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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Green plan: Sign up for green power from my utility

Still working on my green plan! A few years ago at Earth Day, I thought I had signed up for Pacific Power's Blue Sky Renewable Energy program but in checking my statement, I had not so I went on to their website to find out what I could do to get the ball rolling.

Why sign up? You're purchasing renewable energy and if you're not able to purchase a renewable energy source for your home (such as solar), this is an affordable option that tells your power company you support their renewable efforts. (Thanks Practically Green! I never thought about it that way).

So how do you do this? Call your utility company or visit their website. In Oregon, I see the Blue Sky crew often at local events.

The options Blue Sky? You can buy blocks of power at $1.95 per block or calculate your usage and pay $.012 per kilowatt (with my usage, it would be around $5). They had these cute little graphics that explained the options without confusing me. Gotta love a user friendly website for the mathematically challenged.

Block option with Blue Sky:
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Usage option:
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I went with buying one block for $1.95.  Yes, just one block. We're taking baby steps, folks and anyway helps out, right?  This is the impact of my $1.95 a month block over the course of a year.
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Checked it off at Practically Green and guess what ...
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I am now superbly green! Woo hoo!
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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great idea!!None of us can do it all, but we all can do something! ~ Anne



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