From the climate crisis to the plastic in our oceans, the need for us to live more sustainably is increasingly urgent.
In the UK, a growing awareness has led to consumers and businesses prioritising sustainability and an environmental lifestyle.
Support for renewable energy in particular is high in the UK, with 82% of people saying that they support renewable energy. This support isn’t surprising. 2019 was the year when the UK reached a major milestone, with zero-carbon electricity overtaking the supply of electricity from fossil fuels for the first time.
Meanwhile, at the end of last year, around 20% of Brits said they would be making environmentally friendly New Year’s resolutions, according to our research. Those resolutions included plans to change the way they travel, from a quarter of the respondents, while others said they would like to make sustainable energy choices and eat less meat.
Efforts by UK businesses to improve their sustainability are also encouraging. Most UK businesses feel they have a role to play in helping to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, according to HSBC’s Navigator report. What’s more, a third of UK firms expect to boost their investment in technology, infrastructure and innovation in the next five years to improve their sustainability.
Sustainability matters – that’s why, since last year, we’re continuing to provide all our residential customers’ homes across Britain with electricity backed by 100% renewable sources as standard1. And we’ve recently extended this offer to eligible small business customers when they renew or agree a new supply contract directly with us2.
Our commitment to sustainability has led to us receiving the award for ‘Best green services’ in the latest Uswitch Energy Awards in the larger supplier category. And we were named ‘Best value for money’ of the larger suppliers too, proving that sustainability needn’t cost the earth.
As we all make efforts to become kinder to the planet, we’ve got plenty of tips for you to make your home more sustainable. One quick and easy way is to get a smart meter. It lets you set budgets and compare your energy use across the week so that you can stay in control. We also offer smart thermostats and solar and battery technology so you can better manage your energy use and even generate your own electricity.
1. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to homes and businesses comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable.
2. Eligible customers include SMEs who are fed by a non-half hourly meter agreeing a Fixed Business Plan directly with E.ON. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to homes and businesses comes from the National Grid.
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