Thinking Green

How to Buy Green Power for Your Home

By: Danny Lipford

Over half of the electricity in the U.S. is produced by burning coal, which releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. To reduce your carbon footprint, consider purchasing green power for your home instead.

Many utility companies have a green energy option that allows you to purchase your electricity from a renewable energy source, such as wind or solar, rather than power generated by coal. To find out if green electricity is available in your area, go to the state by state map at Buying Green Power on the U.S. Department of Energy website.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Did you know that over half the energy produced in America is generated by coal? I think that’s one of the most anti-green concepts we still face. Besides using an unsustainable resource, it creates a massive carbon footprint on our planet.

The next time you get your power bill, look at it closely, and see if there is a green energy option listed. This option means your utility company buys renewable energy generated by wind or solar, and then passes it along to you. It does cost a little bit more, but not much, and it really helps to support clean, green power.

You can search for these companies through a website created by the U.S. Department of Energy. You can even find out what the source of the renewable power is in your area along with the rates. Just type “green power network” in your favorite search engine to find out if one is in your area.



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