What benefits are there to having GreenPower?

GreenPower is a program that was set up in 1997 by the Australian government to enable households and businesses so subsidise their energy with renewable energy that is certified. Since the program launched, there are over 300,000 homes and businesses that use GreenPower, which is looking to increase over the coming years.

Only a small percentage makes up renewable energy, as the majority of electricity comes from coal being burnt, which is damaging due to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. It is clear that the Australian government is looking to promote positive change to the environment, and GreenPower is just one of the many ways that you can look to reduce your overall carbon footprint.

So, if you are on this page, it is great to see that you may be on the path to opting into GreenPower. It is a brilliant step in the right direction. In this article, we are going to run through some of the key benefits of switching to GreenPower, as well as the next steps if you are definitely looking to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The benefits are as follows:

  • It is better for the environment: Although this seems pretty obvious, we wanted to highlight that switching to GreenPower is 100% better for the environment than having your energy being created through burning fossil fuels. Around 90% of energy is created using this method, which if sustained for many more years will do significant damage to the planet. If you think about the amount of electricity you use on a daily basis and how that could be impacting the earth, switching to a renewable option is a simple and effective way to have peace of mind that you are doing your bit for the environment.
  • Save money on solar panels: Whether you are in a rented property or a homeowner, solar panels are a large expense. Switching to GreenPower means that you will save money on solar panels whilst still being able to contribute to a more green environment and significantly reducing your carbon footprint. GreenPower is great if you are in a rented property for saving costs in particular.
  • You will not notice a difference: Switching to GreenPower will not diminish the quality of energy that you had from a previous supplier. You will still have a brilliant service, just with a smaller carbon footprint!
  • Part of a community: This is a government-funded community which is encouraging those to think about how they are impacting the environment, and joining a growing community in Australia promoting positive change is a huge benefit to you as a consumer. GreenPower customers have ensured that more than $500 million has been pumped back into the renewable energy industry in Australia.

So, what to do next? If you are definitely looking to switch to GreenPower, make sure that you check that you are able to do so. It is as simple as calling up your current provider to find out the options, or you can also use a price comparison website to see which suppliers offer GreenPower. From there you can look at costings and see if it is financially viable for you, as GreenPower is more expensive than a standard energy provider.

Once you decide to make the switch, depending on your plan, it can take anything from 1-3 months to get you fully converted to GreenPower. Once you have switched, you can enjoy the feeling of knowing that you have made one small contribution to a more eco-friendly Australia.


Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.