Find out where your electricity comes from and how it is generated
Do you know where your electricity comes from? Most of us don’t think about it much, we just pay the bill and flip the switch. But the source of your power can have a huge impact on the environment and your health.
Different types of electricity generation have different levels of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, water use, land use and waste. Some sources are renewable, meaning they can be replenished naturally and don’t run out. Others are non-renewable, meaning they rely on finite resources that will eventually run out and cause environmental damage.
Compare different utility companies and their renewable energy options
Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass. These sources have low or zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, and use natural resources that are abundant and clean. Non-renewable energy sources include coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. These sources have high emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, and use resources that are scarce and dirty.
Choose a provider that offers wind, solar, or nuclear power as a source of electricity
The electricity mix in your area depends on the availability of resources, the cost of production, the demand of consumers and the policies of governments. You can find out what sources your utility company uses by checking their website or contacting them directly. You can also compare different utility companies in your area and see if you can switch to a greener one.
Demand action from your local government and community to support clean energy initiatives
But you don’t have to settle for what your utility company offers. You can also shop around for renewable energy options that suit your needs and preferences. For example, you can install solar panels on your roof or join a community solar project. You can buy green power certificates or renewable energy credits that support clean energy projects. You can sign up for a green power program that lets you choose a percentage of renewable energy for your electricity supply.
Be aware of the environmental and social benefits of switching to renewable energy
By choosing renewable energy, you are not only saving money and reducing your environmental footprint. You are also sending a powerful message to the utility companies and the government that you care about the future of the planet and its people. You are demanding action to transition to a clean energy economy that will create jobs, improve health and mitigate climate change. You are joining a growing movement of consumers who are making a difference with their everyday choices.
So don’t just pay the bill when it comes. Check where your electricity comes from and make sure it’s renewable. If it’s not, find an energy provider that gives you options like wind or solar power. By making this change, you can change society and the trajectory of the planet.