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Sustainable stories: ideas, actions and inspiration

By Ray Mills-Morrow Wednesday 14 October 2015

Here at OVO, sustainability has always been a core value. But in the past 12 months, we’ve been working hard to up the ante. We’ve put our money where our mouth is when it comes to renewable electricity – all our plans are at least 33% renewable electricity. We’ve been taking action closer to home too, going meatless on Mondays and spring greening our new HQ. And we’ve been busy creating lots of guides and tips to help our customers do their bit too. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite sustainability stories from 2014/15.

 

OVO sustainability news

 

 

I Dig Trees

Did you know that OVO will help to improve over 2000 green spaces across the UK? Thanks to our lovely Greener Energy plan customers, over 157,000 trees will find new homes. 

 

What’s the future of sustainable leadership?

We were incredibly proud to be invited to speak at a recent conference on the future of sustainable leaders. Our Head of Sustainability, Justin Dekoszmovszky, joined the likes of Sue Garrard of Unilever and Craig Bennett, the CEO of Friends of the Earth to discuss sustainability leadership the world over – and our position on mainstream green.

 

How we cut our consumption by 30% in 3 months

When we moved to our new HQ, it was time to walk the talk, and really get to grips with our energy consumption. Learn how we did it and get inspired to make big savings at home – or work.

 

33% renewables: doubling down on the future of energy

Our biggest sustainability story of 2015 has to be our new fuel mix. To help all our customers reduce their carbon footprint, we’ve doubled the amount of renewable electricity in our plans. Without charging anyone a penny more. It’s at the heart of our mainstream green philosophy – and we hope other energy companies will be inspired to do the same.

 

Mmmmmmm Meatless Mondays

Since March, every Monday has seen our cafeterias serve a range of delicious vegetarian dishes – no meat allowed! See the thinking and try our favourite butternut squash and black bean curry recipe on the blog.

 

Taking sustainability home

 

 

Reusable vs. disposable nappies: which is better for the environment?

Did you know that the average newborn goes through 6-12 nappies a day? No? Neither did we. Rachel England takes a closer look at the environmental impact of disposable and reusable nappies, and you might be surprised what she found out.

 

Ten ways to reduce waste at home

From borrowing your neighbour’s tools, to buying your veg free range – well, without the bag, anyway – here are our top tips for reducing waste. Because less in the bin means less in landfill.

 

How to: save energy in the kitchen

Even the savviest of cooks can make some small changes to reduce their energy consumption. Here’s our expert guide to energy lean cooking – from picking pans to keeping hobs spick and span, you might be surprised at the savings you can make.

 

Tech talk

 

 

10 of our favourite free energy efficiency apps

We love a good app here at OVO HQ. We’ve developed our own to help you take control of your energy account online. But there’s so much more out there to help you reduce your energy use.

 

The ultimate beginner's guide to solar panels

Solar panels have been a hot topic for the past few years – so we take a look at the pros and cons in this handy article. Get to grips with how they work, what grants are available and whether they’re really worthwhile in environmental terms.

 

Power hungry appliances revealed

Just what’s an energy guzzler around your home? Is it the lights? The TV? The tumbler? Or something else. We take a look at which appliances are the big offenders – and how you can be more efficient.

 

More sustainable stuff

 

 

Our top eco-friendly celebs

Seriously? Yes. Of course we love celeb gossip. Especially when famous types are using their profiles to shine a light on issues that really matter. From PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian to environmental rappers, meet our green heroes.

 

How to save energy in an office

There are lots of ways to save energy in the office, which is good news for the environment and the bottom line. From measurability to HVAC (say what?), Cloud storage to Green Champions, here’s OVO’s overview for business-like sustainability.

 

The big issues

 

 

Pandora’s coal mine: trillions-worth of fossil fuels must stay buried

Justin DeKoszmovszky, OVO’s Head of Sustainability asks: “If I could dig up a treasure today but I also knew that digging it up would cause suffering in the future; would I have the fortitude not to reach for my shovel?”

 

OVO’s fuel mix challenge: out with the coal, in with the renewable

Coal was an important part of the UK’s history, but it has very little place in our future. OVO is consistently increasing the amount of renewable power that we buy which directly reduces the amount coal-generated power we sell.

 

Power to be proud of

So that’s our top sustainable moments over the past year. We hope 2016 will bring more green good news – watch this space. Meanwhile, if you’d like to know more about where we get our electricity from, why not take a look at this infographic.

 

And if you’d like to do more personally, consider a switch to our 100% renewable electricity Greener Energy plan. It costs just a few more £s a month, and supports our exciting new initiative,  I Dig Trees.

 

Get a quote and switch today.


 

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