Would You Pay More For Green Energy?

Every year lately I’ve been receiving ‘Voice Your Choice’ packages from my local gas & electric company. This year I have decided to go with a new electric company which offers “green” energy for a little more per kilowatt hour. Per the brochure, green energy is referring to water and wind energy, as opposed to the non-green energy of burning coal and/or etc.

I was surprised to learn that electricity in my part of the world was generated by anything but water given my close proximity to Niagara Falls. Grrr, this is where I need my Dad so I can ask him, because his Dad used to work at a gas & electric company, and he would know.

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So here’s my question, pretending I can believe the ‘Voice Your Choice’ brochure about green vs. non-green energy, if you were in my shoes, would you pay a bit more per kilowatt hour for green energy?

P.S. I wasn’t trying to trip anyone up with the woolly caterpillar question, I just assumed everyone knew that the size of the orange band on the caterpillar represented how mild or how bad winter is going to be. A narrower orange band predicts a bad winter vs. a wider orange band predicts a mild winter (Thanks for the correction Jen – I was totally fried when I wrote this last night). That’s it! Sorry about that.

Blog Action Day: The Environment

Thanks to Susan Gets Native who stated in her blog that today is Blog Action Day and the topic is The Environment.

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I think I’ve blogged about this before and the things I do to try to help our environment. These are simple things, really, but it takes time to implement them. And I am far from perfect, as it is all a learning process.

1. I try to buy only organic products. Yes, I know the term organic is overused, but if it means supporting my local farmers in their efforts to not use pesticides on their produce, I am so there for them. (Yes, I understand there are mega chemicals in our environment so nothing is truly organic).

2. Which gets at my second point. I try to buy local. I would rather support my hard-working local organic farmers and pay a little more for their produce than to support the non-organic produce being shipped across the country. Shipping produce (which is mostly water anyway) across the country may have less impact on my pocket-book, but it has a greater negative impact on the environment. And their produce tastes so much better!

3. My yard is completely natural. No chemicals, none of the bad things are used in my yard that hurt the environment. My lawn is not perfect and I don’t care. The environment, the birdies, and all living things that gather in my backyard are more important to me than the perfect lawn.

4. My gardens are completely natural. I use the leaves that fall from the trees every fall as my plant’s mulch and natural fertilizer. The worms, the snakes and the toads, oh my, they love this environment! And the plants love the leaves and the worms and snakes and toads, and everyone is happy.

5. I compost my produce kitchen scraps and also use this on my gardens.

6. I use natural house-cleaning products and paper products. Some of the companies I support are Ecover, Seventh Generation, Olde Tyme 1881 Super Pine, Earth Friendly and Natural Value. There’s probably more that I’ll think of later, but this list is a good start. You can find more ideas at your local healthy food and products store, like Wholefoods if you’re so lucky to have one in your town. Or you can find products online at such places like Frontier Natural Co-Op or at Kokopelli’s Green Market.

7. I use only natural / organic products on my skin and hair. I like Aubrey’s Organics and 17th Century Suds, a company located in Ithaca, NY (back to my buying local point).

I’m sure there’s more I do that I’ll think of later, but this list is a good start for what I try to do to help The Environment. I look forward to reading what others have to say on this topic today!