Five Steps to Get Green Energy at Your House

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Photo by Vlastula on flickr!Did you know that you easily can get a green supplier for your energy in Belgium? Green electricity in Belgium is derived mainly from wind power, but also is generated from bio-gas (from fermentation), bio-mass (burning agricultural waste without releasing CO2), hydraulic power and solar power. Electricity itself cannot be more or less “green”, but using a green supplier makes sure they will invest part of their profits in renewable resources.

Did you know that even if the wind does not blow, you will continue to have electricity that may have been generated by wind power in your house? Your green energy derived from alternative sources including wind is put on the general electrical network (not through a little cable leading to your house) until you or other users tap if for use; so in fact, everyone may receive a bit of it!

Did you know that - depending upon your electrical consumption - the current green suppliers mentioned below supply electricity at either a price equal to the mainstream companies or even cheaper? Now that you know, you can take action and change your supplier so that you will keep money in your pocket and help the environment at the same time. Don’t put this article down. Take a few minutes of your time right now to make a positive eco-lifestyle change.

Steps to change your energy supplier

  1. Check which green suppliers are available in your region (www.brugel.be for Brussels; www.cwape.be for Wallonia and www.vreg.be for Flanders). Greenpeace will help you choose with their updated ranking. According to them, the following suppliers are considered today to be the “most green”, because they invest in renewable resources and still provide reliable service: Lampiris for Brussels and Wallonia (call for free at 0800/40123 - apparently, if you choose Dutch they might also address callers in English and help them through the website); Ecopower for Flanders (English speaking persons available when you call 03/287.37.79). If you like, you first can calculate their price for service to you (see indicated websites or call for free 0880/971980); be certain to have your annual bill ready for reference.
  2. Download their contract. Take your annual bill (with the current company) to fill in the following data: 18 digit EAN number(s), your type of meter (usually single meter, or sometimes a meter allowing a difference between day/night prices) and your kWh consumption per year. Express the desired date of transfer and just send it off!
  3. Check which kind of contract you have with your current supplier (noted on your bill as unlimited duration or for 1, 2 or 3 years) and the time frame needed to cancel the old contract (usually with 1 month notice). If you have a specific contract it is best to write a letter “recommandé” (French) or “aangetekend” (Dutch), but in any case your new supplier will inform the “old” supplier about the transfer and the switch will be done automatically at the appropriate transition time dictated by your contract.
  4. You usually keep your old meter – unless you want to change it to a two-fold one with a specific day/night price - a technician will pass by your home to record the consumption level at the time of the transfer. You will receive a final bill from the old company and as from the transfer date all future bills will be from the new supplier.
  5. By the way, did you know that regardless your supplier your electricity is cheaper during the weekend?

See also our article on energy certificates and subsidies.

This article can be found in the March 2010 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

 

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