I think it’s fair to say that the majority of cyclists want a clean planet and less pollution. We are out in the open, we’re exercising our lungs, and we don’t like breathing in smog. So it makes sense that we don’t want to support companies that are making the world a dirtier, more contaminated place to live.
Personally, I have long been a supporter of green issues, and I get very angry at the lack of support from the government and establishment in general for a non-carbon based economy. There is a lack of serious investment in a sustainable economy and renewable energies; it just seems like not nearly enough is being done. But you know what, sometimes it’s too easy to point the finger at others. Sure, other people, especially the powerful, could and should do more… but what about me? Well, up until yesterday I was buying both my energy and gas from e.on. Yes, you read that correctly – e.on. Not the most ecologically progressive company. So what the hell was I doing, handing over about a £1,000 each year to a company that is harming the “environment“, and the “environment” is not just some woolly thing you read about in the Guardian, it is our home, let’s face it. Well I can only put it down to inertia, laziness, and an unfounded worry about the cost of switching to another company.
What finally spurred me into action was reading a Friends of the Earth article asking people to post their horror stories about the big energy companies. Now I don’t have any horror stories about my time with e.on – the truth is that I have experienced no issues whatsoever, and their staff are always very polite on the phone – but it just made me think “what the *&%$ and I doing? I should be with a renewables energy provider.” So I finally pulled my proverbial finger out of my proverbial ass and checked out Ecotricity. The feedback about the company seemed to be good, so I emailed their customer service and exchanged 2 or 3 emails with a helpful employee called Stacey and now I’m in the process of switching over. I don’t expect I’ll have any regrets – in fact right now, my only regret is not having done it sooner!
Ecotricity and Good Energy are UK energy providers. Do you know any others? What about in other countries, who are your green energy suppliers?