A green energy tariff, is just like any other tariff – the only difference is that there’s a focus on renewable energy. A feed-in-tariff on the other hand, is a scheme that gives money back to households that generate their own electricity.
If you want to do your bit for the planet but can’t be doing with investing in solar panels and wind turbines, then finding a green tariff is the alternative. Green tariffs come in all shapes and sizes, so here’s what to consider:
- Suppliers can offer up to 100% green energy; if they offer a mix of energy (some renewable and the rest from traditional sources), then they have to be upfront about the percentage mix so that you know what you’re getting.
- Some suppliers only offer 100% renewable energy.
- Suppliers may provide you with conventionally sourced energy from fossil fuels but match your energy usage and give back an equivalent in renewables to the National Grid.
- You may end up on a tariff where you pay a premium and the supplier makes a donation to a ‘clean’ energy project.
It’s important that you review any T&Cs before you go ahead and make the switch, just so you can be sure you’re getting the right green energy type for your needs or preferences.