Let’s Preserve our Planet by Green Business Energy
If you want your business to do its bit to take down climate change and preserve the planet, there are two main options open to you – switch to a green business energy tariff, and/or generate some or all of your own renewable business energy.
Here, we reveal all you need to know about achieving an environmentally-friendly energy plan for your business.
So What are green business energy tariffs?
The most accessible way for your business to convert ‘greener’ is to shift your business to a green or renewable business energy tariff. You could even preserve your precious money on your energy bills in the process.
Many energy suppliers offer green business energy tariffs or contracts. This means that some or all of the electricity you use is matched with the amount the supplier buys from renewable energy generators.
The more further businesses (and households) that sign up to green energy tariffs, the higher renewable energy is fed back into the grid, and the country’s necessity on fossil fuels diminishes.
The renewable energy you use could come from wind farms, solar farms, hydroelectric power stations, and biomass plants.
Which suppliers offer green business tariffs?
The Big Six energy suppliers – British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, and SSE – offer green business contracts, but whether you qualify may depend on whether you run a small or large business.
There are also a number of smaller, independent suppliers that provide renewable business energy tariffs, such as Bulb, Ecotricity, Good Energy, Green Energy UK, Hudson Energy, Octopus Energy, Smartest Energy, and Total Gas & Power. The advantage of switching to a smaller supplier is that they often market cheaper tariffs, and they also regularly receive high ratings for their customer service.
How can my business generate renewable energy?
So, If you are pondering and keen to reduce your business’ carbon footprint, you might also want to think about generating your own renewable energy.
Below are the main options to consider:
Solar PV panels are one of the most common types of renewable energy for businesses. Solar panels are straightforward to install – usually on the roof or side of the building – and capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells.
Solar thermal energy uses sunlight to heat water stored in your hot water tank. Similar to solar panels, solar water heating collectors can be easy to install on the roof or the side of your building.
Wind power uses wind turbines to generate electricity. However, you’ll usually need a lot of lands to have these installed and to ensure you are generating enough electricity for your business.
Hydro-electric power captures the energy of flowing water through a wheel or turbine to generate electricity.
Biomass systems generate energy by burning or fermenting organic material such as wood pellets with a combined heat and power plant.
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