Energy

In this section we look at some of the complex issues in the Energy industry, from the murky world of carbon offsetting to fracking. 

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Issues

We need to urgently address our energy future to avoid the worst effects of climate change. We unravel the complexities of the energy industry, & shine a spotlight on the companies responsible for warming the planet. 

The Renewable Revolution

Home energy is an area where ethical consumers can play a hugely important role - cutting their own energy use, helping to promote renewables and affordable energy for all, and supporting the companies and technologies that are aiding the process.

Product guides

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Batteries

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 7 rechargeable and non-rechargeable battery brands.

We also look at the use of conflict minerals, recycling old batteries and give our Best Buys and recommended buys.

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Gas & Electricity

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 20 gas and electricity tariffs.

We also look at what fuels the electricity comes from, green tariffs, renewable generation, energy prices, which companies back fracking, biogas and give our recommended buys.

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Gas Boilers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 11 gas boiler brands.

We also look at energy efficiency and the EU Energy Label and give our recommended buys.

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Heat Pumps

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 11 ground source and air source heat pump brands.

We also look at the use of global warming refrigerant gases and give our Best Buys and recommended buys.

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Light Bulbs

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 16 light bulb brands.

We also look at energy efficiency, LEDs vs CFLs vs halogens and we give our recommended buys.

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Solar PV Panels

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 solar panels.

We also look at feed-in tariffs, conflict minerals, top tips to help you choose, a home owner's experience and we give our recommended buys.

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