Have you thought about switching to green energy? It’s easy, can save you money and the planet too.

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In Leeds in 2020, 26% of our carbon emissions came from our homes which is predicted to rise to 33% by 2050 unless we all start reducing our energy usage and switching to using green energy.

It is one of the easiest ways to make a big difference to your personal or family’s carbon footprint and help mitigate Climate Change. So if you haven’t already, please think about this now.

Switching to green energy not only saves you money, but you can feel good about the energy you are using. Do take a look at information here on Money Saving Expert and compare. There is also information about the different green energy providers here from Which (click here).

If you decide to switch, please consider using either of these referral links. We will donate the cash value of any credits/rewards to our Community Green Group to help fund tree planting and other community projects we are working on together.

Bulb – offer £50 credit when you join (click here) and £50 as a referral reward

Octopus Energy split £100 credit when you switch (click here)

If you have an electric vehicle, you can offset quite a bit of your vehicle charging costs by using off peak tariffs like Octopus Go (please use the referral link above). For example, fill up for the tenth of the price of a traditional car with Octopus Go and keep your fuel costs around 1p per mile. Compare electric vehicles here.

Here are some common Q&As

Why should I use ‘green’ energy?

There are number of benefits switching to renewable energy.

The key benefit is that it ups the overall demand for energy generated from renewable sources. The more demand there is, the more energy generators will invest in things like solar and wind farms. For example, green energy has grown from less than 10% of the UK energy mix to almost 50% in the last 12 years, driven by you!

This in turn, reduces reliance on fossil fuels which produce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate change. On the other hand, renewable energy produces very little harmful emissions.

Cost is another benefit as it’s now cheap. In recent years, the price of green energy has plummeted meaning you can still go green and save over £300/yr.

It’s also energy made here, from our own natural resources, supporting jobs here and keeping billions in our economy. We can end our dependence on foreign energy companies and countries, on global energy markets, denominated in a foreign currency and on price-fixing cartels. Freedom from all of that and from oil wars. We get freedom, jobs and a bigger, stronger economy!

Can I get ‘green’ energy directly from renewable generators?

No, unfortunately not – the energy that flows into your home all comes from a national network. Energy from all sources are dumped into the mix, so you can never be sure the energy you’re using comes only from renewable sources.

You can switch to supplies that own and invest in wind and solar firms to help more direct investment in renewable energy. Firms such as Ecotricity, Good Energy and Green Energy all do this.

How can I save energy at home?

Ultimately, the best way to save money and help the environment is to use less energy.

Turning down your thermostat just one degree and putting on a jumper can cut your bills by £80/yr. Other top tips include turning off lights when you leave a room, using energy-saving light bulbs, turning electrical goods off rather than leaving them on standby and making sure the fridge isn’t on too high (if it needs to be regularly defrosted then it likely is).

For more, see our thrifty heat-saving tips or find out the truth behind 17 energy-saving conundrums in Energy Mythbusting.

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