More Greener!

As of today, I’ve switched this here blog over to a new web host that is 100% powered by certified green renewable energy sources:

How do we do it?
We certainly do not have a wind turbine on the roof of our data center! Sure, it would be a neat thing to have, but that is not the case. After an energy audit by an outside provider to calculate our total electrical energy consumption from traditional sources, HostPapa purchased “green energy tags” or certificates from a certified green energy supplier. That supplier calculates the total energy consumption of our operation and uses their suppliers of green energy to pump in 100% equivalent energy back into the power grid. This effectively cuts down on the carbon dioxide-producing (CO2) energy that we normally would have required from non-green energy sources.

More and more utilities are allowing their customers to purchase 100% green renewable energy for their homes directly from the utility itself, through partnerships with renewable energy companies. You can find a list of utility companies throughout the United States that offer renewable energy plans here.

For example, here on Long Island, LIPA provides the Green Choice program which puts power from Community Energy on the grid. Whatever your kilowatt usage is for the month, you pay the “clean power” surcharge and that’s how much energy is added to the grid from Community Energy.

Of course, despite the fact that our home is powered with 100% wind energy, LIPA continues to add “fuel oil surcharges” to our bill. Double whammy.

Perhaps I should look into building my own windmill.

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