Well last night at his "If YOU were Prime Minister..." Tour in Hamilton, David Suzuki pushed me over the edge and today the Gervin household switched our residential electricity provider to Bullfrog Power. Bullfrog is the first 100% green electricity retailer in Ontario, which sells a mix of wind and certified low-impact hydro.
Signing up took less than 10 minutes online and costs 2.7 cents more per kilowatt hour than the traditional mix of electricity generated from Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, Nuclear and Hydro. Over the past 4 months we've been trying to reduce electrical consumption around the house, getting rid of the extra bar fridge, using compact fluorescent bulbs, turning lights off, etc. Year over year we've cut back our kWh consumption between 20-25%, so although we're paying more for our electricity per kWh, out total bill will still end up being less than it was a year ago.
Based on some carbon carbon calculators, this simple move should reduce our carbon emissions by about 2-tons every year! We're very lucky to have this choice here in Ontario. For those that aren't as fortunate, the next best thing one can do is purchase carbon offsets.
It's nice to see these guys gaining momentum and Bullfrog customers are in good company: