Welcome to the latest edition of the Pure Planet Community monthly highlights and points round-up.
This month, April. The end of Winter, the showers, and even a bit of snow. The start of summer, the beginning of the end of a long lockdown.
Firstly, all of us at Pure Planet’s virtual HQ - we are all working mostly remotely, from home and abroad with some of the team overseas - send everyone our best wishes.
I hope that you’re doing well, under the circumstances. We’re slowly taking some cautious steps back to ‘normal’ with yours truly venturing into the office for the first time since last November. The plants have seen better days, but it was heartwarming to hear some office sounds - the tapping of keyboards, a boiling kettle.
Have you ventured out yet? Some community Members shared their first post-lockdown adventures as restrictions were lifted at last. It looks like
Last month we celebrated the fantastic news that the new US president Joe Biden has committed to taking action on climate change. The headline news kicked off a very interesting debate here in the Pure Planet Community about whether aiming for ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is, in fact, enough to prevent lots of suffering and damage due to global warming.
The re-focusing of the world’s attention on climate change coincided with Google releasing some really fascinating time lapse videos of how landscapes have dramatically changed in the last three decades, plus climate change campaigner Great Thunberg presented a new TV series which is amazing, and scary, so definitely check it out.
April 2021 was the month that our community celebrated 50,000 registered Members, which is a wonderful milestone.
The winner of the community photo competition for April, which had a mystery challenge theme, is
A big thanks to those Community Members who took part in some testing of new EV related app pages we’re working on. A shout out to
And here at Pure Planet we published our latest wholesale energy blog which, unfortunately, explains how the price of electricity has risen by 61% and gas is up 56% over the last year. So anyone coming off a fixed tariff soon and wondering why the new tariff offer is higher… it’s worth having a read.
We also released an update to the PP app and web account which had some handy bug fixes, but was mostly laying some foundations for a few new features coming next. Speaking of which…...
Looking ahead to what’s coming up in May and beyond
This could be one of our busiest months for some time.
Firstly, we’re close to launching our first ever Pure Planet prepay, or pay as you go tariff, called Smart PAYG. Watch this space….
And we’ve just announced very exciting news about a technology partnership with bp which is going to mean lots of exciting improvements to the Pure Planet app, related to smart homes and EVs. We’re running a community Q&A with our head of new products so feel free to jump in and ask him anything!
With the recent easing of lockdown restrictions we’ve managed to (finally!) install the three smart thermostats in the homes of Pure Planet Members, so we’re looking forward to hearing more about how that goes.
We’re also hoping to start a smart meters pilot with community members who’ve got storage heaters, and there’s probably room for more, so check out this post if you’re interested.
Finally, and most importantly, a massive welcome to
Pure Planet Community points for April 2021
Each month we say thanks to those who contribute to our community by asking and answering questions and participating in discussions on all things related to Pure Planet and renewable energy, and just generally keeping the community safe and fun.
Here's a quick guide to how the Pure Planet community points work which includes how much points are worth, guidance on how to earn points (without giving away our top secret formula!) and when you’ll be able to redeem your points.
Band One - 1,500 points:
Band Two - 1,000 points:
Band Three - 500 points:
Band Four - 200 points:
Band Five - 100 points:
That’s it for the April community round-up. Thanks for checking it out.