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3 years on...

Renewable Energy from Bulb

Bulb Energy are the UK’s biggest green energy supplier. But what does it mean and can I make a difference?

Will it make a difference?

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.

Should you choose Bulb because they are green?

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."

Have I reduced my carbon emissions?

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.

How green is Bulb?
My own carbon emissions saving since being with Bulb

What renewable sources does Bulb's energy come from?

Bulb's electricity comes from:

  • 73% wind
  • 24% solar
  • 3% hydro

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.

Bulb's gas comes from:

  • 10% Biomethane (from anaerobic digestion of purpose-grown crops, food or farm waste and animal waste)

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.

Carbon offsetting the other 90% of 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.

Is Bulb Energy really green?

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.

A personal recommendation...

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.

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