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Green energy tariffs
A Guide to Green Energy Tariffs

Consumers in the UK are becoming increasingly concerned about green issues and the damaging impact their actions and choices have on the global environment. A growing number of people are prepared to try to help rectify the deteriorating situation by spending more money on environmentally-friendly products. However, still only a minority spend any money on consuming green energy or sign up for green tariffs. One of the main reasons may be because, depending on the supplier, consumers generally pay more under green energy tariffs than under standard tariffs. In spite of this, there are many who are willing to pay more for green energy.

How do you obtain green energy?

Many consumers are mistaken in thinking that using green energy or signing up for green tariffs mean you must invest in costly projects such as installing solar panels or wind turbines. However, this is not at all the case.

Consumers can choose green energy simply by signing up to one of the green tariffs offered by most of the established energy suppliers in the UK.

What types of green tariffs are there?

At present in the UK, these are the main types of green tariffs available from suppliers. To help you choose which kind of green tariff is right for you, here is some useful information:

  • Green Source Electricity: If you choose this type of green energy plan, your energy supplier promises to purchase a percentage of electricity to match every unit of electricity that you consume from a renewable generator.

  • Green Fund: If you choose this type of green tariff, a portion of your money will be used to support the building of new renewable sources of electricity generation such as wind farms and solar power. Your green tariffs will also go towards funding environmental causes or new research and development projects.

  • Carbon Offset: If you choose this type of green energy plan, your green tariffs will contribute to compensating for your 'carbon footprint' or reducing the carbon dioxide emissions produced by an average household, for instance, through planting more trees or new woodland. By choosing this, your supplier will use part of your green tariffs to make a donation to a carbon reduction project in the UK or abroad.

Some concerns about green energy and green tariffs

Here are a few key concerns surrounding green energy plans which may cause some consumers to feel unconfident about signing up to green tariffs:

  • Some suppliers are not always forthcoming with information about exactly how the green tariffs work to help the environment.

  • Some suppliers do not provide clear information about their definition of green tariffs - does it mean that they provide you with renewable electricity or do they invest in constructing wind farms?

  • Some consumers are often unsure about the environmental benefits that they are meant to be creating.

  • Some consumers are uncertain about how they contribute to the renewable energy that suppliers are legally obliged to provide.

  • Be aware that, even if you sign up for any of the abovementioned green tariffs, the energy you use may still be from non-renewable sources.

  • No independent verification scheme for green tariffs exists to authenticate suppliers' claims about the true benefits to the environment.

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