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What made 2018 a great year for Pure Planet?

Thursday, 17 January 20195 minute read
Pure Planet

Before January’s end, a quick look back at our 2018 year in review

2018 was a landmark year for us here at Pure Planet. Our first full year operating commercially has seen a meteoric increase in our learning and doing. Learning many new things, doing old things better, and fundamentally, helping people get clean, renewable energy affordably.

We won some awards — for our tech innovations, our environmental contributions, and our people policies. We can proudly say we provide 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon offset gas to all our Members. And winning the Best Place to Work award may have something to do with our unlimited holiday, and our equal parental leave.

Reflecting on the past year is also our chance to say thanks. Thank you to our Members, our ever growing Pure Planet Community, our suppliers, and our team.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Here are some of the highlights:

January

Balls were thrown at TEDx Brighton. Why? Because our co-founder Steven shared his one lonely thought… The film went live in January. Watch it here.

Pure Planet's co-founder presenting on stage at TEDx Brighton

February

We moved our office from Bristol to Bath. A growing tech hub, home to energy specialists and world class IT wizards like Bryn. We also enjoyed being part of local events like the Bath Digital Festival.

The Pure Planet team in the office

March

Last winter’s “Beast from the East” saw wholesale energy prices rocket, and for the first time since we started we had to increase our Members’ rate.

Pure Planet team discussing prices on a TV

April

Our app release made getting a quote and joining even quicker. The app is personalised to our Members, from joining us to tracking your usage.

Pure Planet app on an iPhone screen

May

Our innovation meant that we were able to lower our Membership fees from £10 a month per fuel to £8.50.

We also invited some of our Community Members in to visit Pure Planet HQ for our first ever Community day.

Pure Planet team and Community Members in the office

June

We surrounded ourselves with bright sparks at Fully Charged Live. Steven spoke about smart homes, and I spoke about Women in STEM. We’ll be there at Silverstone again this year from 9–12th June, so come and say hello!

We ran a zero carbon commute day on the summer solstice, for our team and our Members to cut their carbon emissions.

We also launched our green car scheme — discounted electric vehicles and hybrids for our team, and announced our employee share option scheme.

The Pure Planet team on stage at Full Charged Live Team member with her bike for Pure Planet's zero carbon commute day

July

Our digital assistant WattBot got an upgrade. Behind the scenes our AI engine is constantly learning from context to give better answers first time. Our growing team in Bath is always there to provide help and support as well.

Pure Planet's digital assistant WattBot logo

August

Community Manager Marc test drove a Nissan Leaf for a week (charged with Pure Planet electricity of course). He even visited one of our Community Members. It’s electrifying — we gotta shape up for getting around in 2019.

Man in the drivers seat of an electric vehicle

September

It’s our birthday! To celebrate we crunched the numbers to see just how much carbon dioxide our Members had saved over the year by using their 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon offset gas.

Our Wise Renewab-owl roosted in the streets of Bath as part of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail, and was auctioned off for charity at the end of the summer.

Owl statue in a park

October

We launched our new website and app, with a lot more information and functionality. It looks pretty swish too.

We also zipped around Bath, Bristol and beyond on the new Brompton electric. Here’s our review.

Pure Planet team member on an electric bike in Bath

November

Our Community rewards program came out of beta, which rewards our stand out Members. You too can earn rewards — we’d love for you to join the conversation.

Are you interested in where your renewable energy comes from? Phil and I went to straight to the source — here’s his account.

Man standing in front of wind turbines

December

We launched our Sustainable Development Goals campaign, We started with Lorelei’s reverse advent calendar to collect donations for Julian House. Marc is championing this month, with some food for thought about Zero Hunger.

People stood in front of a charity shop holding boxes

We’ve got a big list of things we want to do better in 2019. We love the suggestions and feedback you’ve given, so keep it coming — and we’ll keep implementing. Thank you for being part of our journey at the beginning.

And hey, we’re just getting started.

There’s lots more to come. Keep updated via our blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

And whether you’re looking to go green in 2019, or just save a bit of cash, you can get a quote here. It takes just 60 seconds.

Laura
Marketing Cloud Specialist