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Renewable energy (or green energy), which is now offered by most suppliers, allows customers to reduce the impact of their energy usage on the environment. It’s more common for suppliers to offer 100% renewable electricity - as it is easy to generate it using wind or solar power - than renewable gas, which often has to be offset by other measures such as planting trees.
The benefits of green energy tariffs are largely the same as any tariff. They work in exactly the same way as normal tariffs but their unique selling point is their much-reduced effect on the environment. They can sometimes be cheaper than normal tariffs as well, meaning that you can save money and play your part in preventing climate change at the same time.
There are various renewable energy sources for customers to research before signing up to a deal:
Solar energy comes from the sun, whose energy is collected by solar panels mounted on buildings or in fields and then converted into energy. It’s useful for those looking to generate power solely for their own home, rather than on the large scale energy companies would be looking for.
Wind power, generated by turbines, is an extremely popular renewable energy option - it can be used to generate electricity on its own or to power hydroelectric dams that in turn generate electricity.
Hydroelectric power uses water from a dam or reservoir to generate power via a water turbine and generator. It is popular because of its low running costs and the fact that the amount produced can be adapted to meet demand at the time.
Similarly, tidal power is a form of hydroelectric power that uses tidal currents, which occur twice a day, to drive turbine generators. Although tidal flow isn’t a consistent source of power, it is something that can be depended upon to happen every day, which means that periods of low tide can be factored into generation estimates.
Biomethane power is a natural gas that comes from the breakdown of food, agricultural and household waste and is comparable to gases that come from fossil fuels. It can be distributed via the existing gas grid infrastructure, making it an attractive option for those wanting to sign up to a renewable tariff.
Green energy companies come in all shapes and sizes now, with the number of green tariffs available to customers growing in line with the focus on the environment and climate change. From the big six energy suppliers to the smaller names on the market, there’s a green tariff to suit everyone if they want it. Some of those less well-known suppliers exclusively offer green tariffs to help themselves stand out against bigger names.
Renewable energy comparison works in exactly the same way as non-renewable plan comparison - you’ll need to know exactly how much energy you use and how much you’re currently paying. This information can usually be found on your latest bill. The more accurate you are with your information, the more accurately a price comparison website can find deals that will save you money (assuming you’re not already on the cheapest possible option). You’ll also be able to compare renewable energy plans that meet your needs as far as exit fees, billing options, incentives and more are concerned to help you find the best possible option.
While renewable energy is an excellent moral choice, it does sometimes come at a premium as far as price is concerned. This is because it does tend to cost more to produce than normal energy, but those who wish to use renewable energy usually don’t mind paying a little extra to ensure that they don’t negatively affect the environment.
With a greater number of green energy companies on the market, though, things are becoming more competitive and it is possible to compare renewable energy prices and find a deal that sees you paying less than you currently are. Comparing green energy tariffs on a price comparison website is a quick way to see if it’s a suitable route for you to take.
To compare cheap renewable energy deals, go to a price comparison website and enter details about your current plan and usage into the system to find all the plans you could switch to. There should then be a filter that enables you to only compare green or renewable energy tariffs, allowing you to easily work out which green deal is most suitable for your budget and circumstances. You can then confirm your switch to a renewable energy deal and your suppliers will do the rest.