What is Green Energy?
Green energy is power that has been produced from environmentally friendly sources such as water, wind or the sun.
A photovoltaic cell is a cell that is designed to use the heat from the sun and convert it into energy. That energy is then stored and used as electricity in homes. There are also thermal heating systems which use the warmth from the sun to heat water for use in homes. In the UK where the sun is not always a guaranteed option, photovoltaic power is a common alternative.
Hydro electric power is generated from the movement of falling or running water and is created in small hydro-electric power plants that are based on areas of Cumbria, Cambridgeshire and the Peak District.
The movement of the wind also can generate electricity. Wind turns turbines whose movement generates power. This is stored and used as electricity.
What are Green Tariffs?
A green tariff is one that provides energy from renewable sources as opposed to coal and oil. Most of the major energy suppliers offer these types of tariffs including British Gas, E.ON, Npower and EDF Power. Each has a responsibility to ensuring that a percentage of all energy is environment friendly energy. This commitment is regulated by Ofgem who is a regulatory body run by the government.
A green tariff does not necessarily mean that you will have to install a wind turbine or a solar panel, the electricity that you receive is exactly the same as that on any other tariff. It simply means that a portion of what you pay will go towards the research and development of green energy and on the energy production side of things that raw materials can slowly begin to change from coal and oil to renewable energy sources. Being green also means using energy efficiently and not wasting it. As a customer on a green tariff you will find that you will receive updates on how to use energy wisely. Larger businesses who are regulated in terms of their carbon footprint will find that subscribing to a green tariff will offset their carbon footprint.
Being green also includes paperless billing. This is where online tariffs are also considered environment friendly.
Why would I subscribe to a Green Tariff?
Green tariffs are not a way of saving on energy and gas bills and although environment friendly energy is in fact more expensive to produce, suppliers endeavour to keep the costs the same. Being on a green tariff is about social responsibility and for those who prefer to be environmentally friendly or for larger companies who are being pressured to reduce their carbon footprint. When asking for a price comparison service from PCM Switch be sure to mention that you would like a greener option so that we may look for the best deal for you.
How can I get a Green Tariff?
PCM Switch can get quotes on green tariffs from a variety of suppliers. Simply get in touch with us so that we can begin the process for you and find the best rates so that you can start to save the environment and save on your energy bills.
Where do you get Green Tariffs from?
Green tariffs are available from a number of the suppliers. PCM Switch can help you by getting a quote and allowing you to compare the best rates with the best benefits. Saving on your gas and electric bills has never been easier. All we need from you is your postcode and telephone number, we will do the hard work for you and call you to confirm that savings you can make by switching suppliers or tariffs.
When can I get a Green Tariff?
Once you have received the quote from PCM Switch, accepted it and confirmed your new supplier and the green tariff option, we will begin the process of switching. Altogether it takes approximately 6 – 8 weeks for the switch to take place. Expect a confirmation letter within 48 hours of confirmation from us and in the following 2 weeks your new supplier will be in touch with you, welcoming you to your new tariff and giving you the exact date the switch will take place. On that day just be sure to take note of your meter reading and send it to your new supplier to avoid any confusion. Other than that there will be no interruption in supply and no quality changes. The only difference will be that you are now billed according to the green tariff option that you have chosen.
For any queries relating to gas and electric please call PCM Switch customer service. Our trained advisors will be happy to assist you.
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