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Green Energy plans: which one to choose

Green energy plans are a good choice if you want to be more environmentally friendly.

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If you're one of the growing number of conscientious people who feels it is important to select a green energy plan then you may know that comparing just how green some energy plans really are can be quite challenging.

Green energy tariffs

It can be difficult to know which suppliers to trust, what kind of green energy you're getting and just how much good you're doing for the environment.

Use the table below to find a supplier who you feel measures up to your standards on green electricity, and then switch to their most competitive deal. You might not end up with the cheapest plan on the market, but it does mean that you can find a compromise that suits both your pocket and your ethics.

Having said that, it's worth noting that a green plan does not necessarily mean an expensive plan. In fact, some green plans compare very favourably with many of the big six's standard plan. So you could switch to a green plan and make a saving at the same time!

Dual fuel green energy plans

It is worth noting that there are other suppliers which offer green energy plans. However, in this table we have focussed on those which provide dual fuel plans that have 100% renewable electricity.

To switch to a green energy plan, run an energy comparison and select More Filters to see an option to see only Green and environmental plans.

Supplier Tariff name Renewable %* Additional info
ecotricity Green Electricity + Green Gas 100%
  • No cancellation fees
  • On average, more spent per customer on building new sources of green electricity
good energy Good Energy & Gas+ 100%
  • Energy produced by solar, wind, water and sustainable biogeneration.
  • Supports the National Trust.
greenenergy Dual Fuel Sparkling 100%
  • No cancellation fees
  • Energy made using water, sun, wind and organic waste
pioneer Green Saver 12 Month 100%
  • Receive a personal "Green Report" annually
  • In partnership with 'Carbon Footprint' — working on carbon reduction projects
loco Planet 100%
  • Electricity sourced from their own hydropower sites, topped up from wind, solar and biofuels
loco Planet Fixed 4 100%
  • Electricity sourced from their own hydropower sites, topped up from wind, solar and biofuels
marksandspencers M&S Energy Fix & More Nov 16 100%
  • No cancellation fees
  • Includes £40 M&S gift card per customer for joining
marksandspencers M&S Energy Standard Energy 100%
  • No cancellation fees
ovo Greener Energy (all online) 100%
  • No cancellation fees
  • 3% interest on account credit
  • Energy generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas, and biogas
ovo Greener Energy 100%
  • No cancellation fees
  • 3% interest on account credit
  • Energy generated from wind, solar, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydro, biomass, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas, and biogas

* The percentage of overall fuel mix from renewable energy sources. Last updated August 2015.

Switching to a Green Energy plan

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Just like normal gas and electricity tariffs, some green tariffs are cheaper than others. Some suppliers, including new kid on the block Ovo Energy, have tried to make their renewable energy plans more affordable.

We incorporate green dual fuel plans in our results table, just pop your postcode into the box above.

You can also compare prices on green electricity tariffs with uSwitch - just put in all your details as normal, and when you get to the results page, select the 'Green electricity' tab.

Doing a comparison will also help you to see the difference between the cheapest overall plan and the cheapest green plan, so you can judge whether or not you can afford the difference.

Remember that you can split the difference too, by opting for a green electricity plan, and offsetting the expense with the cheapest gas deal you can get. Unlike electricity, gas can't be produced from renewable sources like solar or hydro, so your conscience can remain relatively clear.

However, you will miss out on things like the dual fuel discount, which can knock a reasonable amount off your bill.

Reduced green choices

Towards the end of July 2013, five of the big six - EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, SSE and Scottish Power – announced that they would no longer be offering green energy tariffs to UK customers. Part of the reason for this is Ofgem's push for a 'Simpler, Clearer, Fairer' energy market. The latter forced energy suppliers to limit the number of plans on offer to four (for both gas and electricity); as a result, the number of greener plans fell significantly.

Whilst these developments have severely restricted the number of green energy plans available to consumers, a number of energy suppliers continue to offer environmentally friendly tariffs. Small suppliers in particular have stepped into the 'green void' left by the big six.

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