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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

Use the table below to find a supplier who you feel measures up to your standards on green electricity and green gas. You likely won't 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 plans. 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 under Plan Extras, select "Green Plans."

Supplier Tariff name Renewable % Additional info
octopus Green Octopus 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity
  • No early exit fees
  • Octopus is a long-time investor of solar energy in the UK
bulb Vari-Fair 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity and 10% renewable gas
  • No early exit fees
marksandspencers M&S Energy 18 Months Fixed 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity
  • £30 early exit fee
Loc02 Green Electricity + Green Gas 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity and 10% renewable gas
  • £25 early exit fee
  • LoC02 generates its own electricity through a network of hydropower stations across England and UK
good energy Good Energy (Electricity only) 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity
  • Energy produced by solar, wind, water and sustainable biogeneration.
  • No early exit fee
pioneer Green Saver 12 Month 100%
  • Receive a personal "Green Report" annually
  • In partnership with 'Carbon Footprint' — working on carbon reduction projects
ecotricity Green Electricity 100%
  • 100% renewable electricity

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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