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When moving into our first home, my colleague insisted I try Bulb, calling it the ‘Monzo of energy suppliers’. That hooked me instantly.
I’ve been with Bulb since January 2019 and have loved it from the moment we signed up. So, below is my honest, non-sponsored review.
What is Bulb?
Bulb is an energy supplier that uses 100% renewable energy to power your home.
They do this by putting a renewable electricity unit on the grid for every unit you use. For gas, they support carbon reduction projects around the world to offset the gas emissions supplied.
All of the above is accredited and verified. You can find out more here.
How much does it cost?
Bulb is around £96 cheaper than Big Six standard deals and £76 below the ’Default’ energy price cap, which limits the annual energy cost for direct debit users.
Bulb has one Vari-Fair tariff that varies by location. You can check the current tariff for your area here.
The downside of the tariff is that it can change in price, in both directions. In two years, our electricity-only tariff has increased twice. For full transparency here is how it’s changed for us:
|January 2019 (signed up)||First price change||Second price change|
|12.94 p/kWh||13.58 p/kWh||14.25 p/kWh|
|19.47 Standing Charge||19.58 Standing Charge||20.87 Standing Charge|
They let you know about the change 30 days before and if you do want to leave, they don’t charge any exit fees, meaning it won’t cost you to switch.
I recently used a few comparison sites to check whether we could find anywhere cheaper, and there really isn’t anything comparable. A few said I could save around £30 a year, but one of the major pulls for me is the usability of the app and the 100% renewable energy.
Bulb is really easy to set up, switch and use. You answer a few questions and they’ll give you a quote. If you choose to switch, they’ll handle it all for you and refund up to £60 for any exit fees from your previous supplier.
Once you’re signed up, you control everything from within the app. You can check your daily, weekly or monthly usage, update your monthly payment and download your statements.
On a few occasions, we’ve reduced our monthly payments and it honestly took a few seconds. It even has a little torch setting if you’re manually taking your readings in a dingy cupboard!
Bulb is the only energy supplier I’ve been with, so I don’t know how the app compares to others, but I still think it’s wonderful.
How green is Bulb?
Bulb supplies 100% renewable electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro.
For gas, Bulb offers 10% green gas produced from renewable sources like food and farm waste. However, their gas is 100% carbon neutral, meaning they offset the emissions by supporting carbon reduction projects around the world.
They also offer a tool for you to calculate your carbon footprint and how much it’d cost to offset it monthly. Then, you can choose to fund projects to cut carbon emissions in the atmosphere by the same amount.
If you want to switch to Bulb, you can sign up using my referral link and we’ll both get £50 added to our account which you can withdraw if you choose.