Energy Fuel Mix explained

Surely, you are interested to know where your food comes from and its impact on the environment. What about the energy you use?

What is the Energy Fuel mix?

The electricity we use in our homes is generated from different energy sources. These energy sources include coal, natural gas, renewable energy (wind, water and the sun) and nuclear energy. The Energy Fuel mix shows the ratio of different fuels or energy sources the energy suppliers use to generate your electricity. Since the Under The Electricity (Fuel Mix Disclosure) Regulations 2005, every UK energy supplier must publish the mix of fuels used to produce the electricity it supplies. With the Energy Fuel mix, you can see exactly where your electricity comes from.

Where can I find the Energy Fuel mix of my supplier?

The Energy Fuel mix must be published annually and notified to consumers via their bills and annual statements. You can also find information about the fuel mix of the UK energy suppliers on our suppliers’ pages.

Why do we need to know the Energy Fuel mix of our energy supplier?

Knowing the fuel mix of an energy supplier helps you understand the environmental impact of the electricity you use. The Energy Fuel mix varies a lot from an energy supplier to another. So, choosing an energy supplier has environmental implications. Renewable energy has limited carbon emissions. Therefore, if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, choose an energy supplier that uses a large ratio of renewable energy in its Energy Fuel mix.

Remember: even if the fuel mix of your energy supplier is different from your neighbours’ supplier, the electricity that comes of the socket of your home remains the same! All UK homes take their electricity directly from the National Grid so it is not possible to send one type of fuel to a home.

Source: Consumer Focus

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