Imagine this: imagine getting your electricity from a local wind farm instead of a coal fired power plant. Imagine knowing that every time you flick on a switch, you’re helping support renewable energy, and its future growth.
The problem with this scenario is that many people think that renewable energy isn’t available to them. But, that assumption is wrong. More than half of American household have access to green power if they want it. They just don’t know it.
If you’d like to get green, renewable energy for your home but really don’t know where or how to get started, then it’s your lucky day.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a very cool interactive map that shows you all the green power choices that are available for your area. You sign up through your local energy provider and viola! Your power now comes from a renewable source instead of a coal or nuclear powered plant.
My Own Green Power
After I discovered the EPA Green Power Locater Map, I was super excited to sign up my own house. My local electric company, DTE, has a green power program called Green Currents. And, the Green Current power comes from wind, cow power (bio gas), and landfill gas. So of course, I signed up.
Now it’s important to realize that you ARE going to pay more for renewable energy. Prices differ with each program.
My own kWh price will go up 2 cents now that I’ve signed up under Green Current. I was paying 9 cents per kWh. Now I’m going to be paying 11 cents.
But, I strongly believe it’s worth the extra charge. It will prompt me to use even less energy, for one. And, profits from the program go to fund other renewable energy programs. So, it’s truly an investment in green energy and future development.
Plus, all the green energy through Green Currents is Michigan based. So I’m helping support my local renewable energy community with the program. I love that idea.
Want to Sign Up for Your Own Renewable Energy Program?
I don’t know about other programs, but signing up with DTE’s Green Currents was super easy, and took less than two minutes. If you’d like to check out the green energy programs in your own state, then head over to the EPA Green Power Locator Map to take a look!