Being house-proud is a way of life nowadays. Between the reclaimed-wood shelving we installed ourselves and our Insta-ready powder rooms, there's plenty to boast about. But we still have one dirty little secret: a whopping 88 percent of the average household's energy comes from fossil fuels and nuclear power. Of course, we all want to do our part to help stop climate change and, if given the choice, to use renewable energy like solar and wind to wash our Turkish bath sheets, the answer would be a resounding heck yeah. But what if you can't afford solar panels, or you live in an apartment? Turns out the answer is simple, and can even save you money.
Arcadia Power is a nationwide energy service that enables members to easily support renewable energy and access energy savings. They're dedicated to giving members power over where their energy comes from, and what it costs. And, right now, they're offering to source your energy usage from clean wind energy at no charge. As in zero dollars. Even better, they don't believe in complicated, lock-in contracts so there are no hidden terms. (Also, it in no way entails installing a wind turbine in your backyard, because that would be weird.)
It works like this: Connect your local utility account to Arcadia Power's online energy platform and choose how you prefer to have your power bills paid each month. When you pay your local utility bill through Arcadia's energy platform their system will automatically source your energy usage from clean wind energy at no cost to you. (Extra perk: there are no fees on Arcadia Power's billing platform, so you can earn those credit card reward points with each power bill!) The system then monitors your energy sources, usage and rates and recommends custom offerings that can help you save money and further support renewable energy.
There's another bonus, too. Just over half of the U.S. population lives in a deregulated energy state, where you can save up to 30% on your monthly energy bill with Arcadia Power (while supporting clean, renewable energy). Homeowners and renters in these states have the ability to choose and buy energy on the market, but most people don't know how to "shop around" for an energy supplier. And even if they do, contracts for single residential customers are not often in your favor.
To solve this, Arcadia Power uses proprietary technology and the aggregate buying power of their members to secure exclusively low rates from the market -- saving their members up to hundreds of dollars a year. The more customers that sign up, the more savings Arcadia Power is able to drive to the community.
If you live in any of these states, you can start saving with Arcadia Power today. If you don't, you can still access wind energy at no extra cost through Arcadia Power and save with their community solar programs and discounted home efficiency products.
And if that doesn't make you even prouder of your home, what will?
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Deanna Kizis is a journalist and author. She's the former West Coast editor of Elle magazine and a former contributing editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Her byline has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Self, Allure, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Elle Décor, Domino, Vanity Fair, among others. Her novels, How to Meet Cute Boys and Finishing Touches got rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Us Weekly, People and Elle magazine.