailer based on their performance in cleaning up their contribution to climate change.
So the following list of Green power electricity retailers is ordered with the Greenest at the top and dirtiest at the bottom. This ranking comes from The Green Electricty Guide, a collaboration between CHOICE, the Total Environment Centre (TEC), Greenpeace and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
To switch, just call the number on your latest electricity bill (or form the table below) and tell them you want to switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity (or a percentage).
If you are in the mood for a change, here is the list (greenest at the top).
|Electricity retailer||Phone No#||ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA||Score*|
|Powershop||1800 462 668||-||✔||-||-||-||-||✔||-||86%|
|Diamond Energy||1300 838 009||-||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||85%|
|Momentum Energy||1800 794 824||-||✔||-||-||✔||-||✔||-||69%|
|Aurora Energy||131 002||-||-||-||-||-||✔||-||-||65%|
|Red Energy||131 806||-||✔||-||-||✔||-||✔||-||60%|
|Lumo Energy||1300 115 866||-||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||59%|
|ActewAGL||1300 115 866||✔||✔||-||-||-||-||-||-||58%|
|Origin Energy||13 24 63||✔||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||57%|
|Dodo Power & Gas||133 636||-||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||49%|
|Energy Australia||13 15 02||✔||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||49%|
|Click Energy||1800 775 929||-||✔||-||✔||-||-||✔||-||47%|
|Power Direct||1300 307 966||-||✔||-||✔||✔||-||✔||-||47%|
|Ergon Energy||13 10 46||-||-||-||✔||-||-||-||-||46%|
|Synergy||13 13 53||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||✔||42%|
* Retailers are scored on:
- The carbon emissions intensity of the power stations some retailers own – 20%
- Renewable energy policy position and new investments – 10%
- Support for GreenPower – 20%
- Offers to solar customers – 15%
- Policy positions on and investment in fossil fuels (coal and coal seam gas) and burning native forests – 15%
- Energy efficiency performance and promotion – 10%
- Transparency in sustainability reporting – 10%
Source: The Green Electricity Guide Report.
Why is this action important?
Traditional sources of energy release large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere. This CO2 (and other greenhouse gases) is exceeding nature's ability to absorb (sequester) them, and as a result these gases are accumulating in the atmosphere and are causing the global atmosphere to heat up (global warming). The changing weather patterns that result are in turn putting stress on all other parts of the global ecosystem, systems already under stress from human activity. Effects of this include increasing species extinction, desertification, water shortages, and the direct effect of changing weather conditions and the melting of polar icecaps.