I don't think I could be a total “minimalist” like my friend Jordann, but I have certainly learned a lot from her. As you know, saving money, staying on budget and making “extra income” are what I am all about, but I have found that “being green” could help me with that as well.
Did you know that in Texas, you can choose your electricity provider? I didn't. I found out that I can peruse the companies that offer power and see which ones use “green energy” versus “brown” and so forth. That is a definite plus for Texans.
This is a choice I think everyone should have here in the United States. Why is it that in most places, you do not get a choice, but have to take whatever company is nearest to you. I will tell you, because it is a monopoly. If you have no choice, you will always be subject to energy companies that pollute the environment. Really, with all of the talk about “being green”, no one would actively make the decision to NOT do their part in keeping our environment clean. It's really a simple choice.
So many of the small companies in rural areas still use brown energy, that is harmful to our environment and to our pocketbooks. Legislators have deregulated the Texas electric cooperatives, so that their residents can choose, and in choosing, they can choose the rates they wish to pay. The difference between fixed rates or variable rates, that can go up depending on the market. Personally, I would prefer a fixed rate plan, as the market has proven to continue to go up, with no real decline.
Whether you are choosing a company that uses brown energy, or renewable energy, you should make sure to research carefully before changing your provider. After all, the point is not only to “go green”, but to save money as well. If you feel that paying a slightly higher rate to a particular company because they are green and better for the environment, then more power to you. No pun intended.
I just want to find a happy medium, where I can do both. Save money on the electricity bill and be able to do good for my environment. That is what I am shooting for in any case. In the long run, renewable energy will take over as our resources get used up. Why not make the change now and save ourselves the hassle latter? This can help boost our economy and lower our dependence on the resources from other countries as well as helping to create jobs here at home where they are needed. Let's face it, with the economy in the condition it is in, any help we can do it just plain smart.
This also helps the farmers here as they grow crops to use for biomass fuels, like ethanol. Thereby keeping money in our coffers and not handing it over to other countries as well. I see it as a win-win situation. So we are going to do our part and save money at the same time. I urge you to consider it as well. You never know, you may feel better about yourself if you do, and don't forget to keep to that budget! Good luck!
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