Hi everyone, and welcome to the latest Pure Planet Community highlights and points round-up for May 2021.
After donning our raincoats for most of the month, the sunshine is finally here as we head into Summer, and celebrate being able to hug loved ones again! We were also lucky enough to host a virtual meet-up with Community members in May - it was great to see some friendly faces, and share upcoming features with you all.
Our gardens are coming along nicely, allowing for loads of excellent pics here in the Community. Check out
We weren’t the only ones out enjoying the sun -
How do you use the Community - do you come here to find advice, or just fancy a chat? Bev’s started a really interesting poll to find out. Meanwhile
May’s ‘patterns’ photo challenge saw
June’s photo challenge theme is ‘Nature and wildlife’, hopefully the sun keeps shining so we can all get some good snaps throughout the month. We’re also sharing photos of nature among the PP team, so look for some extra contributions this month!
May also saw plenty of fantastic discussions around all things sustainability.
It was the month in which the price of plastic bags officially doubled - how many do you buy a year?
Our newest member of the Community team
It was also announced that new gas boilers face a ban by 2025.
There was plenty of Pure Planet news throughout May. At the start of the month we were able to announce our new technology partnership with bp. As part of this, we also ran a Q+A with our Head of New Products and Services, Will. He’s answered all your questions in this post, including the future of self-driving cars, future EV links with bp, and the real hard-hitting stuff like what his t-shirt is made of. Thanks everyone for submitting your questions!
We also announced a price increase to our 100% Green Variable tariff, for both electricity and gas. That’s because wholesale prices are continuing to climb - all the info is available here.
May’s app and web update saw bug fixes to your ‘usage’ section - as always, your feedback is appreciated in helping us identify any issues, and therefore fixing them. You can always let us know your thoughts in our testing and feedback section, here.
In the world of smart meters, we provided an update about our progress with upgrading SMETS1 meters to the SMETS2 network, following a further delay by the Data Communications Company.
And speaking of smart meters, over in our Pure Planet Futures section we published the results of our half-hourly testing. It showed an amazing 88% of you would be willing to share your household info if this led to more personalised and accurate insights about your energy consumption. A big thank you to all who took part.
Meanwhile, here in the Community we’ve launched some testing for a new Community search, to look into whether it leads to improved results. This testing will be going on throughout June - you can add any thoughts and feedback about this to our post here.
There are plenty of exciting updates coming soon, that we can’t wait to share with you all. From some exciting new and improved Community features, to a Pure Planet app redesign, June is shaping up to be a busy one. We’ll be sure to post updates here in the Community.
And now, most importantly of all (of course!) it’s that time of year again - the Pure Planet Community rewards window is open!
Over the next couple of weeks Community members will receive an email with their rewards - these are for Community points earned from 1 December 2020 to 31 May 2021. Thank you for all your contributions so far in 2021, and for making the Community such a fun and informative place.
Pure Planet Community points for May 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:
And this month, our Mystery Band (worth a whopping 2,500 points), goes to
That’s it for the May community round-up. Thanks for checking it out!