What is green energy and how can you get involved?

One of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on our planet is to choose a household energy provider that offers renewable and clean energy.

Most UK suppliers now offer these green alternatives which are both competitively priced and very easy to migrate onto. You're literally a few clicks or telephone call away.

What is green energy? 

Conventional electricity is produced by burning non-renewable fossil fuels which significantly contributes to global warming whilst concurrently polluting the environment. Fossil fuels are also a finite resource, meaning once depleted, they are gone for good.

With green energy, electricity is created through renewable sources which include solar panels, wind farms and hydro-electric turbines. Quite simply, nature's energy from the sun, wind and sea is converted into electricity without a fossil fuel in sight.  Many suppliers also offer 'renewable' or 'carbon neutral' gas meaning your household carbon footprint reduces significantly. 

Did you know that by switching over, the average household will save around 3.2 tonnes of CO2 every year. it would take 1590 trees one year to absorb that much carbon. What an incentive to make the switch.

Five considerations when choosing a green energy supplier

1. Green energy accreditation 

Ask your energy provider if their green energy is accredited. In the UK, renewable electricity will be regulated by Ofgem, gas accreditation will be offered by an organisation such as the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS).  

2. Green gas

Renewable gas is more difficult to come by, however some suppliers are offering true green gas that comes from renewable sources. Most however offer a ‘carbon neutral’ variant meaning they offset the carbon emissions from the gas supplied by supporting carbon reduction projects around the globe. 

3. Smart meter  

Ensure that your green energy provider also offers a smart meter package. It’s one thing to use renewable energy, but quite another to reduce the energy you use. Using a smart meter will allow you to minimise the amount of green energy you consume. A double win for the environment.  

4. Competitively priced 

Green energy should be offered at a fair price. Compare your tariff against the supplier’s baseline - there shouldn’t be too much of a premium. Also take time to compare your green tariff against the rest of the market to ensure you are not paying over the odds.

5. Energy purchased locally

Ask your supplier where they purchase their green energy from. Buying local makes for a more efficient system, ultimately keeping prices down but also supporting local ‘generators’ who are likely to be small green businesses. The more small generators supported, the more that enter the market, allowing fossil fuels to be driven out at a much faster rate.

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