A recent UK poll has shown that nearly half of the people would make the switch to renewable energy if the cost was the same, with less than 2% having made the switch so far.
The Ipsos Mori poll of 1,017 people found that 46% would be willing to make the switch if it was offered at a comparable price, while 11% said they would not make the switch, and 43% remained undecided.
“The biggest single thing that a person can do to cut their carbon emissions is to switch to a green electricity supply,” said Dale Vice, founder of Ecotricity, a renewable energy company. “These days you can get green electricity that price matches the standard tariffs of the Big Six energy companies – and because the overwhelming majority of households are on those standard tariffs – they could switch to green electricity for the same price that they currently pay.”
One major bonus for renewables in Britain is that a 68.4 megawatt wind farm has been approved for the East of Scotland, which will have 19 turbines that generate enough electricity to power more than 32,000 homes. That’s enough wind power to replace 77,000 tons of CO2 every year, a huge shift in the right direction.
It still looks like a lot of consumers will refuse to make the switch until prices are lower than current energy rates, and by the looks of it, we are not far off from that point.
Are you thinking of switching to renewables, or will you wait until prices drop more?
Image CC licensed by NHD-INFO: Offshore wind farm, UK