Switch to green energy in the UK - facts and top companies!
Switch to green energy! Switch to green energy! We've all heard it. But what we really want to know is what difference will it actually make? Who will it benefit and how? What are the best companies to make the switch to green energy with in the UK?
What is green energy?
Green energy is electricity and gas generated from a renewable source. Traditional gas is generated from fossil fuels such as coal and gas. Green gas, as it is more commonly known as, is a naturally occurring gas directly produced as a result of the breakdown of organic materials. Sustainability is at the heart of this energy.
When we think of green energy its often thought of as an anomaly as to how it its produced and dispersed. We did a little research to unpack this confusion to give you readers a definitive answer.
The renewable sources green energy is collected from includes wind turbine, solar panels, hydroelectric power and wave power. There’s no shortage in renewable energy sources so we must ask ourselves why isn’t it more widely utilised?
Wind power and solar power are the most commonly used ways to collect green energy. We’ve all seen windfarms off the coast that use wind to turn turbines to generate energy and we imagine that some of our readers probably have solar panel on their homes, another key way in which green energy is collected through the earth’s natural cycle.
Debunking green energy myths. Is it more expensive?
The most straight-forward answer? It doesn’t have to be. Green energy doesn’t necessarily have to be more expensive. In a price comparison conducted by T3, we can see that the cheapest suppliers in their comparison were Outfox the Market and Pure Planet. These two companies are both green energy providers. Great news right? However, that study also proved that the two most expensive companies in their price comparison were Ecotricity and Green Energy UK – both green energy suppliers. The price remains relative!
What are the benefits of green energy?
Using green energy can actually have a positive effect on your health! Green energy produces less emissions which has a direct effect on the quality of air we breathe. If we can get more and more people to make the transition, think of how much the air quality can be improved for all! Non green energy suppliers release harmful gasses into the air that can cause serious problems for your physical health if you're exposed to them over a long period of time - lets end this!
Not sure who to choose?
When making the transition into green energy and choosing a supplier you need to make sure they’re actually providing you with what they’re saying – green energy. You can find out what kind of energy your chosen company is using by looking at their fuel mix. This will give an indication as to how sustainable their energy really is.
Every year energy companies must report to Ofgem, a collective that assesses how each company actually generates their energy. This provides a clear window into which supplier are truly green. Use this to influence your decision about who you can trust with your energy supply.
Switch to green energy - our top 5 energy company picks!
Bulb - 100% green energy and 10% green gas! The best energy supplier in the UK.
Octopus Energy - Sourced from solar, wind and hydro it has the best customer service.
Green Energy UK - The only green energy company to have 100% green gas!
Outfox The Market - For those looking to keep costs down, this is the cheapest option.
Npower - The best choice of green energy from on of the big six leading energy companies.
And.. top tips to take away
Whatever path you might chose to go down with your energy supplier, we’ve put together a quick list of ways you can keep your energy costs low for you and for the planet.
- Turn off appliances when they’re not in use.
All my fellow tea drinkers may revel at the sound of this but trust me, I’ve been getting into the routine of unplugging my kettle and after a while it begins to stick. Remember, it only takes 21 days to change a habit!
- Use your smart meter.
As of (inset year when you know) having a smart meter installed in your home is part of the law. However, there is no law in having it switched on. For a very long time in my house we made the smart meter face the wall like a naughty child, pay attention to it and use its influence to change the way you live.
- Wash your clothes on a lower temperature
This is a great way to keep costs down and cut your energy usage in its tracks. Washing your clothes on a lower heat will actually be better for your clothes, making sure they don’t become damaged and will have a much longer life.
- Put your heating on a timer
During the winter months the struggle to get out of bed and quick dash to the shower is made astronomically harder when the kitchen tiles are frozen to ice. We feel your pain don’t worry! Put your heating on a timer so it comes on in the early morning but isn’t being used when no one is home to feel its full effect. A toasty home – but only when you really need it.
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