Here on my blog I try to inspire people to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been sharing lots of ethical & sustainable outfits and fashion brands with you, I’ve shared my guide to become vegan, my guide to reduce your waste and much more. There are lots of ways to live a more ethical and sustainble lifestyle and I’m always up for challenging my own lifestyle to become more ethical.
While my closet is filled with fair and green fashion, my bathroom is equipped with natural cosmetics and my fridge is stuffed with healthy, environmentally-friendly vegan foods, I haven’t thought about where my energy comes from.
Do you know where your energy comes from?
We use energy daily and constantly. It is an important aspect of our modern everyday lives. Without energy I couldn’t use my laptop and smartphone to work on blog posts and social media content. Yet when I moved to my new flat in fall I didn’t think of what kind of energy I’m using and if it is ethical. This is why I was so excited about to learn about Our Power.
I think we all agree that renewable and green energy is the way to go. But is green energy more expensive? You all know that I’m advocating that a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle doesn’t have to be more expensive and that there are always alterantives and ways to even save money! Our Power’s tariffs use renewable energy as part of the OFGEM generation mix. The company is transparent about their energy source and intends to make all tariffs green. The proportion of renewables recently have been high:
Their new +IMPACT tariff is a 100% green AND ETHICAL energy tariff. The not-for-profit energy supplier knows their energy sources and buy from community-owned energy schemes and renewable sources in the UK, where possible.
While Our Power wants to supply greener energy, their mission is also to make household energy more affordable! How? By not paying dividends to shareholders, by finding the most efficient ways to operate, by generating their own power and by reinvesting any profits to benefit the customers and communities.
FUEL POVERTY – HEAT OR EAT?
Our Power is owned by social housing providers, community organisations and local authorities. Their idea is to maintain a low price so that they can provide green and affordable energy to low income households or those in risk of fuel poverty. What is fuel poverty you may ask?
Over four million households in the UK live in fuel poverty, meaning that they regularly have to make the choice between eating a hot meal or heating their home.
Our Power wants to make the energy market fairer and fight inequality. The more customers switch to the +IMPACT tariff, the more Our Power can maintain the lowest prices for customers at risk of fuel poverty. “Put into numbers, for every home that switches to the +Impact tariff, Our Power can offer an affordable tariff to a lower income or fuel-poor household, helping them heat their home for an average of 54 more days than they could for the same price on a Big 6 standard variable tariff.”
Changing to a renewable energy provider isn’t all you can do. Trying to save energy in your everyday life makes a difference in costs and the environment. Our Power will deliver ways to help you manage fuel costs.
“A smart meter in your home will enable us to offer personal, tailored and confidential advice on the best ways to get value for money from energy used in your home, to stay warm and to save money. You will easily see how much energy you are using and how much you are spending.”
My own advice for easy ways to save energy
When Max and I moved to the new flat we immediately changed the light bulbs to LED light bulbs which are more environmentally-friendly and save energy (and therefore costs). Further ways to save energy include:
- closing windows when turning on the heat
- washing your laundry on a cold setting (this is also better for your beloved fashion items so that you can wear them longer) and in a full load
- air dry your clothes rather than using a dryer
- check your fridge settings and adjust the settings when it is set too cold than necessary
- plug your home electronics into power strips and turn the power strips off when you don’t use them