Glasgow is willing to pay the more than the rest of the UK to have a “truly green tariff”

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NOTTINGHAM has the UK’s highest take-up of green tariffs, with nearly half of households on an eco-friendly deal, according to new research.

According to the study by Uswitch.com, a third of all UK households currently have a green tariff, with Nottingham, Norwich, and London leading the way.

While only 15% of people in Belfast and a fifth in Southampton currently have a green energy deal

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Uswitch has now launched an independently verified accreditation scheme for green tariffs to make it easier for consumers to navigate between different tariffs classed as ‘green’.

The Uswitch study also found that residents in Glasgow would be willing to pay the most for a ‘truly green’ tariff, with people prepared to spend an extra £60 a year on their energy bills, £14.40 more than the UK average of £45.60

By contrast, people in Newcastle and Manchester would be willing to pay just £31.20 extra a year for a truly green, more environmentally friendly tariff.

The Uswitch Green Accreditation categorises tariffs into ‘bronze’, ‘silver’, and ‘gold’, splitting the tariffs up depending on the level of renewable energy suppliers directly buy and the level of investment they are making to support the growth of renewable energy. 

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Although Glasgow is willing to pay the most to be green, only 24% of households there are signed up to green tariffs.

Will Owen, an energy expert at Uswitch.com, said: “It’s obvious that households in the UK want to do their bit for the environment – a third have already taken out a green energy deal, with Nottingham leading the way. 

“It is easier than ever to switch to a green deal, and many of them are among the best value tariffs on the market — meaning you can save money on your energy bills, and do your bit for the environment at the same time.

“With our new Green Accreditation, where you can see which green tariffs are classed gold, silver and bronze for their environmental credentials, households should find it easier than ever before to make an informed choice.”