Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Green Energy, Take Three: the Saga Concludes

We finally got it--our green electricity!  It was a long and stressful process, but here's how it worked out . . .

First Attempt:  We tried signing on with a company who installs solar panels onto your roof and then you commit to buying the energy they produce over a period of 5 or 20 years.  They went bankrupt while we eagerly awaited the installation.

Second Attempt:  We tried to buy a solar panel.  This option came closer to fruition.  We actually came pretty close, had the loans and the company all lined up.  I was very excited.  However, it turns out that the tax break offered for the panel applies only to those actually earning enough money to be paying federal taxes.  Who knew?  I, for one, had no idea we weren't paying federal taxes.  So that one was out.

Third Attempt (The One that Took):  We switched from PECO to The Energy Cooperative, a company that features renewable energy sources.  And, though it costs slightly more than their other options, we can buy 100% renewable energy from them--and still pay less than we were paying PECO to be our supplier.


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