Clever savings with green gas
While green electricity is part of everyday life in many households, eco-gas is still a niche existence as a sustainable energy supply. Not only the environment but also the wallet can be conserved with environmentally friendly biogas and climate tariffs.
What is eco-gas?
With a view to a sustainable gas supply, consumers have the choice between two variants. In the biogas products offered, regionally produced biomethane is added to conventional natural gas. The customary admixture quotas are often between five and ten percent, with some products even up to 100 percent possible. This is not the case with the so-called "climate tariffs". Here, the gas supplier pays the moderate surcharge that end customers pay over conventional gas products in CO 2 mitigating climate projects. These measures are intended to offset the carbon dioxide produced by the combustion of natural gas.
Why is eco-gas barely present in people's minds so far?
Experts observe that the gas market always lags behind the electricity market a few years ago. If private consumers have been able to freely choose their electricity provider since 1998, the change of gas supplier has only been possible since 2006. In addition, the first national biogas tariff was only offered in autumn 2007. Many energy providers have initially focused on developing suitable green electricity tariffs for the market and have only followed suit with biogas and climate tariffs in recent years.
In contrast to eco-electricity, the topic of eco-gas is hardly ever present in the media. Accordingly, in the past, only a fraction of consumers have searched for these special gas tariffs: for the companies a manageable trend, to which many respond only hesitantly.
Who can switch to green gas?
Basically, every household with its own gas meter change provider if he is in direct contractual relationship with a gas supplier. This also applies to the change to biogas and climate tariffs. In Germany, around 10 million households can benefit from this regulation.
How much choice do I have when switching to green gas?
Until just a few years ago, the market for green gas was still in its infancy. To date, however, the selection of biogas and climate tariffs has increased rapidly. Even if consumers had the choice between an average of ten providers with corresponding tariffs five years ago, in many places today the selection has grown to more than 40 companies. Numerous classic municipal utilities, supraregional gas distribution companies and pure suppliers of eco-gas vie for the favor of customers. Since, in contrast to green electricity, there are hardly any comparable quality seals so far, consumers should check with the supplier exactly about the origin of the gas and the measures for CO 2 reduction.
How much money can I get from changing to Save green gas?
The savings potential when switching to green gas depends on the consumption, the place of residence, the tariff of the previous supplier and the desired delivery method. Depending on the individual situation and need, the gas costs are subject to strong fluctuations. For example, a family of four in Berlin, with an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours of gas, can save more than 400 euros per year if they switch from basic local supply to a favorable climate tariff.
For a single from Hamburg with an annual consumption of 5,000 kilowatt hours of gas Only 60 Euro savings possible when switching from the cheapest rate of the local supplier to a cheap biogas tariff. A comparison of different providers but always worth it! As a rule, depending on the desired tariff type, between ten and 20 percent savings are available to the local public utility.
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