In reality there is no such thing as 'green' electricity if you get your electricity out of the national grid. I work with a very cool company called Powershop.co.nz, New Zealand's (and the world's for that matter) first online electricity shop. Their ambition is to be New Zealand's smartest power company. For them that means the cheapest, the greenest, and giving people more control over their power consumption.
Anyway, I am merely a communications consultant who works with them, their CEO Ari explains electricity options to help their customers reduce their impact on the environment on his blog http://blog.powershop.co.nz/?p=155 They include New Zealand’s first full carbon offset electricity products. Powershop also offer tools that allow you to continually monitor your power use, so you can better control and reduce how much electricity you’re using.
I'm keen to get anyones thoughts on the need for greener power in New Zealand.
- How do you think the green power products stack up?
- Is offsetting emissions an intelligent solution to making household electricity use more sustainable?
- Is Powershop’s method of helping people monitor their daily electricity use, and giving them a choice of products so they can either partially or fully offset their electricity use, the best solution for greener power? (For now at least)
- Would you find it useful if we showed you how much carbon you produce from your electricity use?
- Would you buy the carbon offset products from Powershop?
I'd be keen to hear your thoughts.