Green dream: win a year’s free energy with Virgin Red and Octopus Energy

Anna Brech
by Anna Brech
16 September 2021

Fancy a greener home? The dream is in reach thanks to Virgin Red, the new rewards club from Virgin.

Virgin Red members who switch to Octopus Energy via the Virgin Red app or web will now be in with a chance of winning a whole year of free energy with Octopus Energy. The company specialises in affordable greener energy and is Europe’s largest investor in solar power. 

The promotion, which runs from today (Thursday 16 September) until Sunday 21 November, is designed to encourage more Brits to make the move to green energy that’s better for the planet, the wallet and the soul. There are also 125,000 worth of Virgin Points prizes that will be distributed as runner up prizes, as part of the giveaway.

Members of Virgin Red who switch their energy provider to Octopus Energy will also earn up to 7,400 Virgin Points – Virgin Red’s universal currency – to access a range of everyday and extraordinary rewards.


According to ONS data, more than 13 million households in the UK have never changed energy providers. But if they started using a greener energy supplier like Octopus Energy to power up their homes, the positive impact on the environment could be substantial. 

With the UK residential sector accounting for 15% of the country’s carbon emissions, people are increasingly aware of the impact their personal choices can have in protecting the planet. According to new research from Virgin Red,  nearly 50% of households are looking for ways to help reduce their carbon footprint.*  


“Price, plus making environmental decisions, are the top reasons bill-payers look to switch energy providers, but still, one in four have never switched or haven’t switched for 10 years or more*,” says Charlotte Sjoberg, spokesperson at Virgin Red. 

Virgin Red is now giving members an added incentive with up to 7,400 Virgin Points up for grabs if they switch to Octopus Energy – a points boost which would cover a meal for two at Raymond Blanc’s White Brasserie, and a boost for the environment by changing to a more renewable energy provider.”

So far, Octopus Energy’s 2.4 million UK customers have saved around 2.4 billion kilos of carbon, the equivalent of the work of planting 1.19 billion trees.


 “More than 2.4 million UK homes have already made the switch, and we couldn’t be happier that record numbers of people are ditching fossil fuels,” says Michael Cottrell, spokesperson at Octopus Energy. “It’s exciting to be partnering with another great British trailblazer in Virgin, and to be working together to deliver net-zero sooner. ”

Login or become a member of Virgin Red for free right here and find out how you can earn Virgin Points by switching to Octopus Energy – as well as the chance to win a year’s worth of free energy – here

Here’s to a greener tomorrow for us all. 

*Research conducted by Atomik Research among 2,005 respondents from the UK (9th – 13th September 2021)

Promotion T&Cs: Switch to Octopus Energy between 16.09.2021 – 21.11.2021 for a chance to win 1 free energy prize subject to max. cap of £1,389.70 and Virgin Points prizes for 12 runners-up. 18+ GB resident Virgin Red members only. For full T&Cs and prize details visit Promoter: Virgin Red Limited, 66 Porchester Road, London W2 6ET