PEOPLE who live in Bristool – sorry, we mean Bristol – will be able to have their homes powered by human poo. The Bristol Energy Company offers custom
PEOPLE who live in Bristool – sorry, we mean Bristol – will be able to have their homes powered by human poo.
The Bristol Energy Company offers customers a tariff which turns human waste into electricity and gas to heat their homes.
Bristol Energy Company Bristol Energy Company is now offering a tariff where the energy comes from human poo
The energy supplier has teamed up with GENeco, the brains behind the Bristol “poo bus”, to offer a service that means customers can power their home with a truly green gas.
The sewage waste of a million people across the city is turned into biomethane, an environmentally friendly substitute for the fossil fuel natural gas.
The energy company is owned by Bristol City Council and also promises to pump profits back into the local community.
So how does it work? It’s a bit complicated but bear with us.
How to save on your energy bills
SWITCHING energy providers can sound like hassle – but fortunately it’s pretty straight forward to change supplier – and save lots of cash.
1. Shop around – If you’re on an SVT deal you are throwing away more than £300 a year. Use a comparion site like MoneySuperMarket.com or EnergyHelpline.com to see what best deals are available to you.
The cheapest deals are usually found online and are fixed deals – meaning you’ll pay a fixed amount usually for 12 months.
2. Switch – When you’ve found one, all you have to do is contact the new supplier.
It helps to have the following information – which you can find on your bill – to hand to give the new supplier.
Your postcode Name of your existing supplier Name of your existing deal and how much you pay An up-to-date meter reading
It will then notify your current supplier and begin the switch.
It should take no longer than three weeks to complete the switch and your supply won’t be interrupted in that time.
Your poo is treated and turned into what’s called sludge. This sludge goes through anaerobic digestion, a process much like our own digestive system, which creates biogas.
This biogas is then cleaned up and upgraded into something that’s exactly the same composition as natural gas – 98 per cent methane.
GENeco treats 75,000,000m3 of sewage waste every year – enough to power 8,300 homes – which is also the same amount of methane produced by all the dairy cows in Wales when they fart, which contributes to greenhouse gases.
London News Pictures The ‘poo bus’ was trialled around on Bristol’s number two route – but it eventually went down the pan
People who sign up to the green energy suppliers will get 100 per cent of their electricity powered by the gases and 15 per cent of their gas will be green.
They’re not the only company that uses human waste to create energy – Northumbrian Water and Severn Trent also offer a similar service.
According to the firm, the average price of the My Green Plus tariff is £982 per year for an average consumption customer, averaged out across all regions.
The Big Six standard variable tariffs average out at £1,146, and green gas rivals Ecotricity and Good Energy average at £1,250.