With all the concern people express about the state of the environment, using green energy seemed to have become more important than ever. Information has been constantly disseminated regarding the huge benefits of using green energy including how it can make your home and workplace more efficient through the use of energy efficient appliances and home equipment. More than ever, green energy has become more than a suggestion, it has become a necessity.
Running a home and managing a business are two different things but these days, it seems that the line between them has become thinner somewhat. Both can entail high operation costs, particularly in their power usage. It can be hard enough trying to make ends meet, but it is even more so with a high electric bill. It is in times like these that both homeowners and business owners begin to consider the possibilities of lowering their expenses to a manageable level and this is where the search for a new, less expensive energy supplier begins.
First of all you need to note that green energy supply can mean a lot of things. It can mean that the supplier sources out or even generates its own electricity by renewable means like wind, solar, and hydro-electric power. It can also mean that they have green schemes in place that entail putting an equal amount of energy back into the national grid for the energy you use. Suppliers like Country Energy for example, demonstrate their commitment to the helping the environment by coming up with green tariffs that offer both homeowners and business owners the option of matching their electricity usage with GreenPower into the national grid. It works by simply choosing from a range of accredited products and then once you have done so, the company buys a certain volume of renewable energy based on the product of your choice. Each product is bought on a per annum basis on your behalf and will be charged monthly at a specific rate. The more you spend the more the supplier buys.
For some companies, being green can also mean contributing to a “green fund” which supports environmental research and the eventual implementation of eco-friendly projects that will benefit an entire community. They do this by offering green tariffs that promise to help consumers do their bit for the environment while being able to manage their finances well because the tariffs are also affordable and created with the consumer in mind.
Choosing among green tariffs gives you two options: specifying that you want your energy to come only from renewable sources or that you want your supplier to make a commitment to take care of any environmental issues on your behalf. While these green tariffs are always welcome, make sure you go for the company that derives its energy supply from renewable sources. With the many tariffs available that run from “green” to “brown” (the type of energy we have been traditionally using, with fossil fuel sources), it is easy to get confused and end up getting the wrong one.
You should know what you want before you go ahead with your choice. There are companies that offer green tariffs alongside standard packages and tariffs that are a mixture of both traditional and renewable energy sources, but it is recommended that you choose green energy suppliers that generate their own electricity from renewable sources. Also, you need to choose a company with a 100% commitment to the environment, one that invests in renewable energy sources so you can be sure that you are getting your money’s worth.
And lastly, while it may cost a little more to switch from brown to green energy suppliers, the extra expense may be worth it in the long run, especially when you see how low your energy bills can go the more you stay green.