The UK’s most eco-friendly cities

The UK has agreed to become carbon neutral by 2050 and in order to do so, meaningful changes must be made now. There has been increased pressure for UK cities to change their attitude towards climate change and become more sustainable to protect the earth’s climate. Now we’re seeing some of our favourite cities lead the way around the world for ecological achievements. Here is a summary of some of the most eco-friendly cities in the UK.

Bristol voted one of the UK’s most eco-friendly cities 

Let’s start right from the top and begin with Bristol, which is considered one of the top cities in the UK for it’s green efforts. Back in 2015, Bristol was voted 2015 European Green Capital and they’ve continued their progress to ensure that their reputation remains high. It’s recorded that 1 in 5 of all residents in Bristol choose to walk to work and large corporations in the city are making big efforts to improve their sustainability.



Did you know that Sheffield has more trees than any other European city? They have over 2 million grown across the city which will be contributing massively to reducing climate change. Across the UK, there are many efforts to reduce the landfill that’s happening in the country. Sheffield is certainly doing their bit to ensure this is kept at a low rate with records showing that only 1% of household waste were sent to landfill.


Leeds has had a reputation for birthing innovative ideas towards sustainable design and development projects, making it no surprise that it’s named as one of the most eco friendly cities in the UK. It’s considered the ‘centre of excellence for eco design innovation’, constructing various buildings that try to make the most of energy efficient, low carbon materials.


 Cambridge has adopted a Dutch influence with their campaign for cutting carbon emissions by developing one of the most recognised bicycle led communities in the UK. Rather than residents opting for vehicles to travel around the city, the Cambridge cycling campaign is contributing massively to keeping the city eco-friendly and preventing a large number of vehicles being driven.


Brighton is an extremely vibrant city commonly known for various events and traditions, and it’s celebrated for being one of the most eco-friendly cities in the UK too. It has strong affiliations with the Green Party, encouraging the city to come up with efficient eco strategies to plan for the future. In fact, it’s the first city in the world to be accredited with the ‘One Planet City’ award for their efforts over the last 3 years to reduce the city’s environmental impact.

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The lungs of our earth are in trouble – Brazil’s amazon rainforest fires

At recent the amazon rainforest is enduring a devastating forest fire. A football pitch size of the forest is burnt and lost every minute.  Millions of natural habitats flora and fauna are being destroyed.

Are forest fires natural? or was it purposeful?

Yes forest fires can be common and natural within the amazon, however the scale and location of this fire has had several conservationists aggravated. The politics of the local regions favour agriculture/ production over forest conservation. On average the amazon has 40,000 forest fires per year, this year the amazon fires have almost doubles with over 73,000 recorded fires.

Why is it important?

The amazon rain forest has often being referred to as ‘The lungs of the earth’ this is because the amazon takes in millions of tons of CO2 and miraculously converts this to produces millions of tons of O2. Drastically working to reduce the human effects of climate change.

To read more on why Trees are important to combat climate change review our blog : 

How Eversmart are working to support

At Eversmart, our aim is to plant around 1 million trees. We are currently planting a tree for every new customer we acquire.  For our ‘Plant a Tree’ scheme we are working closely with a UK company ‘Eforest’.

Eversmart and EForests ‘Plant a Tree Scheme’, planting a tree for every customer

You can also support the Brazil rain forest fire here:

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5 Simple Steps to Living Green in the City

Living green in the city

The inner-city population continues to grow each year across the world, with over 40 million individuals choosing to move into urban areas. Currently, half of the world’s population lives in cities and this is expected to grow to two thirds by 2050.

The increasing population density in urban areas can pose environmental issues, such as poor air quality, high energy consumption and waste-disposal problems. As you may know, this concentrated energy use can lead to a greater production of CO2 emissions, which is hazardous to the environment.

In order to reduce the environmental impact, the inner-city population must make a conscious effort to live more sustainably. Living green in the city starts with making small, but effective changes to your everyday life. Here are 5 ways that you could make if you’re considering living green in the city.

1. Walk to work

Cars, trucks and vans account for the highest percentage of commuter choices in the UK. If you live and work within the city, making the change to walk to work can help to reduce your carbon footprint. The only fuel that is needed for walking to work is the food that you eat and the water that you drink!

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, in 2018, transport accounted for 33% of all carbon dioxide emissions. Walking to work is not a possibility for many individuals living in the city, however, public transit and bikes are widely available in most cities across the UK. Walking to work, or switching to a bike or public transports is a great way to begin living green in the city.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Inner-city plastic pollution poses a myriad of environmental issues. Approximately 7.7 million plastic bottles are purchased across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste.

The condensed population within the city centre results in lots of plastic and non-recyclable waste every year. If you’re thinking about living green in the city centre, it’s important to be conscious of how much plastic and non-recyclable products that you use.

If you’re considering living green in the city, you will need to make the conscious effort to educate yourself on recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Separating your plastic and cans, instead of including in your general waste bin can be extremely impactful and can help to reduce plastic waste that is polluting the oceans and city-centre streets.

Making simple swaps such as using reusable bags for shopping can also help to reduce plastic waste. Single-use plastics are extremely problematic for the environment, so making the conscious effort to reduce plastic use, reusing materials around your home and recycling can help you on your way to living green in the city.

3. Switch to Green Energy Suppliers

The consumption of non-renewable energy in urban areas is unsustainable and is extremely harmful to the environment. Making the switch to a green energy supplier can help to reduce the CO2 that’s released into the atmosphere. Renewable energy sources (hydro, wind, solar) provide a clean, sustainable alternative.

Currently, 70% of UK households are powered by non-renewable energy sources, so making the switch to a green energy supplier is a great way to begin living green in the city. At Eversmart, we offer affordable renewable energy tariffs.

4. Unplug your appliances

Living green in the city means that you will have to make simple, but effective changes to your everyday lifestyle. This can be as simple as unplugging the appliances in your home. Even if your device is switched off at the mains, it doesn’t necessarily means that energy isn’t flowing through to it.

By making the conscious effort to unplug your device, you can conserve energy which will reduce your overall consumption. This is only a small change, but if everybody in the city made the switch to living green in the city and unplugged their devices, the impact could be huge.

5. Conserve water

Living green in the city means being more mindful of how much water you use. Making small changes, such as turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth can also be really impactful. The average bathroom faucet dispenses 9.5L of water every minute and it takes a lot of energy and resources to get water from the treatment plant and into your home. Making these small changes can start you on your way to living green in the city.

If you would like to find out more information about living green in the city, or any information about the green energy tariffs that we offer, get in touch today.

Eversmart Energy Marketing Manager
Grace Bowden

How Meat Agriculture Contributes to Global Warming

Many people are aware that a meat-based diet contributes to global warming. When land is used to raise animals for meat rather than for the use of crops, then this area of land loses water, soil and potentially trees, which has a devastating impact on the natural environment.

On a global scale, animal agriculture is responsible for emitting more greenhouse gas than all of the transportation systems in the world, combined. Growing food for the ever-increasing global population is more likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over the threshold of current safety measures which are currently in place.

But, knowing just how meat contributes to global warming is important when it comes to making decisions and changes to your diet and lifestyle.

How does meat contribute to global warming?

Scientists believe that a meat-based diet is one of the largest contributing factors to global warming. When land is used to raise animals, water and soil are lost and trees are chopped down to make space for the livestock to graze and live. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the planes, trains and cars in the world combined.

From animal agriculture, red meat is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas production. Cows produce methane which is a greenhouse gas similar to carbon dioxide. Per year, a single cow produces between 70 and 120kg of methane and the negative effect of methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Worldwide, it’s estimated that there are currently close to 1.6 billion cows, which means a gargantuan amount of methane is emitted to the earth’s atmosphere every year.

Without meat or dairy products, then global farmland area could be reduced by anything up to 75%, which is an area the same size as China, the EU, US and Australia combined, whilst still being able to feed the global population. For example, making just one beefburger uses the same amount of fossil fuels as it would to drive a car for 20 miles and, surprisingly, more than one-third of fossil fuels are used to raise animals for food.

Does becoming vegetarian or vegan help?

It is estimated that a widespread switch to vegetarianism may cut emissions by up to two-thirds, so eating a vegetarian or vegan diet will help overall emission levels. Unbalanced diets which are low in vegetables, fruits and red and processed meat are responsible for growing numbers of health issues across the globe and, at the same time, the food system is currently responsible for around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a huge driving force when it comes to climate change.

Instead of taking drastic measures to drop meat altogether, scientists are urging people to develop “meat consciousness”, by reducing the amount of meat in our diets. By eating fewer meals with meat and dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on collective health and the planet.

Can I Make Any Other Lifestyle Changes?

Whist vegetarianism is not for everyone, there are other ways that you can help tackle the effects of global warming. Switching your gas and energy supplier, walking or cycling rather than driving and using less water are all great ways that you can lessen your contribution to global warming, as well as switching to a healthier diet and eating less dairy and meat. You can find out more information about how to reduce your carbon footprint here.

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How to Switch Energy Suppliers

How to Switch Energy Suppliers

Many people believe that switching energy suppliers is a stressful, timely process, but we are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be!

Switching with Eversmart is a quick and easy process. All you will need is your postcode and a recent energy bill. If you don’t have a recent bill, you’ll just need to answer a few simple questions about your lifestyle and the size of your home, it only takes 10 minutes! You can either switch over the phone or online and it’ll be one of the simplest things you do all day.

How to switch energy suppliers with Eversmart

Joining the Eversmart family and choosing affordable, 100% renewable electricity is simple. You can either register your details through the online quote page or over the phone and our dedicated team will do the rest.

By simply answering a few questions online you can get an instant online quote. It’s all very straight forward and you could be switching within a few minutes, here are the questions you can expect if you don’t have a bill available:

  • What’s your Postcode?
  • Gas & Electricity or Just Electricity?
  • Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go?
  • Select an option that describes you home best (4 choices)
  • How Many Bedrooms?

At this point, you’ll see multiple options with different prices and tariffs to choose from. Prices can vary depending on location but Eversmart is one of the most affordable green energy suppliers in the UK. You’ll then be asked to add your address and payment details, at this point, you’re on your way to having a green home.

Can you switch to Eversmart while in debt?

Eversmart Energy allows domestic prepayment customers to switch over if they have a debt lower than £500, but if you’re unsure of this it’s best to discuss it over the phone to work out all your options.

How long does it take to switch?

Overall it only takes 21 days to switch to Eversmart. Once you register and are happy to make the switch, we will contact your current supplier within 14 days, after that, they will then confirm the switch between day 14 and 21. You’ll be updated with the progress and you won’t actually have to speak to you previous supplier or do anything else. Eversmart does this to make it as easy as possible for every new customer.

How will I be billed after switching to Eversmart?

When you select a monthly tariff with Eversmart, you won’t receive any surprise price increases. You’ll receive an annual statement showing the current tariff, your usage, payments and an estimate of your usage for the following year. You can look at the money you’ve saved and also know that you’ve been using wind and hydro energy to power your eco-friendly home. We also give the option to install a smart meter in your home, which will help you to track your energy use in real-time.

Why switch to Eversmart?

Here at Eversmart, we pride ourselves on being one of the cheapest green energy providers online. We are proud to provide 100% renewable electricity, which is 80% reliant on wind and 20% hydro.

Although the gas we provide is not from renewable sources, we are working towards becoming carbon neutral by planting a tree for every new customer that signs up with us.

If you’re asking yourself how to switch energy suppliers to a sustainable option that benefits your home and the environment, get a quote today and see how much you can save on energy,

Understanding the Different Types of Renewable Energy

renewable energy

The environmental issues posed by climate climate change have resulted in an increased demand to transition to cleaner, renewable energy alternatives.

By 2020 the UK will need to produce 30% of its electricity, 12% of heat and 10% fuel from renewable sources. In 2019 so far, the percentage of renewable energy used to power the UK is 37.4%. Here at Eversmart, our renewable electricity is sourced from 80% wind and 20% hydro energy.

Solar Energy

Solar power is one of the most popular and fastest-growing renewable energy sources. Solar panels require UV rays to work effectively, so even the cloudiest places on earth have proven to be excellent for producing solar power.

It’s a common misconception that only sunny places can benefit from solar energy, when in fact solar panels work well in cold climates, including snowy weather. However, the effectiveness of the PV system can be hindered when snow covers the panels.

Wind Energy

Wind energy is one of the most popular forms of energy and plays an increasingly important role in the way we power the world. The worldwide usage of wind energy is on the rise, as installation costs continue to fall. Wind farms continue to provide the UK’s highest energy percentage and in 2018, this power source accounted for 49.2% of the UK renewable energy consumption.

Kinetic energy is produced by air motion, which is used to produce electricity. The wind turbines then transform the kinetic energy into the energy we use to power our homes. The amount of power that’s harvested depends on how big the wind turbine, the bigger the turbine, the more energy is generated.


Hydroelectric Energy

Hydroelectricity is one of the lesser-known forms of renewable energy available to us in the UK. Energy is created using the power and movement of flowing or falling water, as the energy and strength of the water spins the turbines and in turn, generates electricity.

There are various sources of hydro energy, generated from both artificial and natural sources. However, the most commonly used sources are generated from run-of-the-river hydropower is generated using turbines located in rivers and tidal and offshore plants use tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

It’s been estimated that wave and run-of-the-river energy has the potential to deliver around 20 percent of the UK’s current electricity needs, however in 2018 hydro plants only accounted for 2.9% of the UK’s renewable energy use.

Running on 100% renewable energy

It’s predicted that the UK will move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050. The country will be powered entirely by the wind, solar and hydro energy sources. Some countries have already been successful in achieving 100% renewable energy sources including Iceland, Albania and Paraguay.

In order to achieve 100% renewable energy on a global-scale, everybody needs to make big, impactful changes, such as switching to a green energy provider. Political action, as well as full compliance from business leaders abroad is also required in order to fundamentally change the way that energy is generated.

To find out more information about the renewable electricity we supply, or to discuss our energy tariffs, contact us today or get a quote.

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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With the threat of severe global warming looming over us all, it’s more important than ever to be aware of how to reduce your carbon footprint. The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%.

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Anything beyond this, even a slight temperature change of half a degree, could have a catastrophic effect and worsen the risk of extreme heat, droughts and flooding.

It’s our responsibility to create simple but effective changes in our everyday lives to combat this. If you would like to make a conscious effort to save the environment but are unsure about how to reduce your carbon footprint, here are some simple tips on where to begin:

1. How to reduce your carbon footprint: eat less meat

Animal agriculture is considered to be one of the most problematic issues when it comes to climate change. Farms and big corporations that produce red meat contribute to the creation of methane, which is a greenhouse gas similar to carbon dioxide. A cow can produce between 70 – 120kg of methane a year.

The environmental impact that red meat farming inflicts on the environment dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork. A study conducted by the University of Oxford revealed that meat-rich diets (defined as more than 100g per day) resulted in 7.2kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing your meat intake, with a particular focus on red meat, can result in fewer carbon emissions being produced.

2. Save energy through your electronic devices

Even if the mains are switched off, electricity can still be passed through to your devices if they are plugged in. By making a conscious effort to unplug your home devices, you can conserve energy and reduce your consumption.

Although this is a minimal change to make, if everybody in the UK did the same, the impact would be huge. So, next time you have a device in the socket remember to unplug it!

3. Use another form of transport

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive less and to cycle more. Driving your vehicle is one of the prime contributors of CO2 emissions, which is why many companies and governments are bringing in initiatives to change this. Commuters are now cycling to work through cycle schemes rather than commute in their car. Environmentally conscious European countries such as Amsterdam are leading the way with cycle-friendly lanes.

4. Get ‘green fingers’

Ever thought about taking up gardening? Planting more flowers and growing garden can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint. Plants absorb carbon dioxide which is great for the health of humans and the environment. It can also help with making the environment cooler and prevent the earth from ‘heating up’.

5. Dry your clothes naturally

A final method on how to reduce your carbon footprint is to dry your clothes naturally. Drying clothes can save up to ⅓ of your carbon footprint compared to using the dryer which is one of the most common appliances for consuming energy.

Now that you know how to reduce your carbon footprint you can begin to make small changes to your lifestyle What we do and the choices we make can ultimately make a huge difference so consider the choice you make when trying to reduce your carbon footprint.

If you would like more information on how to reduce your carbon footprint, or would like to switch to Evermsart, get in touch today or get an energy quote.


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How do electric cars work?

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How do electric cars work?

Electric and hybrid cars have been enjoying a rapid surge in popularity over the last decade or so. In this article we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about electric vehicles, such as; how do electric cars work? What are the pros and cons of electric vehicles? What do they cost and are they worth it?

A brief history of the electric car

Surprisingly, electric cars actually pre-date petrol cars. The first electric vehicles were developed in the late 19th century, with British inventor Thomas Parker being credited with building the first production electric car in London in 1884. At the peak of their popularity there were around 30,000 electric cars in circulation worldwide.

A photo of Thomas Parker in an early electric car.

As you can imagine, these early electric cars weren’t without their limitations, and petrol soon took over as a cheap, plentiful and easy-to-use fuel. Quick refuelling times, longer range and better infrastructure all helped to solidify the popularity of the internal combustion engine in the first decade of the 20th century.

Electric cars remained unpopular right up until the end of the last century, when environmental concerns and rising fuel prices brought them back into the conversation. In the 2000s, improvements in battery technology once again made electric cars a viable, affordable way to get around – with various electric & hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and the Tesla range (amongst many others) becoming common sights on our roads.

What exactly is an electric car?

The Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s best-selling electric cars. Image source:

The term “electric car” refers to a road-legal, highway-capable electric automobile, whereas “electric vehicle” is a more general term that can apply to all kinds of electric-powered vehicles both big and small. Electric cars are powered purely by electricity – as opposed to hybrid cars, which use an electric motor combined with a smaller petrol engine, allowing them to achieve very high fuel efficiency.

Electric cars use a large, rechargeable battery along with one or more electric motors. They can be recharged by plugging them in to a power supply, either at home or at a public charging station. Hybrid cars work a little differently, depending on which kind of hybrid you’re talking about. We’ll discuss hybrids in more detail below.


The one big difference between a conventional and electric car of course is the fuel. A traditional car burns petrol, releasing energy that drives the pistons and creates motion. This chemical reaction also creates carbon dioxide and other byproducts that are released into the air. Much of the energy released from the fuel is lost as either heat or sound – only around 20-30% of the chemical energy in your petrol goes into moving the car.

Electric cars on the other hand store their energy in large lithium ion-batteries – the exact same technology that powers your smartphone or laptop. Electrons gradually leave the battery, powering an electric motor that drives the wheels. Although electric cars are heavier than those with internal combustion engines, they are much more efficient – only around 20% of energy in the battery is wasted.

Are electric cars the answer to global pollution?

Although electric cars are going to increase in the future, at the moment there are several questions to address. In order for the electric car to have a positive impact on the environment we must first fix the energy pollution at the source. If the source of the electric provided to run the car is created by fossil fuels, it renders the electric car mute. We must first ensure all electric car chargers are generated from renewable energy.

How much do we really depend on energy?

How much do we really depend on energy?

‘Most of the population are now heavily dependent on energy’. An average office worker will use over 10 hours of the day consuming energy. Whether it be on a mobile, heating, lights, TVs, transport or in work computers and technology.  A staggering 86% (approx. 6.4 billion) of the world population use electricity every day. Only 14% (approx. 1.1 billion)  of the world population do not have electricity access:

Although having no access to electricity and energy supply comes with its own negatives such as unclean cooking and communication access, those of us who use electricity all day everyday may not realise just how dependant we are as a species on electrical and energy consumption.

UK energy consumption

energy consumption

(GOV.UK, 2019; 2018 REPORT)

The rising number of households, appliances and disposable income have meant an increased demand in energy in the UK from 1970. The number of households steadily grew from 18.8 million in 1970 to 28.0 million in 2017. Although a number of energy efficiency household precautions’ have helped to reduce effects such as; more insulation, double glazing and less water tanks due to more efficient boiler systems, may show a reduction in energy usage in the past number of years we are still polluting at a immense level. (GOV.UK;2018)

Humans are becoming more and more dependent on technology and in turn energy to activate thus technology. (Rene J et al, 2016).

Mobile phone sales rates alone have almost quadrupled in the past 9 years worldwide from 122.32 million units in 2007 to over 555.27 million units in 2018. ( This alone requires 432.95 million more mobile phone units, all needing energy to be charged daily.

Domestic gas, electricity and transport remain to be the UK’s biggest energy consumption sectors.

The UK is in the top 11 global natural gas consumers:

1      United States                                      773,200,000,000

2      European Union                                     428,800,000,000

3      Russia                                             418,900,000,000

4      China                                              186,200,000,000

5      Iran                                               186,000,000,000

6      Japan                                              123,600,000,000

7      Canada                                             114,800,000,000

8      Saudi Arabia                                       102,300,000,000

9      Germany                                            81,350,000,000

10     Mexico                                             77,930,000,000

11     United Kingdom                                     72,030,000,000

Showing although the UK is a small island it’s an economically strong country with adverse effect on energy consumption, thus meaning the UK alone contributes a large amount to global CO2 emissions :

‘Lighting and appliances account for over 70 per cent of electricity consumption with the remaining third being represented by heating, hot water, and cooking’


We must accept we are increasingly becoming a dependant population on all forms of energy and we need to utilise the best ways to be ethical, efficient and as environmental as we can. Educating ourselves and others in energy consumption and renewable energy supply.

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We must be conscious of batteries and renewables 

We must be conscious of batteries and renewables 

Renewable energy sources are raising in the demand for battery store. Battery storage such as the Eaton Xstorage systems are used to store the kinetic energy the natural energy sources create, we can then utilise this later. For example, storing solar power from the daytime to use in the night when the power is not generated.

This is a risk to consider such as the new vast “super battery” which is set to be installed at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm where, it will store power generated by 215 turbines.

Lithium demand and cobalt mining:

We need to ensure with the rising level of renewables we consider the rising demand for lithium batteries, used to store renewable energy sources. Lithium batteries run the world we live in (Laptops/ phones/ cars). As we move forward with the renewable era, it is essential to consider ethical resource management for lithium and cobalt. More than 60 per cent of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chinese companies are running many of the country’s industrial mines using more than 35,000 children, some as young as six. They are risking their lives to mine cobalt for big electronic firms, many of which are likely to be aware of the appalling conditions they work in. Ensuring no use of the sources from the ‘Democratic Republic of Congo’, is one thing we need to ensure we consider with the raising demand of batteries.

Additionally, battery up-cycling needs to be handled correctly in order to manage waste, Eaton for example are a company who manage this in a large scale. For example recycling Nissan car batteries to light the Amsterdam stadium:

The positives outweigh the negatives

At current, the dramatic positive impact that renewable energy will have on the environment will outweigh the negatives of the battery increases. We must however keep this in mind and ensure we mine cobalt ethically and we up-cycle/ recycle batteries wherever possible.

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