New Year Resolution ideas
If you are thinking of New Year resolutions, here are some simple things you could do over the holidays.
Switch to 100% renewable energy
Green Energy offer completely renewable gas and electricity. The Bristol Energy Company now also do 100% electricity, and the profits go to the Council so that money stays local. Well worth investigating. Good Energy, Ecotricity and Bulb all offer 100% renewable electricity and some renewable gas. Switching supplier really isn’t difficult – the good news is that these companies excel in customer service and they will do it for you. Most important, they are easy to communicate with. Personally I have only dealt with Green Energy and I can tell you that they make it very easy to monitor your consumption each month and compare with previous years – so, easier to take the 10% challenge. If you are already on a renewable tariff, do your best to recruit others – this is one simple way to help change the economics.
Turning your heat down 1 degree saves approximately 8% of your bill. A third of our heating is simply wasted – we heat rooms when we are not there or at times when nobody benefits. Have a look at the Centre for Sustainable Energy’s website for information and myth busting…
The Grid and you
Do your best to avoid putting unnecessary demand on the grid 4pm – 8pm on winter’s evenings. Some of the government’s plans for new fossil fuel and nuclear plants is to meet this peak demand so shifting consumption from these hours makes sense.
Find where your money goes
Xmas and New Year is a good time to write to your pension provider and ask for a list of your top ten investments. Explain that you are concerned about your money being invested in ‘stranded assets’, unburnable fossil fuels. Even if you are not in a position to follow through (a company pension scheme etc), just asking the question will add to the pressure on pension providers.
Palm oil precautions
When shopping, look for the sustainable palm oil signs:
Or avoid palm oil products altogether. It’s in our food, cosmetics, motor oil, shampoo etc. Producing palm oil in Indonesia is one of the major causes of global warming – not just the destruction of the forests but the burning of peat on which grow. Companies are now moving to west Africa to meet increasing demand.
Here is a great video from WWF introducing this topic: