$20 Off Your Power Bill By Switching To CLEAN Energy (without solar panels)

Have you always wanted to support clean energy but couldn’t because of rent or pricey solar panels?

Now you can direct your power bill to use clean energy. This is a free service. It takes 5 minutes to set up, and it gives you $20 off your next power bill.

Solar panels aren’t a viable option for everyone. Some people live in buildings that don’t allow solar panels. The price of the solar panels may also be a deterrent. Now you can change your power bill to a clean energy bill, without solar panels.

If you’re paying an electric bill, Arcadia Power can switch your bill to clean energy.

Here’s how they do it.

How Arcadia switches your power bill to use clean energy

Arcadia Power buys Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from national wind farms and pays the utility companies on your behalf for your energy usage. The process is very easy to set up and only takes 5 minutes.

  1. Set up an account with Arcadia Power.
  2. Direct Arcadia Power to take over payment of your energy bill by linking your utility account.
  3. You pay Arcadia and Arcadia pays the utility bill and matches your usage with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
  4. All of this is managed on the platform.
  5. What it costs: Free plan: switch 50% of your energy bill to clean energy. Meaning: you just continue to pay what you would have paid for your power usage. Alternatively, there’s the Premium plan: switch 100% of your power bill to renewable energy for $0.015 per kilowatt hour (that comes out to $5 – $20/month more depending on your energy usage).
  6. Arcadia gives you a nice dashboard showing your energy consumption and how much came from traditional v. renewable energy. We liked this dashboard because it helped us become more conscious of our energy usage (e.g. turning off the lights when you walk out of a room).
  7. Once you’ve set up your account, you get $20 off your next energy bill.
  8. That’s it. 5 minutes to do some good in the world and save yourself 20 bucks.

Why is this so easy?

The availability of RECs, Arcadia’s network of wind farm partners, and Arcadia’s ability to pay your utility company on your behalf makes this whole thing possible.

Here’s how RECs work. Renewable energy has two components: the physical electrons and the corresponding Renewable Energy Certificates that track clean energy production. Think of RECs as the currency of the renewable energy market.

When electricity from a wind farm is produced, it is fed into the grid. Once it’s in the grid, there is no way to distinguish clean energy electrons from any other type of energy (nuclear, fossil fuel, etc.). That’s where RECs come in. RECs track how much energy was sent by the wind farm to the grid. Once a REC is used for payment, it cannot be re-used.

When you direct Arcadia to pay your power bill on your behalf, and by matching your usage with RECs, you are helping drive up demand for renewable energy. This is helping our world, and it only takes 5 minutes.

We tried it!

We switched our energy to Arcadia Power. Here’s the actual process.

Step 1:  enter your email and land on their dashboard

 Pretty straight forward. After you enter your email, you’ll be taken to their dashboard. After you go through the process, this dashboard will show your traditional energy usage v. renewable (aka clean) energy usage.

 

Step2: Link your utility account.

Select your state and your utility company. Easy. Once you link your account on Arcadia’s secure system, they’ll monitor your current and historical energy usage.

 

 

Step 3: Select a membership.

There are two options.

FREE PLAN: Arcadia pays 50% of your power usage with renewable energy credits (this costs you nothing extra – just pay your power bill as you normally would). You also get a few other freebies like Price Alerts and the Dashboard.

PREMIUM PLAN: Switch your entire energy bill to renewable energy. This is $0.15 per kilowatt hour more. That’s about $5 – $20 more per month added to your power bill, depending on how much power you use. Start or stop anytime. There are no contracts.

Step 4: DONE!

Congrats. They get your account set up with the utility and send you a confirmation email. That’s it.

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn to use your power as a consumer. Take a few minutes to make this important change and save yourself $20 on your next power bill.

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17 Comments. Leave new

Michel Daigle
April 23, 2018 6:34 pm

Hi:
Can this program apply to Canadians as well? Thank you.

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    Michel, this program is not yet available in Canada. However, we are working on a new piece and partnership that will help with energy saving in Toronto. Please stay tuned, we’ll get this posted soon.

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    Janice Partington
    April 24, 2018 7:32 pm

    You can do this in Canada with Bullfrog Power.
    I’ve been sponsoring their green energy for 10 years. Very reputable.

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I AM LIVING IN [email protected]! HOW CAN THIS BE USEFUL IN INDIA..??

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    Suzanne Leigh
    April 26, 2018 12:49 pm

    Hi Yatendra,
    Great idea. We haven’t heard of about a program like this in India yet, but please let us know if you find a resource. We are always on the lookout for more opportunities that bring renewable options to consumers internationally. I think we are going to see more and more opportunities like this globally in the near future. If you hear of anything happening in India, please do let us know and we will share it!

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Question, if i have land I’d like to set up windmills on, who would i talk to about this?

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    Anna, the large industrial windmills are expensive to set up (millions of dollars just to connect a windmill to a grid). But if you’re interested in reading about how these windmills work, check out this resource: http://www.res-group.com/en/

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horst westphal
April 24, 2018 6:27 am

Is this program only for the US?? Is it also available for Spain, where I live??

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    Great idea. We do not know about a program like this in Spain, but please let us know if you find a resource. We will share it!

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Cadmus Atake-Enade
April 24, 2018 1:26 pm

Hello can this technology be replicated in Nigeria, because the energy issues in Nigeria is quite sad.
We need such a technology in Nigeria.

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    We are not aware of a program like this in Nigeria, but it is a great idea. Basically, the company buys Renewable Energy Credits (RECS) from wind farms across the U.S. and pays the utility companies with these RECs on your behalf. Your power bill is paid with RECs, thereby driving up the demand for renewable energy. It would be great if this could be replicated elsewhere.

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Thank you very much for the insiteful article.

I have shared it on my google plus page.

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Hello,

A few questions:

1) The promotional piece I read indicated that members “can also set up price alerts, where Arcadia finds…better deals from utility providers in area. ” So my first question is: can this ability to “price shop” in my specific area be told to me prior to becoming a member? I’d rather not divulge login information to get a feature that isn’t available in my area. Secondly, does this feature apply to both the “Free Plan” and “Premium Plan”?

2) Does the “$20 off [my] next power bill” apply to both the “Free Plan” and “Premium Plan”?

3) So the “Free Plan” doesn’t really save one money; it’s really about generating demand for “clean energy,” yes?

Thanks.

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