Customers of UK utility Bristol Energy, who switched to the Big Issue Super Green Tariff, have raised over £30,000 within one year.
The money will be used by street paper/social enterprise and the utility to tackle fuel poverty, support local communities and advocate for renewable energy.
For every consumer who joined the two-year fixed tariff, Bristol Energy donated £30 to The Big Issue.
Energy supplied to customers is 100% generated from renewables.
The money raised will be specifically dispersed to help vendors who have been temporarily moved from selling in the streets due to Coronavirus.
Allan Booth, Managing Director at Bristol Energy, said: “Bristol Energy and The Big Issue are two very different organisations, but together, we’re celebrating a partnership of shared values. We strive to support our local communities and eliminate social injustice. By switching to the Big Issue Super Green Tariff, people are helping us help The Big Issue thrive, and the timing couldn’t be more vital, amid this national emergency.
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“Inevitably, Covid-19 has resulted in the friendly Big Issue faces and voices we’re used to interacting with absent from the public eye. While it’s great news The Big Issue is being sold in stores for the very first time, more needs to be done to keep this momentous newspaper movement alive. Switching to The Big Issue Super Green Tariff is one easy way to support The Big Issue’s work and make a difference.”
The utility has also raised £50,000 through its Fuel Good Fund to help households address climate change and fuel poverty. In January, the utility launched three new green energy tariffs, in a bid to help Bristol meet its 2030 carbon neutral target.