If you’re reading this, it’s likely you care about your impact on the environment, and want to help reduce your carbon footprint in any way you can—including through your energy usage.
Environmentally friendly energy, otherwise known as green energy, has been around for a while now, but in the past there has been a premium price tag for cleaner energy. However, as more companies have jumped onto the green bandwagon, the prices have dropped considerably and these suppliers now even compete with the less scrupulous energy giants, or ‘big six’.
What is environmentally friendly energy?
It’s pretty obvious from the name itself that this kind of energy, also often termed green energy, is a more environmentally friendly source than the traditional providers who source a lt of their energy from non-renewable fossil fuels such as coal and gas.
The innovative environment-conscious suppliers beginning to compete with the traditional companies are changing the way our energy is sourced. Instead of relying on the non-renewable sources that will eventually run out, these companies are using the renewable sources that the earth provides in a sustainable way.
The most popular renewable energy sources currently in use are:
As the eco-friendly energy industry becomes grows in popularity, more and more environment conscious suppliers are emerging. Here’s five of the best right now:
Green Star Energy
Last year, Green Star Energy sourced 99% of its energy from renewable sources. Green Star buy energy from a combination of renewable sources, which is transmitted to your home via transmission lines or pipes.
Unlike Green Star, Ecotricity don’t just buy renewable energy, they make it themselves! Ecotricity have build windmills and sunmills around Britain so they can bring 100% renewable energy to our homes.
Ecotricity pride themselves on using no fossil fuels and no animal by-products, just green and clean energy. This means offer a clean form of gas and electric that’s also vegan!
Green Energy offer 100% green gas and 100% renewable energy to their customers, so you can rest assured that you’re greatly reducing your carbon footprint by making the switch to their company.
What’s more, Money Supermarket states that you can save as much as £302 a year on your gas and electric by switching, so your saving your hard earned cash whilst saving the environment!
Rated 9.5/10 on Trustpilot, it’s clear to see that Bulb are pleasing their customers with their green energy and competitive prices. Bulb state to be the biggest green energy supplier in the UK, supplying their customers with 100% renewable energy and 10% green gas.
Bulb source their electricity from solar, wind and hydro generators and their green gas from food and farm waste, making their energy an extremely clean source. What’s more, Bulb source the majority of their energy from independent renewable generators around the UK, so they can offer highly competitive prices to their customers.
Octopus entered the energy market in 2016 with the aim of changing the UK’s main energy sources to more reliable options. They offer their customers energy that saves the planet, saves your wallet and leaves you with the smug feeling that you’re doing something good for the planet.
Octopus want to change the game when it comes to energy supply, and that’s why they’re working with big names like Arsenal FC and Marks & Spencer to help get their name known. Octopus also work in partnership with bill splitting software providers like acasa, providing the energy to those who want to save time, stress, money and the environment!
We’ve touched on what really is the tip of the iceberg of eco-friendly energy. With the increased awareness that our impact on the planet is hugely damaging, there is a big market for renewable energy. As such, there’s now 100’s of providers offering great prices. So, now that switching your energy is easier than ever, benefits the environment and saves you valuable ££’s there really is no excuses when it comes to making the switch.