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You can reduce your environmental impact by choosing a green energy plan. Here’s how renewable energy in Ireland works and how to switch to a greener tariff.
More and more of us are looking for ways we can reduce our carbon footprint, and a good way to do this is to change over to a renewable energy supplier or tariff.
The 2020 SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) report shows that 33.2% of electricity generated in Ireland is from renewable sources - with a national target of 40% by the end of 2020.
Overall renewable energy supply in Ireland was 11% of gross final consumption, with an EU target of 16% due by the end of 2020.
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) requires that energy suppliers disclose the sources they use to generate their energy each year.
The latest CRU report Fuel Mix Disclosure 2019 reveals there are currently five energy suppliers in Ireland offering 100% renewable energy. These are:
|Supplier||% green energy|
Six suppliers produce a percentage of renewable energy.
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|Bord Gáis Energy||31.1%|
If you wish to change to a renewable or green energy tariff, it’s easy to do. We help with the switch so saving on your energy bills is easy and straightforward, simply:
If you’d like to find out more about changing supplier, check out how to switch your gas and electricity and see our step by step guide.
If you are already with a renewable energy supplier but want to cut down your energy use to reduce your environmental impact further, there are other measures you can take.
Aside from switching to a green tariff, the next best way to help the environment is to reduce your energy consumption. Our top energy saving tips guide is full of helpful ideas to help you conserve energy in the home.
You can also get grants to make home improvements and make your home more energy-efficient although these will often cost you more money upfront.
No, not necessarily. In the past, renewable energy tariffs were more expensive, but things have changed due to more suppliers promoting their green credentials and better infrastructure in place. You can still make a huge saving on your energy bills if you switch from a standard tariff to a renewable energy plan.
Renewable energy comes from sources that are constantly replenished naturally or by a process. These sources of energy include solar energy, wind energy, hydro power and geothermal energy.
Renewable sources are often called green energy and clean energy, but there are differences.
Renewables are those that are recyclable, clean energy means they do not release pollutants like carbon dioxide, and green energy is defined as those which come from natural sources.
Sustainable energy describes energy that is generated from an energy source that will never deplete, like solar, wind and tidal power.