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"The savings I made were very, very substantial."

Hear from Greater Manchester residents who've already made the switch to clean electricity.

Energy is changing

The cost of generating renewable electricity has plummeted over the last decade, which is why switching to a clean energy tariff can now save many people money. In Greater Manchester, a standard variable tariff with a big supplier will cost a typical household around £1,180 a year, compared with £850 for the cheapest clean deal.*
* Figures calculated for a medium use household with an SK6 postcode on 18 October 2017.
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Other options

While planet-friendly power is now very cheap, it’s not yet the absolute cheapest option. You may be able to save another £20 to £30 a year with a non-clean deal.* These tariffs aren’t as good for the environment, but if you want to secure the largest possible savings, then consider using a whole-market price comparison site, such as EnergyHelpline.
On a pre-payment meter?
Unfortunately only one of the suppliers on our panel – Ecotricity – can currently support pre-payment meters. Their tariff is around £15 a year cheaper than a standard Big Six pre-payment tariff.* Again, you may be able to find greater savings (of around £80/year) on a whole-market price comparison site.

* Figures calculated for a medium use household with an SK6 postcode on 20 October 2017.

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is committed to making the city a clean energy leader. Our target for 2020 is to cut emissions to 48 per cent of their 1990 levels, and to do that, we’re helping businesses, residents and the public sector make changes that help tackle climate change and improve quality of life.

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What is clean electricity?

By ‘clean electricity’ we mean power generated from renewable sources – sun, wind, water (rivers, tides or wave power) and biofuels (such as gas released by rotting food waste). Unlike electricity generated by burning fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), clean energy has little impact in terms of climate change and air pollution. No tariffs available through our site source electricity from nuclear power. Click here to find out more.
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How do clean tariffs work?

Picture the National Grid like a bucket full of water.* When you’re on a clean electricity tariff, your supplier promises to match the amount you take out of the bucket by ensuring the same amount of clean water goes in. The more clean water that goes into the bucket (and the less dirty water), the cleaner the bucket (or the Grid) gets.
* In reality of course, water and electricity shouldn’t mix!
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Need some #GMCleanspiration?

We love clean energy, and we love Greater Manchester, so we’ve brought the two together in a new series of case studies showcasing environmental innovation and leadership from across the region. We’ll be adding to these over the weeks ahead – if you’d like to suggest a project or business, get in touch.

More power from your switch

Whenever anyone switches energy company through a third party like the Big Clean Switch, the supplier pays a commission. This doesn’t affect the price of the tariff, and Big Clean Switch uses its share to help pay for the overall Big Clean Switch campaign.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority will use a small part of its share (which is between £10 and £20 when you switch both your gas and electricity) to help cover the costs of promoting the campaign in Greater Manchester, with the remainder going to local environmental projects, such as energy efficiency schemes to help lower carbon emissions and reduce bills.

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A word about fixed and variable rate tariffs

There are two types of energy tariffs: ‘fixed’, where the price of a unit of energy won’t change for a set amount of time (usually a year); and ‘variable’, where the supplier can change the price of the energy they sell, providing they give you advanced warning. If you choose a fixed rate tariff, bear in mind that prices could go up at the end of the contract, so make sure you put a note in your diary to check prices again around that time. There’s more information about the differences between fixed and variable tariffs on our help page.

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New kids on the block who have arrived with a bang. Low cost and ranked number one energy company for customer service on Trust Pilot.

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A supplier with ethics at its heart, championing social equality, local renewables and stronger communities.

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One of Britain’s original green energy companies. They supply green energy to around 200,000 people in Britain from their fleet of wind and sun parks.

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The UK's local clean supplier. On average, customers are never more than four miles from one of their generation sites.

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Clean electricity from one of the UK's largest investors in solar power, with a commitment to 'simpler pricing and bills that actually make sense'.

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Tonik combine competitive pricing with a focus on helping you reduce the amount of energy you use in order to reduce your bills.

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Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Bulb

Electricity fuel sources April 16 - March 17 projections

  • Hydro 85%
  • Biofuels 15%

Bulb is one of the most trusted suppliers in the UK, with an incredible TrustPilot score, consistently over 9.5. 

Bulb are independent, which allows them to keep prices low and give members exceptional service.

They believe energy should be low cost and easy to manage. That means a simple rate at prices up to 20% lower than the Big Six, no exit fees and dedicated support.

About Bulb:

  • Affordable, renewable energy:
    100% Renewable Electricity and 10% Renewable Gas sourced from independent UK generators.
  • Exceptional service: Easy online management, plus a UK-based account manager trained in all aspects of energy.
  • Fair & simple prices: A simple rate, no 12-month contracts and no exit charges.
  • First B-corp certified supplier: Thanks to Bulb’s social and environmental performance, accountability and performance standards

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Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Bristol Energy

  • Wind 47%
  • Solar 8%
  • Hydro 6%
  • Biofuels 38%

Bristol Energy helps you go green and give back. You’ll get one of the cheapest 100% green deals on the market. And Bristol Energy will reinvest its profits back into local communities.

Bristol Energy is publicly owned. With no private shareholders to keep happy, it keeps its prices low and puts fairness before profit.

There are no exit fees. And a Bristol-based customer care team. You can even visit us in person at our Hub if you’re local.

About Bristol Energy:

  • Affordable, 100% renewable electricity, sourced from independent generators across the UK
  • Simple, fair and transparent prices, with no exit fees
  • One of the first energy suppliers to voluntarily offer the Warm Home Discount to support their more vulnerable customers. Only available to customers in the Core Group. Find out more here: here
  • Monthly meter readings, so you only pay for what you use
  • They aim to keep their prices as low as they can. If they make a saving on the energy they buy, they pass that on to their customers
  • They’re owned by Bristol City Council, so the money you pay for your energy will help local communities
  • A national supplier, owned by Bristol City Council
  • A force for social good: Bristol Energy’s profits will be reinvested back into local communities. So you can use your energy to make a positive difference

    Note: Bristol Energy’s ‘My Green Plus’ gives you 100% renewable electricity. Bristol Energy’s other tariffs are not 100% renewable, but renewable energy makes up 40% of its overall fuel mix.
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    Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Ecotricity

    Published Fuel Mix for 2016-2017

    • Wind 100%

    Ecotricity have award winning customer service and operate an ethical pricing policy, so everyone gets the same price, no matter how they pay or when they joined – with no exit fees or penalties.

    • Exist to change the way energy is made and used in Britain
    • Turn their customers’ bills into new sources of green energy – what they call ‘bills into mills’
    • Are not-for-dividend – so all of their profits go into their mission
    • As well as green electricity, supply frack-free green gas – and will soon be making their own gas too
    • Built and run Britain’s only national network of electric car charge points – the Electric Highway

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    Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Good Energy

    Published Fuel Mix for 2016-2017

    • Wind 51%
    • Solar 27%
    • Hydro 4%
    • Biofuels 18%

    Good Energy is a clean energy pioneer which has been selling renewable power to UK households since 1999. They:

    • Source 100% of their electricity from renewables
    • Supply Green Gas, 6 percent of which is sourced from bio-methane
    • Run their own solar and wind sites, as well as investing in clean energy innovations such as the proposed Swansea tidal lagoon
    • Support over 112,000 homes and businesses generating their own energy through wind and solar

    In addition, they were named ‘best green electricity supplier’ and one of the UK’s most ethical companies of the last 25 years by Ethical Consumer Magazine. They were awarded Ethical Accreditation with a score of 100% by the Ethical Company Organisation for 12 years running and were named one of the world’s most ethical companies by the Good Shopping Guide. All of this is wrapped up in great service from their South West team, which is consistently highly rated by their customers, Which? and Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert.

    You can find out more about them in their 2016 Progress Report.

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    Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Octopus

    Where Octopus gets its clean electricity

    • Solar 42%
    • Biofuels 58%

    Since 2011, Octopus has built more than 150 solar plants in the UK, making it one of the country’s largest solar investors. In fact, the solar farms they’ve funded generate enough electricity to power 250,000 homes (assuming the sun’s shining!).

    About Octopus:

  • Their Super Green Octopus Tariff offers 100% renewable electricity, together with full carbon offsets for gas.
  • They don’t charge exit fees to customers who want to leave and aim to offer clear, competitive pricing.
  • In addition to their investment in solar, they’ve also helped fund wind and anaerobic digestion plants (using the natural breakdown of organic waste to generate power).
  • They supply 100% renewable electricity to all of Arsenal Football Club’s facilities.

  • Note: While you can be sure that the energy you buy through Octopus tariffs listed on this site is matched by 100% renewable electricity, they do have other tariffs available elsewhere that are not 100% renewable. Renewables currently account for around two thirds of their overall electricity mix.

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    Here are just some of the reasons why we like to recommend Tonik

    100% clean

    • Solar 60%
    • Biofuels 40%

    Tonik Energy is on a mission to save you money. While they already offer one of the cheapest renewable energy fixed tariffs on the market their wider ambition is to halve their member’s energy bills by 2022.
    How? By harnessing technology. In their own words, “Our company is founded on the principle that smart technology can help you use energy more efficiently without sacrificing any of the comforts that make your house a home.”

    They have an impressive rating on online customer review site Trustpilot with comments including, ‘brilliant customer service’ and, ‘small company, massive respect!’.

    About Tonik:

  • They are one of the UK’s most affordable renewable energy providers.
  • They provide 100% renewable electricity as well as offering green gas and carbon offsetting for a small additional charge.
  • Their dedicated online customer portal called Tonik Space allows customers to view their balance in real time.
  • They pay 3% interest on their customer’s credit balance.
  • Their aim is to halve their member’s energy bills by 2022.
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