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Uswitch Green Accreditation

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What is Uswitch Green Accreditation?

Uswitch Green Accreditation aims to make green energy tariffs easier to understand so you can pick the one that’s right for you.

Levels assigned by experts

Our expert panel assigns each green tariff a Bronze, Silver or Gold level, depending on a range of factors (covered below).

Look for the level badge

Each tariff is given a badge when it’s been assigned Bronze, Silver or Gold status, so look out for those badges on the results table when you compare energy deals.

Make a confident choice

You switch to the right green energy tariff for you, as you would with any new energy tariff.

How are tariffs accredited?

Our panel of industry experts assess the green tariffs that our suppliers make available on the UK market according to these criteria:

How do the tariffs compare?

BronzeSilverGold
Renewable electricity0% (generated renewable energy matching your energy use is sent to the grid)42.9% (minimum), or 33% (if green gas included) 100%
Renewable gas0%Maybe some - check tariff for details10% (minimum)
Renewable energy projects funded by providersNoNot necessarilyYes
Uswitch Bronze standard (Green Accreditation)

A Bronze tariff is often the most affordable level of green tariff. However, this is because you won't receive energy that comes from renewable sources. Instead, that renewable energy is generated and sent back to the grid for others to use.

  • Often the most affordable green option
  • Drives overall increase in renewable energy use
  • You’ll still receive a large portion of non-renewable energy

Silver

Uswitch Silver standard (Green Accreditation)

A Silver tariff goes a step further than a Bronze tariff. Customers' fuel mixes on a Silver tariff will feature at least 42.9% electricity sourced from renewable sources or at least 33% electricity sourced from renewables if there is some green gas in the mix as well.

  • You get at least some renewable energy
  • You’re helping to fund further investment in renewable energy
  • You’ll still receive a large portion of non-renewable energy

Gold

Uswitch Gold standard (Green Accreditation)

A Gold tariff is the greenest possible tariff that Uswitch offers. Customers will receive 100% renewable electricity and at least 10% green gas. Gold tariff suppliers will also be contributing towards long-term renewable energy projects.

  • 100% renewable electricity
  • At least 10% green gas with all gas fully carbon-offset
  • Minimal impact on the environment
  • Renewable energy projects funded
  • Usually more expensive than Bronze or Silver level tariffs

Who sets the tariff levels?

Our independent panel of experts has reviewed the green energy market so you don’t have to.

The panel set the criteria that all tariffs are being assessed against, and will review the criteria annually, to ensure it reflects current market conditions, making sure you can always trust you are choosing a tariff that reflects best practice at the time.

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