Sam from Skerton talks about the hidden ingredients that we may use when cooking.

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However much care we take when choosing ingredients for our favourite dishes, there is one ingredient we probably don’t think about very much, and that’s the power we use to cook our food.  Whatever we do that uses electricity, including cooking dinner for the family or brewing up tea, might well be using some ingredients we hadn’t thought about. For example, the types of fuel we use may increase nuclear waste dumps, or pile loads more carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere.

If our household energy supply is with a regular electricity company, then it is likely to be generated by coal fired power stations or nuclear ones.  So it may well be that even the most carefully selected food is creating nuclear waste just by the way it is cooked.

I have been looking into all this for a while, and have found that there is now a really simple way to change our household electricity supply to a green renewables provider.

The comparison website, www.greenelectricity.org, lists all the possible renewable energy suppliers in the area.  It is really easy to compare the costs of different suppliers on the website and click to change your household supply to renewables.  Green electricity comes from the renewable sources of wind, rivers, waves and sun.

A few years ago green energy often cost more than the regular energy suppliers.  However, as more and more people change over to renewables and more and more companies offer 100% nuclear free electricity, the costs are coming down.  You can see for yourself by using the comparison website.

It could be a good New Year’s resolution to sit down with a brew and check out the comparisons and make the change – and tell your friends that you are now clean and green.   Those of us who cook with gas can change too, since most of the renewable providers also supply gas. While the gas coming along the pipes is clearly a fossil fuel, if we buy it from a renewable energy supplier then that company is already investing in alternatives.

It seems that changing to renewables and away from nuclear or coal is something that really interests a lot of people.   There seems to be an increasing public concern about the dangers of nuclear and coal and the linked issues of environmental pollution and climate change.

It’s never been easier to switch to renewables – so your favourite meals don’t need to increase CO2 or the nuclear waste dumps.

 

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