Thursday, 30 June 2016

Manchester Turned On By Renewable Energy

Study shows Manchester residents are among the UK’s strongest supporters of renewables

[22 June 2016] A national YouGov survey of 2,029 GB adults commissioned by Bulb – the UK’s first low-cost renewable energy supplier – has revealed that 71% of people who live in and around Manchester think renewable energy is something we should be supporting more.

The survey discovered that over a quarter (29%) of people in the region have switched their energy provider once in the past five years – above the national average of 24%. What’s more, 67% of respondents went on to say they would switch to solely renewable energy if it were cheaper than their
existing tariff.

The survey suggested that customers find the tariffs and deals available from their current supplier to be over complicated with 19% of people confirming they don’t understand the information on their energy bills.

Hayden Wood, co-founder of Bulb, commented:

“It’s hugely exciting to see an influential city such as Manchester at the top of the table and showing its support for renewable energy. For years energy suppliers have failed the consumer by complicating the industry. In doing so they have deterred consumers from switching,
consumer to save money.”

Bulb keeps things simple for its members by offering one tariff for electricity and gas that is, on average, 22% cheaper than the Big Six - that’s about £240 per year for a typical home.

Wood added:

“The reality is less than 1% of people currently choose to get their energy from 100% renewable suppliers. We created Bulb to give consumers a choice of energy they haven’t had before; fast, reliable, affordable and of course renewable,''

To switch to Bulb in three minutes, simply go to and enter your details. Bulb will take care of the rest.


All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2029 adults, of which 96 said the closest city they lived to was Manchester. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4-5 May 2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).


Bulb is one of only three 100 percent renewable electricity companies in the UK, alongside Ecotricity and Good Energy. Although rates depend on the area of the UK (due to costs of distribution and proximity to production sites), Bulb is on average £240 cheaper per home per year. Bulb is also rated the #1 supplier of electricity and gas on the independent review website Trustpilot. Bulb’s electricity is independently sourced from four hydroelectric power stations across Wales and Scotland.

Notes on data

1. The average energy bill in the UK is measured according to the Ofgem Typical Consumption Values 2015 available here:
2. According to publically available data for 2015 the combined customers of the other 100% renewable electricity suppliers in the market, Ecotricity and Good Energy, are 150,000 and 68,000. The most recently available data from Ofgem states there are 29.3 million domestic energy customers of which 21.9 million are dual fuel customers. updates/infographic-energy-network


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