Why don't we all switch to 100% green electricity to accelerate the decline in fossil fuel burning power stations? And help give our planet more of a fighting chance. OGN Daily reviews the top providers in the UK and US.
In 2016, Octopus entered the UK market to disrupt the status quo and, since then, has been attracting approximately 30,000 customers a month, and now supplies energy to 1.5 million UK homes. Remarkably, 92% of their customers rate Octopus as 5* Excellent on TrustPilot. If you need any further persuasion, they are the only supplier to be recommended by consumer champion, Which? year after year after year.
So, is it more expensive to power your home with green electricity? Octopus claim that they are no more expensive than their traditional competitors' non-green tariffs and provide all customers with transparent, adjustable pricing.
In 2017, they launched Octopus Tracker, a UK‐first tariff championing price transparency offering fair daily rates based on the wholesale price of energy. Then, in 2018, they became the only supplier to really harness the potential of smart meter technology with Agile Octopus, a time-of-use tariff with half‐hourly rates allowing customers to adjust their consumption to times when the wholesale price of energy is cheapest.
Next came Octopus Go, a tariff designed just for EV drivers, with a super-cheap night rate so adopters of the future of green transport can always wake up fully charged.
Meanwhile, across the pond in the USA, a company called Arcadia could be the solution in taking your personal environmental action to the next level. The company’s mission is to “make clean energy an easy choice” which they do by connecting individuals to renewable utilities. Using the Arcadia app, you can simply type in your zip code and the tech platform matches you with low-cost, sustainable wind and solar energy.
You can connect the service to your utility account in just two minutes and then pay your bill through Arcadia’s platform. In addition to your new green energy source, the platform will track your energy data to see your usage progress. It will also help you understand where you use your energy and how much money you’re saving over time.
The best part? Arcadia is good for the planet and your wallet. You’re guaranteed to not spend more than you would with your current utility company, but many customers will even save by using Arcadia.
Taking the initiative to invest in solar or wind power for your home can be daunting, but tapping into existing renewable energy sources is a great low-commitment middle step if you’re not ready to put those panels on your roof quite yet. Arcadia is an easy, affordable, and simple solution for reducing your carbon footprint.
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