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Fully Charged Show – Generating Positive Energy

This week we are lockdown due to Covid restrictions. Home educating, whilst remote working from home is fun BUT we are trying to find new ways to inspire the kids. We stumbled across this great video from The Fully Charged Show on Youtube. I must admit it got me quite emotional!

The future isn’t as clear cut as we had envisaged in early 2000.  It’s all a little less certain. I have always worried about the planet. I try to play my part but is it enough?  Watching this video has given me hope! I think the pandemic has fast-forwarded lots of ideas on remote working, the use of technology in commerce also how as individuals we think about consuming energy.

After watching a few more of these great little videos we have decided that we would all like to go to the Fully Charged Live event in June 2021. We have considerably changed our perception and use of energy since switching to Octopus Energy. We are far more engaged and concerned about where our energy comes from. I think this event will be a great learning experience for all of us! It’s the kid’s future too so they quite rightly should come along.  Fingers crossed for mid-June 2021!! Good luck Fully Charged Show, power, and good luck to you all.

Project 1 – Design a poster on the benefits of owning an Electric Vehicle.

octopus evTrying to make every learning opportunity matter I tasked my daughter with producing a poster.

  • Why do we need an electric car?
  • What are the benefits of an electric car?

We went through all the benefits after doing some online research she was let loose on mummy’s laptop.

It wasn’t quite the answer I thought she would come up but I think if we can reduce the pollution going to grandma’s at least there would be SOME health benefits.:-0

It’s a fantastic time to get kids to think about how we use energy whilst everyone is stuck at home.  Good effort little one! 10/10 

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Look after nature and look after each other.

At the start of the first lockdown, I was quietly convinced that life, as we know it, would change beyond all expectations.  I didn’t bulk buy toilet rolls or raid supermarket shelves instead I bought every solar gadget you could imagine just in case the national grid went down. I think maybe my love of post-apocalyptic fiction took hold and I went way beyond what was necessary.

SWITCH TO OCTOPUS ENERGYI didn’t stop at just buying items for myself. I sent my mother who is in her late 60’s a solar charger for her phone, a backup solar battery pack, a solar radio, solar lanterns, and a camping stove. All accompanied by several voice messages on how she had to get ready and charge them all NOW. The reality is she struggles to operate the tv control at the best of times and maybe planning for the end of days courtesy of amazon prime was a step too far.

Thankfully it didn’t take me too long to realise that my prep was a slight overreaction. Despite restrictions, we plodded on with energy flowing to our homes as before.

Try not to panic

octopus switchReflecting on the first lockdown nature came out on top. We saw animals and birds simply flourishing as never before.

We are now back in our third national lockdown. Our three young children are all at home trying to get to grips with their online homework and I am starting to get that daja vu feeling that I need to prepare. (I just have that mindset where I need to plan for the future.)  I know the national grid isn’t going to collapse. I know we have a vaccine on its way and that we just have to hang on but I have started to overthink.

My panic buying of solar chargers still makes my husband laugh.   In retrospect they weren’t needed however,  my friend had a wonderful camping weekend with my surplus supply of solar lanterns and camping stoves and my mum still hasn’t quite worked out

benefits green octopus energyhow to charge her phone in the car let alone via the sun. The issue I now have is that maybe my instinct to grab solar gadgets as a lifeline wasn’t far off the mark.

Nature and green energy

Nature blossomed in 2020. I recently read Back to Nature: How to Love Life – and Save it by Christ Packham and his daughter Megan McCubbin.  Nature did very well thanks to people being locked away. Now locked away again for the third time and working at home I take comfort from the fact I can heat and power my home using green energy thanks to Octopus Energy. I haven’t YET got solar panels but they are on my list along with an electric car.  It’s ambitious compared to my Amazon lockdown purchase of a solar radio but I do think it has to be the way to go.

As a family, we can do our bit. I don’t eat meat. We compost our food and I am planning some homegrown vegetables for the summer.  I cycle when I can instead of using the car and do weekly beach cleans. We are signed to green energy with Octopus Energy and we trust them to make sure any energy we use is replaced with renewable energy into the national grid.


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Octopus Energy fills me with hope for the future.  A bold statement about a utility company I accept but if the first lockdown taught us anything it is that nature carries on regardless.  The sun will keep shining, the wind will keep blowing and the world will keep spinning. We are hooked on tech. My kids are quietly getting on with schooling right now thanks to it. We have all adapted in order to protect ourselves and now we must do the same to protect the planet!!

Octopus Energy – Go Green.

Octopus Energy loves tech!! They encompass the term digital disrupters. They use technology to reimagine how we produce and consume energy. They want to enable customers to change their usage habits overtime to make the national grid greener and more efficient. As a customer, I feel like I am flying on their coattails. I hope in my own small way I am enabling them to move forward and invest in even more ideas and projects. We have shown we known how to adapt to try and protect each other now we need urgently to do the same for the planet.

Keep safe – Sarah x

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Just for fun (geek moment)

For those who watch Fear the walking dead Greg Jackson, the CEO of Octopus Energy reminds me of the passion and commitment you see in Morgan.

Morgan, “As impossible as all this seems we can do this.” (Thanks Greg)

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How can I get a free cuddly Octopus from Octopus Energy?

octopus energy cashbackOnce you have signed up to Octopus Energy if you want to get your hands on a free cuddly Octopus they will send you one in the post, although it can take a few weeks depending on stock. Her name is Constantine. (I am not joking)

Borrow a free thermal imaging camera from Octopus Energy.

If you would like to borrow a thermal imaging camera Octopus Energy will send you one in the post. You can find out where the heat is escaping from your home or workplace.  Request one here.

Spin to win.

Also, don’t forget you get a chance to win a cash prize when you enter your meter reading with “spin to win.” 


The Green Friday prize draw to win a funky green electric VW Beatle has now ended but keep an eye on their social media for more competitions. (The big competitions usually appear in your Octopus Energy dashboard)

Refer a friend.

Once you have chosen to switch to Octopus Energy as a new customer using a referral link, you’ll be given £50 credit on your first bill and your own personal referral code to share with friends and families. For every person that switches with your code, you both get £50 credited towards your next bill. It takes just two minutes to switch and your code is effective immediately. (I would be delighted if you use mine to get you started, thank you!)

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Octopus Energy: Smart Meter SMETS2smart meter installation

According to a tweet by Octopus Energy’s CEO Greg Jackson SMETS2 meters have arrived 

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What’s that – a crate of SMETS2 meters destined for @octopus_energy customers?! (in the South – North not quite ready yet, and it’ll take a couple of weeks to get in swing – but great to see them!) Thanks to Landis & Gyr for pulling out the stops…

The CEO, in his March tweet, goes onto say that testing is still ongoing but they will be starting to roll out in several weeks. Customers quickly replied asking if the SMETS1 metres would be upgraded too. It seems that an upgrade will not be needed once updates have been made to the system as there will be little difference between the two.

For all of those waiting for Octopus Energy smart meter installation, I am sure they will be delighted as to take advantage of Octopus’ more techie tariffs such as Octopus Go, (which is intended for electric vehicle owners) and Octopus Agile (which tracks electricity prices) a smart meter is needed.  You don’t, however, need a smart meter to switch to Octopus Energy. I am currently on the Super Green tariff and don’t have a smart meter. I will only need one if I switch to the Agile.

If you’re thinking of switching to Octopus should you do it without a smart meter?

I would say it is but you should be aware you will have to wait for installation.  The smart meters are free as is installation but they are prioritising installations. So you will get one but the question is when.  I believe their website states they have currently paused installation.

  • If you simply want to go green and get renewable energy you don’t need a smart meter. If you would like one any way you can request one and will be added to a general waiting list.
  • For electric vehicle owners who specifically want Octopus Go (which is a very attractive 5p per kWh during specific periods) while you wait for a smart meter to be installed, you are going to have to wait on a tariff priced higher than Octopus GO. So it depends on the deal you have now.
  • For those who want to switch to the Octopus Agile, it’s a similar story. You need to weigh up what’s best for you in the short term while the installations roll out.

I am on Octopus Energy’s Super Green tariff and am happy to wait for a smart meter. It, however, depends on your reasons for switching.

smart meter installation ukIf you want to switch Octopus Energy as you have an electric vehicle and really need the smart meter to get the GO or Agile tariffs as I understand it they will prioritise.  Just be aware you may have a delay.  Greg, the CEO is very approachable and responsive on Twitter and email.  If your offered a SMETS1 don’t panic, as I understand it, they will link to the DCC too, the same as the SMET2.


The smart grid will be critical for our society to move to greener energy affordably. Unlike other energy companies who rent systems from third parties, or who have legacy systems which they’ve failed to update, Octopus has engineered a completely new system over the last couple of years which is designed specifically to deliver the smart grid.

So at the moment, Octopus Energy is ahead of the curve. They have the tariffs to bring an even cheaper greener experience to customers with Electric Vehicles.  The meter installations just need to catch up.  Octopus Energy realises that the key is to reward customers for using energy when there is less demand on the national grid.  Spreading the demand makes it greener but the smart meters, which Octopus aren’t fully in control of, are holding them back a little.OCTOPUS ENERGY SMART METER INSTALLATION


The government has now agreed that the SMETS1 meters can be updated so they can use the same system, called the DCC, which enables your smart meter to stay smart if you switch to another supplier. (SMETS is an acronym for Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications) Previously only SMETS2 meters could be connected.

Who are the DCC?

The DCC (Data Communications Company) is an independent platform which shares data.  It centralises your smart metering communications by sending and receiving information from your smart meter to your energy supplier, energy network operators and energy service companies. It is regulated by Ofgem and is paid for by consumers through the energy industry. All energy companies in the UK have to link their new smart meters to this network. The government wants all households to be connected by  the end of 2020.  This will allow customers to switch energy suppliers while retaining their smart meter.  The key to this is the DCC, the energy companies don’t own the DCC network they simply link to it. If you choose a new supplier you switch and your smart meter just stays connected through the same system, the DCC. 

Do I need a SMETS1 or SMETS2 smart meter?

So without getting too technical if you are offered a SMETS1 it will work just fine too.  It can now be linked to the DCC just like the SMETS2 smart meters. The SMETS2 are still taking much longer to get out due to technical issues linking the meters with the network and I believe Octopus have paused installing them for now until this is resolved.  (If you’d like a full explanation please read Greg’s blog post)

A big thanks to CEO, Greg Jackson for the tweets and the latest blog post which as always aims to keep all customers fully informed. I


SMETS2 are rolling out but there is still delay.  This is across all providers as far as I can tell in my area.   Greg as always is very active on twitter keeping customers up to speed.

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My customer review = Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!

octopus energy cashbackApart from being the Which? highest-ranking energy supplier for 2020, providing 100% green energy and embracing technology Octopus energy do not treat customers like fools.  Octopus energy encourages those who love tech to reimagine and engage with them in order to make their energy supply even greener.  They provide support online via social media links (which I love) and keep customers fully informed of developments within their company. As if that’s not enough they are also, in my opinion, a highly ethical company and an inspiration for a greener future!

We are in a global pandemic and how companies treat their staff speaks volumes! I have seen both the good and bad over the last few weeks and was delighted to read Octopus Energy’s latest blog on their Covid-19 challenges.



Since Monday 23rd March, the Octopus office-based team has moved entirely to working from home.

Octopus has established OctoKids and OctoTV to help parents balance work with looking after their kids. Some teams have set up buddy systems, making sure no one working from home ever feels isolated or lonely.

Octopus Energy maintains full pay for everyone we employ directly. Where people can’t work, we may use the government’s furlough scheme and top salaries up to 100%.

Octopus gives employees access to company resources (like vans and computers) so they can assist in NHS and other volunteering programs.

For engineers who need to go to people’s homes, Octopus Energy are providing special training and equipment in the wake of Coronavirus as well. They are expected to upgrade from protective coveralls and face masks to full Hazmat suits as of March 30th where they’re necessary.


Octopus Energy’s phone answer times and email response times have been fairly good. Overall service levels have been about the same as pre-Covid-19 and are expected to keep improving!

Now, this is where it becomes interesting. I was trying to summaries Greg Jackson, the CEO of Octopus Energy’s comments about how he is trying to help customers but I just can’t. I am usually good at skipping through people’s waffle and finding the hidden meaning BUT there isn’t one!! It is an open and honest response just as I have come to expect from their CEO.

Well done on being so upfront and for doing so much! I wouldn’t expect anything less!!! It’s very odd how as a family we feel we know you Mr Jackson!! I couldn’t say that about any other provider for any home service we’ve been with. Stay safe!! This is the reason I stick with you! Stay safe!! 


How working from home impacts customer bills.

Our data scientists have done some initial analysis using smart meter data and found that a typical household moving from working outside the home to working at home will use around £3-£5 per week more energy at the level of the government’s energy price cap (read the analysis in full here). There are two things to note about that – an Octopus customer pays less than the price cap, and we also expect this £3-5 weekly figure to come down with a reduction in gas usage as we start to hit warmer months.

I am conscious that for everything I write, there will be exceptions – and some very serious ones – but for most households, this extra energy consumption is not likely to be the big driver of hardship. Indeed, for households with the same income as before, the increased energy cost of £3-£5 per week is a lot less than the typical cost of commuting (about £66/month). Of course, in a household where one person has lost their job, and another is working from home, they’ll see a drop in income and higher energy costs – and similarly for people with commission and other variable earnings. We recognise those differences. Similarly, we also know that for many households lockdown has led to lower outgoings. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but on the whole, drops in income are more instrumental in making it difficult to pay energy bills than the fact that people are using more energy at home.

octopus energySo, what are we doing to help when people have had big drops in income as a result of Covid-19?

First – we signed up for a government charter that outlines the support energy companies are voluntarily giving to customers.

This has been covered by the media “energy companies to waive bills” or similar, but when you read the charter it’s much more nuanced. For example, here’s the section on helping people whose finances have been impacted:

‘Based on individual circumstances, this could include:

– Considering reassessing, reducing, or pausing debt repayment and bill payments for domestic customers in financial distress.

– Considering referring customers who are struggling to pay to third party debt advisers such as StepChange and Citizens Advice.’

This fairly low-level commitment is the current reality not just for Octopus customers, but we believe for customers of other companies as well.

We’d love to do more – and our team and I have been working night and day with other energy companies, EnergyUK (our trade association), Ofgem, and Government departments (BEIS, Treasury) to try to find a solution for people who need it.

I’ve been asked why Octopus aren’t, for example, just giving all customers a blanket payment holiday – or even writing off bills. I heard someone on the radio saying “these energy companies make so much money, why can’t they help?”

I’d like to show respect to customers and all readers by responding to this candidly – even when it could mean my words are misrepresented – but I’d rather be open and clear than opaque and evasive.

Energy companies – at least most – don’t make shedloads of money. Octopus lost £29m last year. Our rivals, Bulb, lost £129m. And here’s Centrica’s share price over the last 5 years:

Of course – there’s a reason for all these. In our case, and perhaps Bulb’s, we’ve been investing in growth – payments to comparison sites, for example, are not cheap. In the case of the incumbents, their inefficiency has made it hard to handle price competition from companies like ours.

But underlying it is a fact of the modern energy market: margins are wafer-thin. The CMA (government authority) reckons energy companies should make 1.25% margin. We’re very efficient and target 3% – and expected to hit something like that next year. This year was roughly breakeven at what’s called the EBITDA level. I can’t speak for other companies – but this is the way energy should be – super low margins meaning that customers get better value. That’s exactly what we’ve been fighting for since we were founded – better value for customers.

So as a typical example from the numbers above – If a company makes a 3% margin, then for every customer spending £1000 (roughly the average annual energy bill), it makes £30 profit. If a single customer doesn’t pay, it loses £1000. So a single customer not paying wipes out the earnings from 33 othersSo if just 1 in 33 customers doesn’t pay, the company goes from profit to loss. On the CMA’s 1.25% figure, it’s worse – 1 customer not paying wipes out the earnings from 80 other customers.

At Octopus, we take a long term view of everything – it’s why we’ve invested in the systems and people to make energy cheaper and greener, rather than focusing on short term profit.

So we are hugely aware that a time like now is a time to focus on doing the right thing – and I’m very happy to take a financial hit throughout this period to help customers affected by Covid-19.

But from the numbers above, you can see that we can’t take a massive hit. Helping 3% of customers is enough to send a company like ours into losses – and the numbers in energy are huge.

Our estimates are that 10-20% of UK households could see significant drops in income from Covid-19, so let’s take the middle of that – 15%. If we help 15% of customers by waiving their bills, the first 3% wipe out any profit. The next 12% are pure losses. Using Octopus as an example – we have 1.5m customers – so our revenue is about £120m a month. 12% of this is £14m.

So Octopus would be losing £14m a month. If the Covid-19 crisis lasts 3 months, it’d be £42m; 6 months, £84m. That just wouldn’t be sustainable. And of course, the economic impact could hit payments for longer than the immediate health crisis.

And that leaves us in the difficult position that we cannot help everyone we would ideally like to.

Instead, we’ll be working hard to ensure that customers who can afford to pay to keep doing so, and that we do everything we can to help those who’ve been affected on a case by case basis – but we’ll need to be selective and that’s hard. Really hard.

This is why we’re working tirelessly with other energy companies and the government to see if there could be a uniform approach across all companies to provide standardised levels of help – and mean that it’s not down to the lucky dip of which energy company you’re with, but your circumstances, which define the outcome.

And it’s why we ask people to be understanding – we’re working hard to ensure we push our own finances to the max to help everyone with service, and those who need it most financially. And we know that our customers will do the same.

With everyone doing their bit, we can all emerge from this crisis together. We’re just at the beginning and we’ll push in every way we can to try to make things work for everyone.


Switching to renewable energy will have the biggest impact on your carbon footprint.  Recycling and using public transport, as an example,  will also help but by far switching to renewable energy will have the greatest impact. If you are not using green energy please switch today!! It is something you can do in 2 minutes online. We need to act and we have to act now! We can make a difference to our planet. I have created this website to help give my view on Octopus Energy. I hope it will reassure you that switching is the way to go!! We all have to do our bit and whilst in isolation, this is a part of mine.

I hope everyone reading this stays safe. I salute the emergency services. Stay well and share the power of love and kindness by making a difference. Step up and do what you can. I’ll see you at the party hopeful on the other side. We will get through this!


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It is day 4 of social distancing. Thankfully no one has any symptoms of the Coronavirus but one of our children is high risk and so we have decided to step back and try to be as cautious as we can.  I am watching the world around us change. It is a very concerning time.


I wanted to write this blog as I am wondering when we get through this just how will people change? Is simply asking people to change their habits still enough? I have watched people fighting for toilet roll and friends on universal credit crying over their lack of ability to buy supplies.  Some I can help.OCTOPUS ENERGY We have bought food for our neighbours, spent time encouraging elderly relatives to stay home and have been checking on those we know have shown symptoms. I’ve been using my techie skills and free time to set up social networks for my community. I have been bringing key people together in the hope that we can support each other locally.  This dreadful, unprecedented situation is making me realise that as a family we need to try even harder to preserve what we have. We must help others so we all get through it.  I must admit I have been really overthinking things but we need immediate action!!

  • We need to aim for zero food waste at home.
  • Use less energy.
  • Recycle and mend.
  • Keep safe and survive.
  • Help others get through this with us.
  • Live
  • Help others to live.
  • Look after our planet and everyone on it.


Having zero control over this virus is causing me anxiety. I am a very organised person. I love to give advice but I am struggling.  Without exception, I research everything and am confident in my views. I am, however, struggling as there is so limited data.  Everything is so new and unknown. A friend advised me to focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t.  I can’t go out. I can’t find a cure for this virus but what I can do is believe that we will get through this.  When we come out the other side it is obvious we need greater control over the future of our planet. It isn’t good enough to think we have time, we don’t. We need to act now! Nature has shown us that it doesn’t wait for a convenient time to strike.  I can type, I can make a noise and I can hopefully convince you to reduce your carbon footprint very easily.

On a positive note, I have seen people adapt on a sixpence. Gin distilleries making hand gel. This isn’t for profit but for social good and necessity. Shops giving away supplies to the needy. Schools moving to online platforms. People working from home. The list goes on! So we can change and change at speed.


octopus energy should i switchBill Gates, the founder of Apple, predicted the possibility of a virus causing a global pandemic in 2015. He spoke at length on how we could be prepared. When we get through this, which we will,  we need to listen to people. We need to embrace technology and reduce our carbon footprint and we must all change. Survival is key!


Switching to renewable energy will have the biggest impact on your carbon footprint.  Recycling and using public transport, as an example,  will also help but by far switching to renewable energy will have the greatest impact. If you are not using green energy please switch today!! It is something you can do in 2 minutes online. We need to act and we have to act now! I have created this website to help give my view on Octopus Energy. I hope it will reassure you that switching is the way to go!! We all have to do our bit and whilst in isolation, this is a part of mine.

I hope everyone reading this stays safe. I salute the emergency services. Stay well and share the power of love and kindness by making a difference. Step up and do what you can. I’ll see you at the party hopeful on the other side. We will get through this!

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Get ready for an energy resolution.

I am ready for a new years resolution to ring in  a greener 2020.  It  involves ditching single use plastics and shouting a little louder about the green energy revolution.

If you have found my blog then you are hopefully considering a switch to renewable energy. My  advice would be to go for it! Switching to green energy has the biggest impact on reducing your carbon footprint and is quick and easy to do.

Why Octopus Energy?

We have been with Octopus for almost 2 years now and I have become an energy geek!!  Like any energy supplier you can simply switch and carry on as normal. Your direct debit will go out, the lights will remain on and you will be helping make the grid cleaner by using renewable energy.  For us, however, we have been taken on a journey with this ever expanding green energy supplier.

Unlike previous suppliers Octopus Energy don’t dumb down facts. Quite refreshingly it’s the opposite.   Octopus Energy passes on their passion for tech, green energy and great customer service by guiding you through innovative ways that you can embrace tech at home to bring down your bills even further and make your energy consumption even greener.

Octopus Energy have had lots of customer initiatives since we signed up. These are the ones we have really loved.

  • We’ve seen Octopus offer a thousand free trees to community groups.
  • They have given away electric cars in a customer competition.
  • They have introduced a specific tariff for electric cars.
  • Loan a FLIR thermal imaging camera free for customers to find out where heat escapes around your home.
  • Paid Octopus Agile customers for using energy.
  • Introduced an outgoingOctopus, the UK’s first ever smart export tariff.
  • They even sent one lucky customer to Nepal to look at their work with a renewable project.
  • Given away lots of pink fluffy octopus cuddly toys! (we have one 🙂octopus energy cashback

As well as the expected advice and support on how to save energy in the traditional ways at home Octopus go above and beyond.  As an example, they have a really innovative tariff called Agile which allows customers to follow half hourly energy prices. Sometimes prices drop below zero, and customers are paid to take energy off the grid. This is great for your pocket and the plant.

Octopus are also the first to do everything it seems. The first to drop prices, the first to embrace tech. We feel very safe being in their capable hands.

You don’t need to be a geek.

For a real shot at a sustainable world, more green energy alone, won’t be enough. Octopus realises they need to innovate on the cutting edge of tech, and reimagine the way we use energy altogether.  I enjoy seeing how customers are embracing the green tariffs supplied by Octopus. It is very inspiring. I don’t have an electric car but enjoy reading customer stories and advice. I also love the way Octopus embraces customer ideas and in some cases even incorporates them into their business.  The Octopus passion for renewable energy is infectious!

Join the octopus green community in 2020 and help make a difference to the planet!

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Octopus Energy: Black Friday could be the start of a greener Christmas.

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Black Friday always sparks the start of frantic Christmas shopping for my family. It is like a competition trying to get our Christmas gifts without it costing us a fortune. With a young family, we have to stick to a budget or the festive season can get quite stressful. 

We usually pop into the shops at the start of November to make a note of what the kids take a shine to and note down some prices. This year, for some reason, I have felt really uncomfortable with the number of useless plastic gifts that are on the market. I stood in a large department store last week and just felt quite frustrated by the volume of plastic items.  With the state of the planet, why are we production so may useless items that will, without doubt, end up in landfill?  It was the sheer volume I think that upset me.

I may not be able to eradicate all the useless plastic items from the stores this Christmas but we are going to aim to be greener.  We don’t have the finances for solar panels, which I would love but we do get 100% green energy supplied by Octopus Energy.  I reduce my energy consumption as much as I can, I am conscious of food waste and try to be sensible in terms of Christmas gifts but I know my energy usage will go up and I will waste more than I should unless I am careful. The question is how to get into the festive spirit whilst trying to stay as green as possible?  Is it possible to stay green whilst loosening your belt?

The Christmas dinner.

We have young children and it’s quite a traditional Christmas. Half of my family are vegetarians but the other half love a traditional roast turkey dinner. Trying to make our Christmas greener I discovered that the Christmas turkey will use around 10.8kWh of electricity. This seems quite high! So we need to make sure we don’t make that consumption go up.  I know we are on green energy but I feel wasting energy for whatever reason should be avoided.

Here are some ideas on how to keep energy consumption down.

  • Let the turkey reach room temperature before roasting will save on cooking time.
  • You don’t need to preheat the oven as letting it heat up whilst cooking will cook the turkey more thoroughly and keep it moist.
  • Use one pot large pot for the vegetables and don’t forget to use a lid.  Using just one hob will save energy.
  • Make sure you close the fridge door. (This needs to be constantly said in our house)
  • Completely fill the dishwasher before putting it on.

A family of foodies.

Over the Christmas period, we buy a lot of food and will cook a lot! How can our food be greener?

  • Buy seasonal and local vegetables.
  • Try to cook serval dishes at the same time if the oven is on.
  • Roast the vegetables that may be past their sell-by date to make pasta sauce and then freeze sauce or pop it in the fridge for a quick pasta dinner.
  • Not throw out excess food.
  • Make ready meals and freeze them rather than let fresh vegetables go to waste.
  • Make batches of stews and curries in the slow cooker.
  • There are some great vegan options which are quick and easy if you have friends over to stay.

I am extremely passionate about food waste and at Christmas when we always buy more than we should I feel it is important to make sure we don’t end wasting food that can be kept for after the festive period.  When we throw away food we waste all the resources that went into growing it. So I think it’s important to enjoy the festivities but also be aware of what could potentially waste when considering a greener Christmas.

I am so passionate about not wasting food I have been known to walk down our street knocking neighbours doors asking if they would like the fresh food I know we won’t get around to eating.  Slightly quirky and very 1970s but I usually come home empty-handed and with an additional friend or two.

Around the house

Extra people in the house with lots of cooking means extra heat. A tip I got from my grandma is to turn down the thermostat at Christmas.  It is surprising how much energy this saves!  I recall sitting in my friends’ house last Christmas with the patio doors open as everyone was just too hot!  My grandma would have had a thing or two to say about that!

Our fake plastic tree is going to remain! It may not be the best looking tree you have ever seen but we are going to make sure we keep reusing it.  If you need to get your hands on one for any reason I would suggest freecycle or gumtree.  A pre-loved tree is greener than buying a new one.

LED Christmas lights play a big part in our house as they use 90% less energy and are now really quite economical to buy.   We set ours on a timer so they only come on after dark and switch off whilst we are in bed. To stop the children literally lighting up the house like a Christmas tree I unplug lamps and are in the same room as our Christmas lights.  It sounds a little overzealous but my children would have every light on in every room if I didn’t keep an eye on it.

This is a great example, a 50 light string of standard fairy lights will use around 105.8kWh of electricity if they are on for 5 hours a day for 3 weeks. LED fairy lights used for the same period would use on average 18.5kWh over the same 3 week period. Using this scenario, if just 10 million families swapped their old fairy lights for LEDs, the energy savings could power 618,614 homes for an entire year!

Can Christmas gifts be greener?

I can’t say there won’t be any plastic toys or games under the tree this Christmas but I am going to dramatically reduce them!  I will also be investing in more rechargeable batteries which will be a massive saving for us.  The kids can also say goodbye to brightly coloured parcels as we will also be using brown paper with ribbon. At least the brown paper will be recyclable and I bet the kids don’t even notice!! I am going to Santa must believe in recycling if they do notice:-0

As we speak a friend is knitting a scarf for me to gift as a present and as we have so much excess holly in our garden we are planning to gift holly wreaths to the neighbours. It really does add to the Christmas spirit when a single click on amazon isn’t the only option. (That has been my usual go-to for Christmas gifts)

Can greener also mean cheaper?

I think it can. My children are going to make grandparents presents this Christmas. They are quite happy to use a sewing machine so they are already planning lots of cushions and aprons they can make and gift. It may not be the quickest option but it is greener and just takes some planning.

We plan to really slow down this Christmas. A walk by the beach then home for a slow-cooked meal is planned for boxing day. We are going to ditch the car for as long as possible and just enjoy what’s on our doorstep.  We spend enough before Christmas. We aim to bed down and enjoy what we have.

Our energy supplier, Octopus Energy, advocates using energy when there is less demand on the national grid. This not only adds to the green benefits but also to helps your pocket. The Octopus Agile tariff uses dynamic pricing which means you can make big savings simply by shifting your electricity use to when it’s cheapest. Across the UK, whenever more electricity is generated than consumed, energy prices fall – sometimes to the point where prices drop below zero, and suppliers are paamazon and octopus energyid to take energy off the grid.  By switching to the Octopus Energy Agile tariff and investing in some smart plugs you could be paid to clean the dishes over Christmas.  Now that’s a thought!  You can even get Alexa involved. It really is that advanced.

The Agile tariff is just one tariff available to Octopus customers. The main thing is to switch to green energy. If you haven’t yet made the switch to green energy it is the biggest impact you can make to your carbon footprint. All the other saving are important but switching to green energy has the biggest impact by far!

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Octopus Energy: Black Friday Competition. Go Green.

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Everyone  is looking for a deal, especially around Black Friday when competition is tuff. Competition for everything from your home electronics, Christmas gifts to your weekly shop. I have had conversations with family and friends this year about the ethics of Black Friday. With the global climate emergency is it something we should be encouraging by taking part in the growing trend?   The issue is everything has an impact on our climate. octopus energy should i switchChristmas trees being grown and cut down simply to be disposed of 2 weeks later is madness in its own right. What we try to do as a family is be sensible in our purchases and be mindful of our choices. The biggest impact we can make to reduce our carbon footprint is to continue to use green energy and to encourage others to do the same.  We can show people we care about them through spending time together and with acts of kindness.


When you switch to Octopus Energy during Black Friday you’ll be aware of competition from other energy suppliers.  It is important to remember that switching to renewable energy will make a massive difference to your carbon footprint.   Octopus Energy offers several very innovative tariffs which will prove a hit especially if you love tech.    Black Friday and technology gadgets go hand.  You can use Alexa, for example, to wash your laundry when the demand on the national grid is as it lowest if you opt for the Octopus Agile tariff.  Not only will it be far greener but you could also get paid if energy prices go negative!   You could charge your electric car using Octopus Go which gives reduced rates for electric car charging over night or you could just for for a straightforward great 100% green tariff.

When you switch to Octopus Energy you will;

  • Switch to green renewable energy. (The only Which? recommended supplier 2018 and 2019)
  • Reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Save money.
  • Receive £50 credit when on your first bill using my referral link.
  • Be given your Octopus Energy referral link which you can use straight away.
  • Receive great customer service and support.

Octopus Energy won “Most likely to be recommended supplier”  – USwitch for 2019.

Last years Octopus Energy Black Friday competition.

Last years Octopus Energy gave away 4 electric cars in their Black Friday competition.  It was a great way of Octopus Energy grabbing a share of the energy market.  By promote the benefits of electric vehicles and rewarding customers for going green Octopus has reaped the benefits.  Since then Octopus have continued to put customers first by offering great service and rewarding existing customers for spreading the news about green energy with their referral scheme.  Last years Black Friday competition cost Octopus the equivalent to 29p per customer – which isn’t too excessive.  Even though I didn’t win a car I think it is a great incentive to help customers spread the word and help the planet get a little greener.   This is why a year later they are now the 7th largest energy company in the UK. This sends a message to the traditional energy firms that they have to up their game in terms of renewable energy and not treat customers as simply bystanders in the energy market.

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We have been with Octopus Energy for a while and are delighted with their service. We have reduced our carbon footprint and saved money on our energy bills.

Why Octopus Energy stands out for us;

  • Octopus combines tech and green energy to help us really make an impact on our energy consumption, bills and pocket!
  • They are the only company recommended in both 2018 and 2019 by Which?
  • The Renewable Energy Association awarded Octopus Energy their 2019 award for “ the company that’s done the most in the past year to advance  UK renewables”.

What we love that makes Octopus Energy different as a supplier.

  • They invest heavily in solar energy. Octopus Group is the largest investor in solar energy in Europe.
  • Octopus buys from many small renewable generators across the UK from solar to wind to hydropower.
  • They invest in cutting edge green technology which we believe is the way forward to tackle climate change.
  • All full-time employees are a shareholder!

If you’ve been thinking of switching to Green Energy there is no better time.  Black Friday can be more than a spending bonanza it could be your time to go green and make a positive impact on the planet!  It takes minutes to switch and you don’t need your previous bill. It’s a win, win when you switch to Octopus Energy there are no exit fees and they offer great value!

As a family, we are really happy with Octopus Energy as our supplier and we highly recommend them to those who want to switch to green renewable energy.

Clean Up

Why not take part in #optoutside which asks people to spend time outdoors during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.  This year they are asking people to get out and clear up. Beach cleans will be featuring high on our #optoutside weekend #optoutsideuk.

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