I hope everyone was able to schedule a free home energy check-up last week. This week we are going to continue on the energy side of things with another fairly simple task that does not require much of your time. As many of you may know, there is more than one company responsible for getting electricity to your house or business; these companies are responsible for distribution, supply, and delivery. Distribution is the responsibility of the company to whom you pay your bill on a regular basis (e.g. Pepco, Dominion, and BGE in the DMV). By default your distributor will purchase electricity for you and charge you rates as approved in your area. The issue is that they will buy electricity based on factors other than whether it is from renewable sources such as wind and solar. The good news is that you have the choice of who you want as your supplier; regardless of your choice, your distributor will remain the same and continue to handle all of the billing.
Therefore, your task this week is to switch to a supplier that uses 100% renewable energy sources.
The simplest way to switch to renewable energy is to call your electric company (i.e. distributor) and tell them you would like to switch. If you do not specify a specific supplier, they will select one for you. If you prefer to choose your own supplier, your electric company should provide a list of suppliers on their website that includes information on rates, supply charges, % renewables energy sources, cancellation policies, etc. Some examples are given below:
– If you live in Maryland, go to the following link and select your distributor and enter the average amount of energy you use per month; you will then be given a list of potential suppliers: https://webapp.psc.state.md.us/ecm/web/Compare_new1.cfm – If you have Pepco, use this link (if living in DC, replace MD with DC): https://www.pepco.com/MyAccount/MyService/Pages/MD/CustomerChoice.aspx
– Pepco customers in Maryland can also use the following link for a list of suppliers: https://webapp.psc.state.md.us/ecm/web/Compare_new1.cfm – If you live in another state and do not know where to begin, use the following link: http://competitiveenergy.org/consumer-tools/state-by-state-links/#maryland
Good luck everyone and feel free to ask if you need assistance finding resources for your state and/or distributor!