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Small efforts can improve your energy consumption, by taking action you will protect the environment and lower your energy bills. Your action can take place by bringing change to your house or by purchasing appliances and goods that have a low energy consumption.

To have a better idea of what you need to do you can improve your home energy consumption by running the home energy yardstick and the home energy advisor.

A very good information when buying appliances is to look at their Energy Star rating.

Renewable energy are less damaging for the environment fossil fuel energy,which release pollutants in the air (arsenic, mercury, NOx..) and greenhouse gases. You can decide to buy energy exclusively coming from renewable energy, by doing this you will encourage energy companies to switch from traditional energy source to greener ones.

The companies from which you can buy energy made from renewable energy are listed at Green Energy Certificates. The table is reproduced below.

Green Energy Certificate Product Offerings
(as of October 2003)
Certificate Marketer
Product Name
Renewable Resources
Location of Renewable Resources
Residential Price Premiums1
Certification
3 Phases Energy Services
Green Certificates
100% new wind
Nationwide
2.0¢/kWh
Green-e
Aquila, Inc.
Aquila Green Credits
(non-residential only)
100% new wind
Kansas
N/A
Green-e
Big Green Energy
GeoVerde Energy
100% biomass
Georgia
N/A
Green-e
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Green Tags
99% new wind, up to 1% new solar
Washington, Oregon, Wyoming
2.0¢/kWh
Green-e
Community Energy
New Wind Energy
100% new wind
Pennsylvania, West Virginia
2.5¢/kWh
Green-e
Constellation NewEnergy/ERT
EcoPower Certificates
100% landfill gas, 40% new
Illinois
N/A
ERT
EAD Environmental
100% Wind Renewable Energy Certificates
100% new wind
Nationwide
1.5¢/kWh
(Green-e for non-residential only)
Green Mountain Energy
TRCs
(non-residential only)
100% renewable
Nationwide
N/A
Green-e
Maine Interfaith Power & Light
Green Tags (supplied by BEF)
99% new wind, up to 1% new solar
Washington, Oregon, Wyoming
2.0¢/kWh
Mainstay Energy
Fossil Free 100% Renewable
100% renewable
Nationwide
2.0¢/kWh
Green-e
Mainstay Energy
Fossil Free 100% Wind
100% wind
Nationwide
2.5¢/kWh
Green-e
Mainstay Energy
Fossil Free 100% Solar
100% solar
Nationwide
20¢/kWh
Green-e
Mass Energy/People's Power and Light
New England Wind
100% new wind
Massachusetts
3.5¢/kWh
Green-e
NativeEnergy
WindBuilders
100% new wind
South Dakota
1.0¢/kWh

$10 per ton of CO2 avoided
Climate Neutral Network
NativeEnergy
Vermont CoolHome (residential only)
New biogas and new wind
Vermont (biomass), South Dakota (wind)
1.0¢/kWh

$10 per ton of CO2 avoided
NativeEnergy
WindBuilders Gift Certificate
100% new wind
South Dakota
$10 to $15 per ton of CO2 avoided
Climate Neutral Network
NativeEnergy
WindBuilders Business Partners (non-residential only)
100% new wind
South Dakota, Minnesota
<1.0¢/kWh

<$10 per ton of CO2 avoided
Climate Neutral Network
PG&E National Energy Group
PureWind Certificates
100% new wind
New York
4.0¢/kWh
Peoples Energy Services/ERT
EcoPower Certificates
100% landfill gas, 40% new
Illinois
N/A
ERT
Renewable Choice Energy
American Wind
100% new wind
Nationwide
4.0¢/kWh
Green-e
Sterling Planet
Green America
40% wind,
35% biomass,
15% geothermal,
5% low-impact hydro, 5% solar,
(all new)
Nationwide
1.6¢/kWh on average
Green-e
Sun Power Electric Corporation
ReGen
(available in New England only)
99% new landfill gas, 1% new solar
New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
3.6¢/kWh
Green-e
Waverly Light & Power
Iowa Energy Tags
100% new wind
Iowa
2.0¢/kWh
WindCurrent
Chesapeake Windcurrent
100% wind
West Virginia
2.5¢/kWh-3.0¢/kWh
Green-e
Footnote:
1 Large users may be able to negotiate price premiums.
N/A = Not applicable.

Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Source: The Green Power Network

 

 


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Links

Energy Star:
www.energystar.gov/

Green Energy Certificate:
www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower

US Department of Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency:
www.eere.energy.gov/