Consumers value clean air. Renewable energy helps to achieve that goal by reducing carbon emissions from power plants run by coal and gas. But how can you have renewable energy if you don’t have the means to construct a renewable energy system in your home?
Signing up to buy renewable energy from your utility is one option. Check with your utility company to see what possibilities are available in your area if you want to switch to “green” electricity.
You can also contact the energy office in your state. If you’re on a budget plan, find out how signing a renewable energy contract will affect your monthly costs before making the switch.
Even if no company offers it in your area, you can still get green electricity. Most renewable energy suppliers offer Renewable Energy Credits, which are also known as green tags from wind power farms. You can purchase certificates from a variety of renewable energy sources and you can buy solar, landfill gas, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower or wind certificates.
However, one downside is that you cannot charge the green tags to your power company. You’ll need to figure out how much electricity you use in kilowatt-hours. The supplier can then sell you enough tags to cover your usage. Or you can negotiate a deal that covers a percentage of it.
One perk is that you can buy green tags to cover not only your energy consumption, but also other fossil fuel consumption. An example is when you need to burn fossil fuels to transport it. All you have to do now is make the necessary conversions.
It’s worth noting that in none of the aforementioned scenarios, “green” electrons will be sent to your home. The company you hire will purchase enough green tags from a renewable energy source to meet its obligations to you. On the electrical grid, the electrons mix with the other electrons.
Your money, on the other hand, goes to help renewable energy generators build more renewable energy power plants. This ensures that there will be more renewable energy to buy in the future.