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Can switching energy suppliers be a life changing experience?

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This is a sponsored post in association with Brighter World Energy.

Shopping around for an energy deal is, let’s face it, dull and very rarely life changing.  It’s something we put off and put off and so we sit on the same old tariff because it seems like too much hassle to switch suppliers.  I know this from first hand experience – we sat for years on the same old tariff because we couldn’t face the thought of switching.  When we did finally switch, although it wasn’t life changing, it wasn’t nearly as painful or as difficult as we had anticipated.

But what if switching energy suppliers could be a life changing experience?

There’s a new energy supplier on the block called Brighter World Energy, who are a refreshing alternative to the Big Six energy companies.

Instead of acquiring customers on cheap fixed tariffs and then revert them on to expensive standard tariffs a year later –a practice commonplace amongst the Big Six – Brighter World Energy charge a fair price all the time, consistently ensuring all customers are getting a good deal all of the time, not just the new customers.  At at time when 3 out of 5 people are being over charged for their energy this is very much a good thing.

I know what you’re thinking – this is well and good but hardly life changing stuff.  But there is more – right now there are 1.2 billion people around the world without access to electricity – 600 million of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.  Brighter World Energy hope to change that.  For every 2,000 customers that switch to Brighter World Energy, they will build a solar powered grid in a village in Africa, bringing clean and reliable electricity to families in villages for the very first time.

Providing power to villages means that, for example, health centres can be powered, enabling malaria and polio vaccines to be stored safely, meaning fewer children die of preventable diseases.  If that isn’t life changing then I don’t know what is.

Brighter World Energy are the first buy-to-give energy company but you won’t find Brighter World Energy on the price comparison sites.  These sites make their money by charging utility companies up to £70 for every customer that makes a switch.  Instead the savings from not being on the comparison sites goes directly to fund the solar grids.

Not being on the price comparison sites doesn’t mean they are not competitively priced – Brighter World Energy say that switching to their tariff can save the average household up to £200 a year when compared to the average standard variable tariff of the Big Six energy providers.

Once you sign up, you’ll be kept up to date online with images, case studies and videos live from the villages who are being helped with the solar grids, as well as receiving the annual impact report, so that customers can see the impact they have made.

You can get a quote for either gas, electricity or dual fuel via the Brighter World Energy website, where all you have to do is pop your postcode in and you’re given an estimated quote in seconds, or you can call them on 0800 028 2332.  So in minutes you can save money and change someone’s live for the better.  It’s not often you can change someone’s life from the comfort of your own sofa, it it?!

Ten Things

the first mess lentil dal recipe

Hello hello!  Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!  We’ve all had the leurgy of some kind or other this week in our house, so we had a quiet day yesterday (in the sun!), and for Mother’s Day today I am looking forward to a long lie, breakfast in bed and then cuddles and kisses from my two best girls.  Anything more strenuous than that and I’m not interested!

Here are 10 interesting things I’ve read over the last two weeks that you might like too:

1.  I made this one-pot vegan root vegetable dal for dinner on Tuesday night and it was SO SO good.  I’ve mentioned before that cooking is not my forte, but this was perfectly within my skill level.  This will be a dinner time staple in our house from now on, of that I am sure.

2.  Girls are missing school because they don’t have access to sanitary products.  In England.  In 2017.  Teachers at a school in Leeds contacted charity Freedom4Girls, whose main initiative was to send period products to young women in Africa, to ask for help.  In response, Freedom4Girls have expanded their reach to cover England.  To help you can donate to Freedom4Girls for their work in England and Africa, and/or remember you can donate unopened sanitary products to your local food banks for distribution to families in need.

A bill is about to go through the Scottish Parliament to make it a requirement for Scottish schools to provide free pads and tampons.  There is a petition you can sign for this to happen in England too.

3.  In interesting and heartening news, The Ganges and Yamuna rivers have now been designated as “living human entities” to help stop the pollution of these highly polluted waters.  Polluting the rivers will now in court amount to the same as harming a human being.

4.  Has this dress been to more countries than you?  Just to add a bit more difficultly to clothes shopping when a clothes label says “Made in Morocco”, this is where the garment was finally sewn together.  Before it arrived in Morocco it could have already been to several other countries, including China, Egypt and Spain. Nothing is ever easy!

5.  “Political activism can be measured in several ways: by the number of signatories on a petition, demonstrators at a protest or donations to an organization.  Or, in some cases, the sale of art supplies“.

6.  I love this instagram account – the images are always so relaxing!  My instagram is here if you want a peek.

7.  We are obsessed with The House That £100K Built.  In last week’s episode a couple built a family home for just £50K, and kitted it out with things they found on Gumtree.

8.  Thanks so much for all of your lovely responses to this post.  I have loved every single one of them.

9. Captain Planet – the 90s cartoon – is being released digitally to coincide with Earth Day.  Did you watch it first time around?  I watched a couple of episodes of it as a kid and was not a fan.  To save you the pain of watching this well meaning but utterly unbearable cartoon, you can read this synopsis.  Quote that sums it up best? “Captain Planet was useless. His entire modus operandi was to rid the world of pollution, but his only known weakness was – you have guessed it – pollution. What sort of messed-up situation is that? He’s scuppered at every turn. It is like putting Superman to work exclusively as a kryptonite distributor“.

10.  And lastly, a simple way to think about waste, via Plan C:

waste and the circular economy

 

And three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

How to store spring onions 

Make your own cotton wool pads

How to have an eco friendly period

Enjoy your Sunday!  And remember the clocks changed last night!