Here’s one way to help out the environment that you might not know about

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Are you passionate about the environment but looking for new ways to help?

There’s actually an option people might not know about that can make a big difference for the climate.

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Known as green pricing, some energy companies around the country offer a chance for customers to get renewable energy to power their homes — at an additional cost.

Customers aren’t required to participate in green pricing programs.

You can simply choose this option and make a small difference in helping the environment. It might even save you money in some cases on your energy bill.

In 2020, 1 in 20 retail electricity customers in the United States procured renewable energy through voluntary green pricing programs, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Renewable energy can include the following sources:

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
  • Biogas
  • Municipal solid waste
  • Landfill gas

Such sources above can be alternatives to gas, coal, nuclear energy and oil.

Typically, states have more information on their websites as to pricing programs and how to obtain renewable energy.

Click or tap here to find out more about pricing in Texas.

In addition, some states offer Utility Green Tariffs, optional programs offered by utilities that allow larger commercial and industrial customers to buy bundled renewable electricity from a specific project through a special utility tariff rate.

About the Author:

Keith is a member of Graham Media Group's Digital Content Team, which produces content for all the company's news websites.