Standard energy, sometimes referred to as ‘brown energy’, comes from fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. With climate change increasingly important to environmentally conscious consumers, many people are considering how they can limit their carbon footprint. ‘Going green’ with your energy can help the environment, since renewable energy is pumped back into the National Grid.
However, there’s been some press coverage about green energy providers and green tariffs not always being exactly what they seem. Consumers have criticised the labelling of green tariffs for being confusing. It’s worth noting that even electricity generated from renewable sources has some impact on the environment – think of the manufacture, installation and operation of the equipment, for instance. To that end, some companies also give details of the overall carbon content of their electricity, in a bid to be more transparent.
You don’t have to get all your energy from renewable sources. You could compromise and find a supplier that supports environmental projects or sources just some of its energy from renewables, or funds other carbon-offset schemes. Alternatively, you could make your own renewable electricity by having solar panels installed.
Find out more in our guide to renewable energy.