Buy renewable electricity

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.

How to do it now!

Energy generation creates about one-third of Australia's carbon emissions. and while you can now switch to and purchase 100 per cent renewable electricity (or a percentage), you can also select your energy retailer based on their performance in cleaning up their contribution to climate change.

The following list of Green power electricity retailers is ordered with the Greenest at the top and dirtiest at the bottom. This ranking comes from The Green Electricty Guide, a collaboration between CHOICE, the Total Environment Centre (TEC), Greenpeace and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

To switch, just call the number on your latest electricity bill (or from the table below) 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, here is the list (greenest at the top).

 Electricity retailer
 Phone No#
 ACT
 NSW  NT  QLD  SA  TAS  VIC  WA  Score*
 Powershop
 1800 462 668
 -  Yes -  - - - Yes - 86%
 Diamond Energy
 1300 838 009
 - Yes   -  Yes Yes  -  Yes  -  85%
 Momentum Energy
 1800 794 824
 - Yes   -  Yes  -  Yes  -  69%
 Aurora Energy
 131 002
 -  -  -  -  -  Yes  -  -  65%
 Red Energy
 131 806
 -  Yes  -  -  Yes  -  Yes  -  60%
 Lumo Energy
 1300 115 866
 -  Yes  -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  59%
 ActewAGL
 1300 115 866
 Yes  Yes  -  -  -  -  -  -  58%
 Origin Energy
 13 24 63
 Yes
 Yes
 -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  57%
 AGL
 131 245
 -  Yes  -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  51%
 Dodo Power & Gas
 133 636
 -  Yes  -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  49%
 Energy Australia
 13 15 02
 Yes  Yes  -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  49%
 Click Energy
 1800 775 929
 -  Yes  -  Yes  -  -  Yes  -  47%
 Power Direct
 1300 307 966
 -  Yes  -  Yes  Yes  -  Yes  -  47%
 Ergon Energy
 13 10 46
 -  -  -  Yes  -  -  -  -  46%
 Synergy
 13 13 53
 -  -  -  -  -  -  -  Yes  42%
*Retailers are scored on:
  • The carbon emissions intensity of the power stations some retailers own – 20%
  • Renewable energy policy position and new investments – 10%
  • Support for GreenPower – 20%
  • Offers to solar customers – 15%
  • Policy positions on and investment in fossil fuels (coal and coal seam gas) and burning native forests – 15%
  • Energy efficiency performance and promotion – 10%
  • Transparency in sustainability reporting – 10%

Source: The Green Electricity Guide Report.

Why is this action important?

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.