Clean your bills

Switch to a green energy supplier.

Switching to a green energy supplier is usually an easy, cost effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. However, energy prices have skyrocketed since 2021.

Unless you’re not fazed by the price of green tariffs, it’s best to stay put with your current supplier for now.

Read on to find out why clean energy matters, and tips for switching, when prices stabilise.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Energy security

The UK relies on imported energy for almost 50% of its energy supply.1 Most of our crude oil and natural gas comes from Norway, OPEC, Russia, and Quatar, while our coal comes from Russia, Columbia, and the United States.1

Increasing our use of renewable electricity will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, gas and coal, and in turn protect us from unpredictable oil prices, international disputes and the other threats of peak oil.

Clean energy technology is ready and waiting for our money. So show the big guys that you want it clean – switch to a green energy tariff today.

Climate Change

In 2018, 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions came from our energy supply. Impressively, there was a 7% drop in emissions from our energy supply between 2017 and 2018 – mostly due to a shift away from using coal for electricity generation, towards gas and renewables.2

In the summer of 2019 renewable sources of energy generated more electricity than coal and gas power stations, marking the first quarter in history that renewables have eclipsed fossil fuels in the country.3

This shows that a future powered by renewables is viable, but in order to meet our legally binding carbon emissions targets, we need to get there faster.

That’s why switching to a clean energy supplier is so important - it’ll help keep the pressure up to shift our energy portfolio further and further from fossil fuels.

The Fracking Problem

Fracking has been a major issue making headlines across the world including the UK. Instead of investing in renewable energy, conventional energy companies are investing into non-renewable shale gas, further increasing the UK’s CO2 emissions.

Fracking also has a bad reputation because it contaminates local water supplies, can cause seismic activity (yes, earthquakes!) and generally destroys the surrounding natural environment.4

Pro-fracking lobbyist argue that there will be no pollution if good practices are observed. But there are already several reports of environmental pollution in the residential areas surrounding fracking sites in the US. This not only affects the environment but also the communities surrounding it.

Global Goals

In September 2017, an historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the 'Clean your bills' pledge, you are contributing to the following SDG targets:

3.9: By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

How

Due to the current energy crisis it is best to stay with your current supplier on your current tariff for now.

Best steps in the meantime:

  1. Keep an eye on the energy market with Good Energy’s updates - make sure you’re not paying any more than you have to.
  2. Do your research - read about different energy suppliers on Big Clean Switch such as Good Energy and Ecotricity so you’re ready to switch once prices stabilise.

Success Stories

1,433

Pledges
in total

650,570kg

CO2
pledged

Feels great to have made the change to a green energy supplier - will absolutely continue this going forward!

Doing the pledge made us make the change we have been meaning to do for a while. We are now happy Bulb customers!

My switch has already made me save £10 per month on my energy bills and my new supplier's customer service is far better than my old company.

I swapped to Bulb - thanks for introducing me to them – very happy with the savings I’m going to be making and they are green!

Something I'd been meaning to do for ages - now sorted!

I switched to Good Energy for both Gas and Electricity - couldn't have been easier...

I have signed up to Good Energy. Woohoo!

Done! That was way easier than I expected, and so rewarding to know that now my kettle is boiling using energy from the sun, and my lights are powered by the wind.

Swapped my energy supplier to Bulb, saving money AND the planet at the same time. Feels good :)

This was such a simple and easy thing to do - another of those things I'd never got round to before!

Saved money too

Switched to Ecotricity and have solar panels installed!