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Green energy plans

How to choose a green energy plans

Looking to save money and do your part for the environment? Switching to a green energy plan powered by renewable energy is a great start

Switching to a green energy plan with uSwitch is easy — simply run an energy comparison and then choose "Green plans" in the plan features filter.

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Find out more about how green plans work and how to choose the best one for you below.

Green energy tariffs

One of the first things to know about green plans is that they are unlikely to be the cheapest on the market — but with a growing number of suppliers offering a green energy alternative, the options are increasing. And more competition means prices are slowly but surely coming down.

Green plans also vary in the way in which their renewable energy is produced. To be considered a "green" plan, it must derive 100% of it's electricity from renewable sources. These sources most often come from wind (wind farms), water (hydropower) or the sun (solar power).

Many green plans also include a portion of renewable gas, usually about 10%. These renewable sources include biomass, biomethane or bio fuel (energy derived from manure, wood waste or other byproducts of the agricultural process).

Cheapest green energy plans

See below for a quick look at the current cheapest green plans on the market. To switch to a green energy plan, run an energy comparison and select "Green Plans" in the filter options.

SupplierPlan namePrice
BulbVari-Fair£887Compare now
Tonik EnergyPositive Energy v4£887Compare now
ENGIEGreen Fixed Sept 18 v2£931Compare now
Octopus EnergyGreen Octopus£933Compare now
Bristol EnergyMy Green Plus 1 Year Fix Issue 3£942Compare now
Octopus EnergySuper Green Octopus£972Compare now
Tonik EnergyLife Energy£992Compare now
Fischer EnergyOne Fair Tariff£994Compare now
Green Star EnergyGreen Saver 12m 1612£1014Compare now
Co-operative EnergyCo-op Price Protect July 2019£1049Compare now

This table's prices are based on average bill sizes for a medium energy user on a dual fuel plan paying by monthly direct debit, with prices averaged across all regions. This table is updated hourly from uSwitch's database of all plans on the open market. It includes only plans that are available in at least 7 of the 14 regions and are made up of at least 100% renewable electricity.

Switching to a green energy plan

Just like normal gas and electricity tariffs, some green tariffs are cheaper than others. Newer suppliers are often able to offer competitively priced green tariffs because they have a smaller operation to run and therefore a lower overhead cost.

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To compare prices on green electricity tariffs with uSwitch, put input your current energy details as normal, and when you get to the results page, select the 'Green plans' filter to show only green plans.

Even if you do not use the filter, green plans will always be highlighted in your results with a green-coloured badge. This way, you can compare the costs of green plans to non-renewable energy plans for reference. Often you may find a very competitive green energy plan.

Green energy supplier choices

Toward 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. Part of the reason for this is Ofgem's requirement that suppliers only offer four "core" tariffs; as a result, the number of greener plans fell significantly.

Meanwhile, several brand-new suppliers entered the market, looking to differentiate themselves in the energy space by offering competitive renewable energy plans. These plans are often competitively priced, are offered at a fixed rate and certainly cheaper than the big six standard variable rate plans.

Now, with Ofgem having lifted the four tariff cap in 2016, we may see more suppliers than ever offering green plans.

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