3 years on...
That's a big question. One too big to go into right now but it's a step towards a future where we don't need to burn fossil fuels to produce energy. That can't be a bad thing.
Some people will choose Bulb just because of their green credentials. However, that is not the main reason why I chose Bulb which is the wider problem we face when it comes to people's attitudes to reducing their family's carbon emissions. Even though we know how important climate change is and what we need to do, when times are tight, we understandably look for value over anything else.
So really, the answer is Bulb. If companies like Bulb offer good value, good service and enable us to shrink our carbon footprint then that's the way forward.
"If companies offer good value, good service and enable us to shrink our carbon footprint then that's the way forward."
Yes (according to Bulb). Since being with them, they have told me I have saved 3.4 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere which is equivalent to planting 1671 trees. *wow*. If you become a member, they will send you a "Green impact report" every year to tell you how much CO2 you have saved which is always nice to know.
For every renewable unit of electricity Bulb buys, it receives a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate which is used to verify the source with Ofgem.
This is compared to a national average of 0.3% so I think it's a good effort. They receive certificates from Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin (RGGO) and from the Renewable Energy Association and Biomethane Certificates from Green Gas Trading. This means that they can verify the source of the green gas.
To mitigate the carbon cost of the other 90% of gas, Bulb invest in carbon offsetting projects around the world. This is verified by one of three organisations: Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard or the UNFCCC's Clean Development Mechanism.
It seems that Bulb has very good green credentials that can be backed up by internationally-recognised standards. I like the fact that even though energy companies are unable to supply 100% green gas, Bulb offset the the gas that isn't green to reduce the carbon cost.
It is also great that they let you know what your own impact has been - just by being a Bulb customer.
I think Bulb is a great renewable energy company. One of the good guys in the market with 5-star customer service. If you sign up using my link, we both get £50. Get a quote first and see if Bulb is right for you.