Five ways you can accelerate the energy revolution
As a consumer, you have more power than you think to drive Europe’s energy revolution.
Your choices in buying and using energy can make our power system cleaner, less reliant on imports and more efficient. That makes the planet healthier and our economy stronger.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Switch supplier. Choose an energy contract with a higher share of renewables. Stronger EU rules on energy guarantees help you be sure the power is green. Check out your local comparison and consumer organisation websites for the most eco-friendly deals.
- Only buy what you need. Energy-efficiency is a great way of cutting your carbon footprint. Put on a jumper when you’re cold, turn off appliances you aren’t using and think about insulating your home better or installing double glazing to save even more!
- Check the label. Of course, you don’t need a gadget for everything. But for most of us, there are a few essentials, such as fridges and washing machines. The EU energy label helps you choose a resource-efficient model, making a real difference to your energy bills.
- Install a smart meter. This handy tool lets you monitor energy use to avoid waste, giving estimated annual savings of up to 3 %. It also helps you use power when it is cheapest, which supports renewables by balancing demand with supply.
- Let the sunshine in. Why not produce your own energy from solar panels? It’s not as difficult as it sounds – and there’s plenty of advice available from consumer organisations and local authorities. You can stay on the grid for back-up, and even sell your excess energy.
For more information about sustainable energy trends, go to your local Energy Day in June. Held as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), these are a month-long series of activities across Europe to promote energy-efficiency and renewables. Discover Energy Days near you.
And learn about innovative energy projects making a difference for consumers, such as ‘Cooperative Energy’s User Chooser’, a 2015 EUSEW Award-winner, and Energies POSIT’IF, a finalist in 2015 and one of the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) projects.
Learn more about the consumer’s role in Europe’s energy transition at #EUSEW16 Policy Conference, including a session on 15 June at 09:00 (De Gasperi) on innovative financing for sustainable energy investments.
Energy transition and the Energy Union at europa.eu
The new deal for energy consumers at europa.eu
Consumer associations across Europe at beuc.eu