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I am proud to drive an electric car, but even prouder that when I plug in that car every night I know we are using clean power to charge it. We switched over to Arcadia Power a few months ago and are thrilled about how easy it has been and the positive impact we are having on the environment.
Arcadia Power is a nationwide renewable energy company and Certified B Corporation, which means it meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Arcadia was created to make our world better by changing the way we power our homes and businesses from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Why The Energy Source For Your Home Matters
Every light and electronic gadget that you use on a daily basis in your home relies on an energy source, but do you know where that energy is coming from? Chances are, your home is being powered by dirty sources of energy like coal-fired power plants and natural gas plants. Besides polluting our air and water and causing health problems like asthma, allergies, and cancer, these types of energy sources produce approximately 25 percent of the total global warming emissions like carbon dioxide. These emissions trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, environment, and climate.
Our homes play a huge role in the climate change challenge–and solution. The average U.S. household consumes 10,932 kilowatt-hour (kWh) per year, the equivalent of releasing 16,975 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But we can make an important decision that can help address climate change: choose cleaner energy.
Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric produce little to no global warming emissions. Arcadia Power gives you the opportunity to make this critical decision to shift your home’s energy use from dirty to clean. And they make it so simple.
When you sign up for Arcadia Power, you know that you are using clean power from wind farms throughout the country. This means you are not only reducing the impact of your electricity usage, but you are also supporting wind farms and helping to grow the clean energy economy.
Once your service starts, Arcadia monitors your monthly electricity usage via your local utility. For each kWh you use, they match it with a kWh produced by a wind farm. This is tracked by purchasing and retiring Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) on your behalf. Essentially, when you choose to buy RECs, you are creating more demand for wind energy and less demand for coal-fired and natural gas. Check out this video to easily understand how RECs work.
Sign Up Today
If you want to ensure that you use 100 percent wind energy, then sign up for Arcadia’s Premium Plan. As a Happy Science Mom reader, you will get $10 off your next utility bill. In most states, the program is just $0.015/kWh (with a $5 monthly minimum) on top of your local utility charges. For example, if you use 500 kWh with a bill of $70 per month, it would just be an extra $7.50 to use 100% wind energy; or $77.50 in total.
You can also sign up for their free plan right now. This plan means that Arcadia will cover the cost of ensuring that 50 percent of your electricity usage comes from wind power. You do not need to pay anything on top of your current utility charges with this free plan. The amount of your utility bill will stay the same, but half of your electricity will be sourced from renewable wind energy.
You will have access to a personal energy dashboard to track your usage, bills, and the positive impact you are having each month on the planet. Keep in mind, you are not changing your utility or supplier, so you can keep any program you have with your utility.
Sign up right now and start making a difference to combat climate change.
Use This As A Teaching Tool For Your Kids
Our kids are watching our every move. When we do something meaningful to help others and the world, we serve as a role model to our children. Get your kids involved with your decision to switch over to clean energy. No matter what their age, you can turn this otherwise mundane household decision into an exciting, inspiring learning experience for your entire family.
- Look at the Arcadia Power website together. It provides simple explanations, including fun videos, about what it’s all about and how wind energy works.
- Enhance your discussion with some incredibly helpful climate change resources.
- Work on science experiments focused on renewable energy topics.
- Plan a trip to tour a wind farm. Some ideas include:
How are you teaching your kids about energy efficiency in your home?