Fitness model, blogger and social media consultant Flora Beverley shares her experience switching to a green energy provider and examines the different options available in the UK.
There are lots of ways we can limit our impact on the environment at home, from reducing our meat consumption, to dressing more ethically and even moving our money to an ethical bank. And now as the temperatures start to drop and many of us start thinking about turning our heating on, it's also the perfect time to consider changing your energy provider in order to live a little greener - while potentially saving some money on your tariff at the same time.
Traditional energy suppliers rely primarily on non-renewable resources, such as oil, coal and gas, which are major contributors to climate change through the release of CO2. By switching to a renewable energy that is generated by natural sources such as solar, water and wind, you can help to fight harmful levels of air pollution. And it seems that more and more households are making this switch - just last week it was announced that the amount of renewable electricity used by UK households had overtaken fossil fuels for the first time, with British coal plants shutting down ahead of the 2025 ban.
But when it comes to actually changing energy provider, as I decided to do earlier this year, the whole process can be a bit of a minefield. For me, changing energy company appeared complicated, not least because of the myriad of tariffs and providers available (known to confuse the consumer into paying more than they have to), and the fact that some providers don’t provide to certain locations.
After doing some research I ended up switching from Shell to Bulb and it took me two minutes (via a short online form, since they only have one tariff). I’m yet to see if it gets more complicated down the line, but right now I’m extremely satisfied (and feeling slightly smug), considering my previous switch took hours of phone conversations.
To make it easier for you to switch to a more eco-friendly energy company, I’ve compiled some of the most popular on the market. All of these companies supply 100% renewable electricity, so you can rest assured that whichever you choose, you’ll be doing plenty of good!