Use Green Energy Without Actually Installing Any Green Technologies
If you’ve read my previous post about my grossly outdated apartment, you know it really bothers me to live in an energy inefficient home. So when I came across Arcadia Power, I just had to learn more.
Arcadia Power essentially offers to be the middle man between you and your power provider. More specifically, Arcadia Power analyzes your power bill, and depending upon the plan you choose, offsets your power use with the purchase of renewable energy certificates, or RECs, for short. Seeing that this term isn’t exactly common terminology, I figured I’d take a minute to explain the concept a bit further.
A REC is issued by a power company when that company generates a specific amount of renewable energy (1 MWh, to be exact). When Arcadia Power purchases RECs from wind farms, the company is essentially buying wind-based power on your behalf. So while the energy you are actually using in your home may be predominately supplied by coal or nuclear-based power plants, you are still supporting the growth of wind energy by having Arcadia Power purchase RECs on your behalf. And by supporting the growth of wind energy, you’re allowing renewable energy to take over a larger share of the power generation market.
Now let’s get back to what Arcadia Power can specifically do for you:
For free: you can ensure that half of your power use is accounted for using wind energy RECs.
For an additional 1.5 cents/kWh: you can ensure that all of your power use is accounted for using wind energy RECs.
Now, if you’re not familiar with your home’s average energy use every month, let me throw this number at you: the average American uses 867 kWh of energy a month. Multiply this average by the number of people in your household and the cost per kWh (1.5 cents) and you’ll arrive at the total amount of extra cash you’ll have to fork over every month.
Now, if you’re really looking to go the extra mile, you can even invest in solar energy by participating in Arcadia Power’s Community Solar Program wherein you buy solar panels at solar farms and directly earn back your money, and then some, with the power that’s generated by the panels you’ve purchased.
To learn more about the services Arcadia Power offers, click here.
And if I’ve totally sold you and you’re looking for a sign-on bonus, copy and paste my referral link into your search bar to receive up to $25 off your next energy bill (I also get the same perk when you sign-up).
I only recently signed up for this service, so I can’t tell you what it’s going to be like to use in the long-term. . . But so far I’ve been pleased. The sign-up process was easy and there are no hidden fees. I’ll update this post once I’ve been using the service for a few months.