Renewable Energy for a Greener Germany – it’s easier than you think
September • 14th, 2021
By Taryn Hart from the Ostrom team
New in Germany and looking for an energy provider? Or looking to switch from your current energy provider to one that is ‘greener’? Here’s why switching to a green energy provider is a good idea for both you and the environment.
There’s a common misconception that renewable energy is more expensive than fossil fuels, but due to increased investments in wind and solar as more people make the greener choice, this is no longer the case.
However, as of 2021, Germany's electricity mix is still only around 50% renewable, and because of this the electricity that comes out of your wall sockets is labeled “grey”. This means that you will always receive a mixture of fossil fuel and green electricity from the grid—but this is exactly why you should switch to a green energy provider today!
By doing so, you’re ensuring that the exact amount of energy you use is being fed back into the grid from renewable sources, and the money you pay for that energy goes towards building more renewable energy plants, rather than being invested in more fossil fuels.
Making the Right Switch
You can switch to a green provider at any time, but until recently this was a complicated process involving a lot of paperwork and long-term contracts, sometimes even involving a fax machine, and of course, all in German.
Traditional providers will often offer a “new customer bonus”, spread out across the first year to win people over. Once that year is over, however, prices are often increased significantly, and you’re left locked into an expensive contract for another year.
No wonder many people continue to believe green energy is unattainable when simply finding and switching to one can be a nightmare. There are over 1000 providers to choose from in Germany, so how do know you’re making the right switch?
Renewable Energy in Germany...in English!
Enter Ostrom, a 100% green electricity provider with live customer support, flexible monthly contracts, and an app to help you keep track of your usage and payment, all offered in English! Better yet, all you need to do to make the switch is sign up on their website (link) and they’ll do everything else for you, including breaking things off with your ex-provider.
Ostrom has also signed with Maßbach Solar Plant in Bavaria, so you can be sure that for every unit you use, a solar unit is produced and put on the grid—truly renewable!
What does Ostrom Offer?
- Flexibility: Sign up today, cancel any time. No 12- or 24- month contracts!
- English Support: Get all your paperwork and contracts in English, or contact our English-speaking customer service team any time.
- Transparency: One simple monthly plan, no markups, and definitely no fake discounts.
- Everything Online: No more post, and definitely no fax! Get everything online, and use our app to monitor your consumption and adjust your monthly payment accordingly.
- Genuinely Green Energy: We only partner with reliable green electricity sources across Germany, so you know your money is going to the right places.
Switching to Green: It’s That Easy
Switching to a green energy provider is the most effortless way of reducing your carbon footprint, studies have even shown it cuts twice the emissions as eating a plant-based diet. Ostrom has gone and made it even easier, all you need to sign up is your address, and they'll do the rest.
Find out more over on www.ostrom.de, and make the switch today.