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Day Six: Pick a green tariff

The first way step to taking control of your energy bill is to switch tariffs. The Citizens Advice comparison tool gets consumers an average annual saving of £190.09.

I could save £100 on my electricity bill if I switched from the cheapest green tariff to the cheapest overall tariff. So why don’t I take it?

The challenges of energy security, climate change and affordable energy are heightened by political uncertainty and the increasing power of politicians who deny climate science. If we want to protect our future bills and environment then investment in homegrown renewable energy must continue. That investment now appears much more dependent on consumer demand than it was when previous Governments were keen to kickstart the green economy.

It helps I can afford the additional 30p a day and, in any case, am still likely to be beating the average ‘Big Six’ tariff, but it’s not just about the immediate financial cost:

  1. I’m trying to minimise my carbon footprint.
  2. It is unfair (in my view) to leave these costs to future generations, when we know the investment is large, it has to be made, and it can be shared over time.
  3. Whilst some families face the horrendous choice between heating and eating, it is fairer if those who can, spend more on the transition to low carbon power.
  4. The more renewable energy systems installed, the cheaper the technology and, over time, the lower the bills, and
  5. It further weakens the business case for the more expensive and polluting generation currently favoured by politicians.

Green Switch

  1. Get your energy bills for the past year.
  2. Go to an accredited energy tariff comparison site; uSwitch lets you filter by green plans.
  3. Pick the best green tariff for you. This may be down to price, but also look at what type of green tariff it is (e.g. what proportion of energy comes from renewable sources?) and check their quality of service.
  4. Done.
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