Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Get the cheapest 'green' energy deal

Switching to a ‘greener’ energy tariff may cost you more than a conventional deal but it needn't cost the earth, Which? Money says today.

The magazine has compared green gas and electricity deals from 10 energy suppliers to find the best available.

We found that Npower was the cheapest green option for gas and dual fuel tariffs (a gas and electricity package), while for electricity Scottish Power was the best value.
Renewable energy

Using a variety of addresses around the UK, our researchers posed as a customer currently paying £720 a year for gas and £480 a year for electricity from different companies.

We found that green energy tariffs are still significantly more expensive than the cheapest non-green options.

But the prices of green tariffs also vary hugely, and some are more eco-friendly than others.
Dual fuel discount

Which? Money editor Martyn Hocking said: ‘Many companies offer a dual fuel discount if you buy both gas and electricity.

‘Consider carbon offsetting as a potentially cheaper alternative to green energy. But if you are buying green energy, check the company’s fuel mix to see how much renewable energy it produces overall.’

Which? runs an impartial energy price comparison site, Switch with Which?.

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