Both Fairerpower and OVO, our energy partner, are committed to delivering more renewable electricity. Right now, we’re focused on serving our customers rather than generating our own power, so we buy from the energy market and from generators themselves across the UK. The fuel mix shown here reflects both the energy we buy directly and what we buy from the market, which may not always be as green as we would like after the energy companies which own renewables and nuclear have used up their share.*
Our plan is to keep decreasing the carbon intensity over time, while still offering customers best value. At the moment, we do this by offering 15% renewable electricity** in all our tariffs. Our renewables mix includes technologies such as solar, wind and hydro.
*Renewable power is generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogas.
**15% renewable electricity as standard as of 1st April 2015.
Using less energy not only cuts your bills – which is better for you – it also cuts emissions, which is better for the planet. The best way to use less energy and cut your bills is to make sure your home and all your electrical appliances are working as efficiently as possible. By insulating your roof and walls, improving your heating system and generally being a bit more careful, you can save around £300 a year. Not to mention cutting your home’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 1.5 tonnes.
Of all the things you can do to save energy, improving your home’s insulation will have by far the greatest impact. Here are some easy, quick fixes:
The older your boiler, the less efficient it’s likely to be. In fact, if it’s been around 15 years or older, it’s done a great job – but you should definitely think about changing it. On average, heating and hot water make up around 60% of the average fuel bill and, unless your home is newly built, your heating system is unlikely to be running as efficiently as it could be. To be more energy efficient, simply:
These use about £2 billion worth of electricity each year, and produce around eight million tonnes of CO2 (about the same as 2.5 million cars!).
Remember to turn appliances off at the wall instead of leaving them on standby. Look out for the distinctive blue Energy Efficiency Recommended logo when you are buying any new appliance – it means that it’s one of the most efficient in its category, so it will use less power and be cheaper to run.
Only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle. If everyone did that, in a year we could save enough electricity to run the UK’s street lighting for nearly seven months.
In most houses lighting takes up roughly 20% of the electricity bill, and UK homes spend around £2.3 billion every year on electricity to power their lighting.
Every year, UK homes use around £2 billion worth of electricity on cooling and freezing food and drinks, using as much electricity as four 700MW power stations produce in that time.