In March 2020, I switched to renewable electricity, and I'm sticking with it. Specifically, my electricity is powered by wind energy.
Per capita, I added (not to confuse with used) more than 2,400 kWh (2,480) to the grid in that time. According to my supplier's annual review, that's the equivalent of:
So, there you have it:
The world is mine.
What surprised me was my year-on-year use of electric power in January, the highest month of use. I used almost 40 percent (39) less kWh in January 2021 than in January 2020.
In Pennsylvania, you can choose what company supplies your electricity. Unless you choose otherwise, your utility company is your supplier, too. But you can shop around for a better rate on natural gas (proceed with caution), or elect altogether for renewable energy (solar, wind, blended, etc.). Your utility company doesn't change, however, so your bill still comes from your utility company. That's because the supplier uses the utility company's pipes and other infrastructure to distribute its natural gas or renewable energy.
Think of your utility company as a Walmart, Target, or regional superstore. The superstore (utility company) doesn't change because it stocks different brands of hand sanitizer (supplies/suppliers). Nor does it stop selling its store brand of sanitizer (natural gas) because it sells the other brands as well.
It took five months (Nov. 2019) before I decided to deal with a supplier and therefore the switch to wind power. Fortunately, my supplier has flexible terms -- namely, no contract and no termination fee. If you're in Pennsylvania and you're interested in electricity from renewable energy, visit oca.state.pa.us or papowerswitch.com for suppliers.
Send me a message via the contact page if you want to know what supplier I use.
Note: Figures updated with March 31 report.
Related: Nord Stream 2 (2019)
Related: Ecosia (2020)
Related: "The Green New Deal" (2019)
Related: Reforestation (2019)