January 16, 2012

Ovo Energy Gives Customers a Rainforest Incentive

Ovo Energy is protecting a whopping 70,000 acres of rainforest with Cool Earth. As part of Big Energy Week, Ovo offers bill cutting tips and explains how it’s customers are joining the fight against climate change.

Each and every Ovo Energy customer is locking in more CO2 than they’re putting out into the atmosphere through their energy use. Really? Yes, because for every new customer Ovo protects an acre of endangered rainforest. Each acre locks in 260 tonnes of CO2. Their total to date is a maginificent 70,000 acres saved with Cool Earth.

At the start of Citizens Advice, Big Energy Week 2012, Lisa Hancox, Head of Communications at Ovo Energy explains why protecting rainforest makes sense, “protecting rainforest is one of the best ways to prevent the release of CO2. Knowing that we and our customers have protected 70,000 acres of rainforest with Cool Earth is a cause for celebration ­- but there’s more to do and so we look forward to adding more acres as we grow and welcome new customers to Ovo.” 

If you live in the UK and would like to sign up to one of Ovo’s two tariffs, which includes a, Green Energy 100% renewable electricity option you can get started right here.

And here’s some more good sense from Ovo. A few golden energy saving tips that can help you cut your bill and take care of our environment.

Energy Saving Tips


The average home in the UK could save around £280 and 1.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by being more energy efficient. In an uninsulated house:

26% of heat is lost through the roof
33% is lost through the walls
18% is lost through the windows
11% is lost through the floor and the door
12% is lost due to draughts and essential ventilation


Cavity wall insulation is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures you can take in the home. It can save you around £115 each year on your heating bill.

There are a number of grants and offers available to help people install certain energy saving measures in their homes. To find out more about what’s available and whether you’re eligible visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk or contact your local authority. 


The older your boiler is, the more inefficient it is likely to be. If it is 15 years or older, you should definitely think about changing it. On average, heating and hot water account for around 60% of the average fuel bill and, unless your home is newly built, your heating system is unlikely to be running as efficiently as it could.


You can reduce your heating bills by up to a quarter by replacing an old G-rated boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler and a full set of heating controls. 

Hot water pipes lose heat between the boiler and hot water tank, so insulate them wherever you can see them. Insulating your visible hot water pipes can save around £10 a year on your fuel bills.

Reducing your heating thermostat by 1°C when you are too warm can cut up to 10% off your heating costs. For a gas-heated, three-bed semi-detached property, this could work out at a saving of around £55 a year!

The thermostat on your hot water tank should be set to 60° C or 140° F – it is not necessary to set it higher than this. The facts:


We use £2 billion worth of electricity, by using washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. This produces around eight million tonnes of CO2 each year – that’s the same as the carbon dioxide emissions from about 2.5 million cars.


Washing clothes at 30° C instead of higher temperatures uses around 40% less electricity (saving you around £10 a year) Modern washing powders and detergents work just as effectively at lower temperatures so unless you have very dirty washing, bear this in mind. 

Try drying your clothes outside during the summer months. You can save on average £15 a year on your electricity bill and 65kg of CO2 by drying clothes outside on a line instead of using the tumble dryer during the summer months. 


On average, UK households waste around £33 each year by leaving appliances on standby. Across the UK the electricity wasted is as much as the annual output of two 700MW power stations.The solutions:


If everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to run the UK’s street lighting for nearly seven months.
Remember to turn appliances off at the wall instead of leaving them on standby.

For more energy saving advice and information about Ovo Energy go to: http://www.ovoenergy.com/savingenergy




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