Hello Money Saving Expert members – how are you today?
As you will have heard from MSE, Bulb have been selected as the cheapest fixed green tariff in its Feb 2016 Big Switch. That means that for those of you who make the switch, we’ll be your new energy supplier. I know what you’re thinking and we’re pretty excited about it too. You might not have heard much about Bulb, so this is our chance to put you into the loop.
Bulb was born in 2014. Not only is our electricity 100% renewable (something only two other suppliers can claim), we also provide 10% renewable gas. And this doesn’t even count all the trees we’ve planted for our members.
We’re also low cost and have market leading service. This winter so far we have reduced our prices twice in order to pass on savings from lower wholesale energy costs. We also have the highest rated service on the independent review site Trustpilot.
We know you’ll have some questions, so we’ve pulled together some information about our green credentials for you:
Our 100% renewable electricityEvery electron that we put into the grid is sourced renewably. Right now, most of our electricity comes from ‘run of river’ hydro plants. For example, Llyn Brenig in Wales. As more members join us, we'll support more and more independent renewable generators.
All renewable electricity comes with an Ofgem issued Renewables Obligation Certificate. This means that you can be sure that the electricity you’re using in your home is 100% renewable. At the time of writing, around 20% of UK electricity comes from renewable sources, so you’re massively reducing your carbon footprint by joining Bulb.
Our green gasWe have to say, we're pretty proud that at least 10% of our gas comes from renewable sources, which is 100 times higher than the national average of 0.1%. We've partnered with anaerobic digesters to generate our green gas from the waste slurry of piggeries in Oxfordshire. We'll continue working with more green gas producers to keep increasing our green gas proportions and supporting this exciting new technology.
What is green gas?
Green gas, or biomethane, is methane that naturally occurs through decomposition of organic matter. When bacteria break down plant material, sewage and organic waste this releases methane. This methane can be captured, refined and fed into the gas grid. Biomethane is carbon neutral, meaning there is no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In other words, it does not contribute to an increase in global warming. You can read more about the environmental benefits of biomethane on biomethane.org.
All of the biomethane that we source is certified by the Green Gas Certification Scheme. This ensures that our green gas is tracked from production to end use, and is indeed renewable. All of this gas comes with a Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin certificate which lets us prove our fuel mix.
Trees make the world a better placeWe want to make choosing clean energy an easy decision. We keep our prices low and provide industry leading service, but we want to do even more to make it a complete no-brainer...
We think trees simply make the world a better place which is why we’re donating to The Tree Council for every member that joined us through the February 2016 MSE Collective Switch.
Supporting The Tree Council
We’re working with The Tree Council (registered charity number 279000) to plant trees in places where people live, work, study and spend their leisure time across the UK. We will donate £10 for each dual fuel member, £5 for electricity only members. The Tree Council use donations in a variety of different ways but a £10 donation could provide 10 little trees for little hands to plant. This means that 10 new Bulb members would donate enough for a green oasis in a school. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you joining us, so thanks for making this happen. You can read more about The Tree Council here.
So, why trees?
Not only are they great for the environment, we think that trees just make the world a better place, a sentiment that we share with The Tree Council. We believe that trees play a key part in our well being and enjoyment of life. This isn’t just wishful thinking. For example, Scientific American reported a study where patients who had a view looking out on leafy trees “healed, on average, a day faster, needed significantly less pain medication and had fewer post-surgical complications than patients who instead saw a brick wall.” That’s a really cool finding and we want to bring the same benefits to people all over the UK. To quote the architect Richard Rogers, “everyone should be able to see a tree from their nearest window.”
We hope that clears everything up, but if you have any questions about anything then fire away. Our member community means that we’re all ears and you can talk to us however and whenever you like.
All the best,
Tel: 0300 30 30 635