If you’re moving to the UK from Europe, you run the risk of paying too much for your energy in your new home. UK energy prices are lower than many of their European counterparts. But it’s nonetheless a good idea to start looking into a new supplier as soon as you’re settled. Otherwise you could be wasting money on an expensive “deemed contract” with the previous occupant’s supplier. For the eco-conscious energy consumer, the UK has lots of green suppliers out there.
But how do you know the best from the rest?
Look beyond the big names
The people over at Switch-Plan will tell you that there are over 50 active energy suppliers to choose from in the UK. yet 70% of the country’s energy is supplied by the bigger companies like British Gas and Scottish Power along with European companies like E.On and EDF. You may find that you can get a better (and greener deal) with a smaller supplier. If you prefer a big name, however, the Switch-Plan team can find the best value tariff with a company like Scottish Power.
Is their energy mix 100% renewable?
Lots of energy suppliers have at least one 100% renewable energy tariff. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t still use fossil fuels. That’s why you should always check out a supplier’s energy fuel mix. Opt for a supplier that uses 100% renewable energy from sources like solar, wind and hydro.
Do they make their own energy or buy it wholesale?
Companies that make their own green energy, like Scottish Power and SSE, are heavily invested in making our energy industry greener, while others simply buy wholesale green energy and sell it on to the public.
If you want the greenest possible supplier, those that make their own clean energy are the best choice.
Do they offer green gas?
Some suppliers like Ecotricity combine 100% renewable electricity with renewable green gas. This is biomethane gas from animal and plant waste that can be used as an alternative to natural gas. Some suppliers also use natural gas where the carbon is offset by other carbon-neutral or negative projects at home and overseas.
How is their customer service rated?
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice great service for green energy. When looking into a new supplier, make sure that the lived experiences of customers match the bold claims that the suppliers make in their marketing. Trustpilot is a very useful resource for supplier reviews. Not only can you get an overview of customer sentiment, you can see real reviews left by verified customers.
Do they also offer great value for money?
Green energy doesn’t have to be more expensive energy. In fact, many of the cheapest suppliers on the market today are actually green suppliers. The Switch-Plan team will help you to find a renewable energy plan that also offers great value for money!