Green Energy Suppliers
Renewable energy is quickly becoming a player in the energy supply industry, and it's easier than ever for homeowners to power their homes without fossil fuels.
In a perfect world, green homeowners would collect all of their energy needs on-site with solar and wind power. While home-based renewable energy is also becoming more prevalent and affordable, it can still be an expensive endeavor out of the reach of most.
Purchasing Green Energy
Electricity generation is one of the largest sources of pollution, and the burning of fossil fuels in the form of coal and natural gas is a major contributor of climate changing gases in the atmosphere.
Renewable, or green, electricity is produced in a variety of ways, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydro. Companies are making it easier than ever to support the fledgling green energy industry by buying green power, which is one of the easiest, affordable, most effective ways to lower your home's environmental impact, as well as protect against the continually rising cost of fossil fuels.
The first step every homeowner should take to 'green' their home is to increase the energy efficiency of the home. Using efficient, Energy Star-certified appliances, lights, HVAC systems, and other electrical devices can greatly reduce a home's energy usage and cost, regardless of how the energy is produced.
Options for Purchasing Green Power
Electricity utilities are more and more frequently offering 'green energy' options to their customers. When you elect to buy green power from a utility, you will typically pay a small premium on your electric bill, based on how much of your home's electricity you choose to get from renewables (up to 100% of your home's electricity).
While you're paying a premium for green power, it's important to remember that the ACTUAL energy supplied to your home isn't necessarily produced with renewables. All electricity, whether it's from a coal-powered power plant, wind turbine, nuclear facility, solar panels, etc., is sent into the same power grid. There's no way to send only electrons produced with renewables to your home. What you are buying is a renewable energy certificate (also known as a green tag, green certificate, or green credit) which certifies that however much electricity your home is using, an equal amount of electricity is being generated with renewables by the utility.
Purchasing green power this way is advantageous for a number of reasons. The premium you pay helps utilities invest in major renewable energy projects such as wind farms. It allows renewable energy to be created to equal the power your home uses without having to be nearby, and most importantly from a homeowner's point of view, it requires no special equipment or wiring, and you get the same reliable supply of electricity everyone else does.
Green Energy Suppliers in Your Area
The availability of green power programs varies by region, although more companies and utilities are offering this option all the time. Green power programs go by a variety of names such as 3Degrees, NextEra Energy, Renewable Choice Energy, GreenWise, Green Generation, EnviroWatts..... well, you get the idea.
The EPA has a wonderful website that lists all available green power programs available in your state. Visit this EPA site to see what is offered in your area.
For a green homeowner, or any homeowner for that matter, purchasing green power is an affordable, effective, and simple way to support the new, but rapidly growing, renewable energy industry.comments powered by Disqus