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.
Your current energy provider will be able to tell you about the options they provide. Just call the number on your latest electricity bill 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, find out about the accredited renewable electricity options available from these retailers.
|Electricity Provider||Phone No#||ACT||NSW||NT||QLD||SA||TAS||VIC||WA|
|Aurora Energy||131 002||✔|
|Australian Power and Gas||133 298||✔|
|Energy Australia||13 15 02||✔||✔||✔|
|Ergon Energy||13 10 46||✔|
|Green Choice||131 493||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Horizon Power||1800 089 504||✔|
|Lumo Energy||1300 115 866||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Origin Energy||13 24 63||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Power Direct||1300 307 966||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|PowerWater||1800 245 092||✔|
|Red Energy||1300 360 294||✔|
|Simply Energy||13 88 08||✔||✔|
|South Australia Electricity||1300 360 294||✔|
|Synergy||13 13 53||✔|
|Alternatively these retailers allow you to remain with your current electricity retailer but offset your carbon emissions through the purchase GreenPower credits.|
|Carbon Offset Provider|
|CO2 Exchange||03 9805 0728||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Climate Friendly||1300 CLIMATE||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|COZero||1300 BE NEUTRAL||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Green Choice||131 493||✔||✔||✔|
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.
By switching to renewable energy, you remove the need for coal - and its many waste products - to be utilised to provide you with electrical power (approx 2.3 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere per person per annum). You will reduce your ecological footprint significantly and help to slow the effect of climate change.
Climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions is projected to adversely affect the health of millions of people throughout the world with increases in malnutrition, disease, injury and deaths from heatwaves, floods, storms, fires and droughts, increases in diarrhoeal disease, increased frequency of cardio-respiratory disease due to worsening air quality and altered distribution of some disease vectors (Department of Human Services, Oct 2007).
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