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Renewable energy

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 your energy wisely

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.

Our top energy saving tips

  • When you boil a kettle, use only as much water as you need.
  • Cover pots and pans when you’re cooking – they’ll boil a lot faster.
  • Defrost your freezer regularly – and don’t put in food that’s still hot.
  • If you’ve only got a small amount of food to heat up, using a microwave rather than a conventional oven could save you energy.
  • Wash your clothes at 30°C – it can be just as effective unless you’ve got a very dirty load.
  • Only run your washing machine or dishwasher with full loads.
  • Avoid tumble drying. Dry clothes outdoors or on indoor dryers (where possible).
  • Turn your central heating down by 1°C as it could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.
  • Turn down your immersion heater by 1°C and you’ll save energy (and you probably won’t feel any colder).
  • Replace old light bulbs with energy efficient ones – if every UK home replaced three bulbs, it would save enough energy to power all the UK’s street lights.

Walls, roofs, windows and doors

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:

  • Fitting cavity wall insulation is one of the best ways to keep heat in and save money. It can cut around £115 off your heating bill each year.
  • Get draught excluders for external doors, windows and letterboxes – this will help to stop warm air escaping. It’s also worth tackling gaps between skirting boards and floorboards.
  • Double-glazing keeps the heat in, and also reduces noise and condensation. If you went round your whole house and replaced old single glazing with Energy Saving Recommended double glazing, you could save around £135 each year.
  • Close your curtains as soon as it starts to get dark, to lock in the heat and make your home feel warm and snug.

Heating and hot water

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:

  • Take up to a quarter off your heating bills by replacing an old G-rated boiler with a lovely, new A-rated condensing boiler and a full set of heating controls.
  • Wrap your hot water tank in an insulating jacket. You’ll find your water stays hot longer, and you’ll waste less energy heating it. And you could save around £35 a year!
  • Hot water pipes lose heat if they are out in the open between the boiler and hot water tank – so if you spot them, insulate them. This could save you around £10 a year on your fuel bills.
  • Turn your heating thermostat down by 1°C and it can cut up to 10% off your heating costs. For a gas-heated, three-bed semi-detached property, this could save you around £55 a year!
  • In fact, there’s no need to set the thermostat on your hot water tank any higher than 60°C or 140°F.

Washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers

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!).

  • Wash your clothes at a cool 30°C. Modern washing powders and detergents work just as well at lower temperatures. It’ll use around 40% less electricity (saving you about £10 a year).
  • Replace your old dishwasher with a new Energy Saving Recommended model. It’ll use around 20% less energy than a typical old model, produce about 48kg less of CO2 – and will save you about £12 a year.
  • Hang on until your dishwasher or washing machine are full before you hit start – and use the economy cycle (if you have one). Both will save you energy.
  • Get in the swing of summer with a washing line! When it’s warm outside, peg your clothes out and let the glorious sunshine do the rest. It’ll save you around £15 a year on your electricity bill (and 65kg of CO2) compared with tumble drying.

Appliances – from kettles to radios

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.

Lighting – from bulbs to bedside lamps

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.

  • Fit your home with energy-saving light bulbs – they use up to 80% less electricity than standard bulbs and last around ten times as long.
  • Depending on how long you keep your lights on every day, an energy-saving light bulb can save you around £2.50 per year, or around £6 for brighter bulbs or any you use for more than a few hours a day.
  • By replacing all the old-style bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs you could cut around £37 a year off your energy bill and save 135kg of carbon dioxide. Over the lifetime of all the bulbs, this could save you a satisfying £590 on your energy bills and bulb costs – and three tonnes of CO2.

Fridges and freezers

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.

  • If you replace your old fridge freezer with one that has an Energy Saving Recommended mark, it could cut your home’s CO2 emissions by about 140kg a year, using 60% less energy than a typical old model and saving you around £36 a year.

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