Our expert panel assigns each green tariff a Bronze, Silver or Gold level, depending on a range of factors (covered below).
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.
|Renewable electricity||0% (generated renewable energy matching your energy use is sent to the grid)||42.9% (minimum), or 33% (if green gas included)||100%|
|Renewable gas||0%||Maybe some - check tariff for details||10% (minimum)|
|Renewable energy projects funded by providers||No||Not necessarily||Yes|
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.
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.
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.
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.