Bristol's best place for green electricity, says power firm
BRISTOL is the greenest city in the country when it comes to environmentally-friendly electricity.
Good Energy, a sponsor of Bristol's upcoming Big Green Week, has revealed the city is tops for small-scale renewable production.
The energy provider supports 35,000 households, small business and communities across the country who generate their own electricity, mostly through solar panels.
Almost 3,000 of those energy generators are based in Bristol, the highest of any postcode in the country.
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Juliet Davenport, chief executive and founder of Good Energy, said: "Based on our own data, Bristol is the microgeneration capital of the UK, with over 3,000 homes and businesses generating their own clean, green electricity supported by Good Energy. We believe Bristol is one of the UK's greenest cities and is the ideal choice to host the UK's first Big Green Week."
The Big Green Week takes place with a number of events and attractions in the city centre, from June 9-17.
Simon Pyne, who grew up in the city, is renovating his family home in north-west Bristol with cavity wall and loft insulation, plus a host of other energy efficiency measures.
Since installing solar panels he has seen a decrease in bills as the family learn to make the most of free electricity during daylight hours.
Mr Pyne said: "We wanted to reduce our bills, and to make our home greener. Not only is it better for the environment and cheaper to run, it has made the house more comfortable for my family."
Paul Rainger, head of Big Green Week, said: "Bristol is an incredible place. Whether it's grassroots environmentalism, or robust political leadership, Bristol's brand of sustainability is unlike any other. Bristolians get it.
"They understand that being green doesn't have to be boring, expensive, or impractical. This is why so many choose to go to Good Energy and why Big Green Week couldn't happen anywhere else. We are over the moon at having Good Energy as a major sponsor because they live and breathe the fun, easy and inspirational sustainability that lies at our core."
Ms Davenport will be speaking at various events as part of Big Green Week, exploring sustainable business and consumption.
She added: "Valuing our natural resources more, using them less and finding new, greener ways of living is challenging but rewarding. Big Green Week is all about positive change, together transforming how we live."
Tickets for Big Green Week are on sale now from www.biggreenweek.com. You can find more information by searching 'Big Green Week' on Facebook or Twitter.