When you live in Alberta, you have your choice of energy providers. You can not only choose between local, fixed rate utility companies and more competitive deregulated suppliers, but you can also choose between traditional energy sources like coal and more efficient, clean energy sources like wind or solar.
With so many utility companies and types of energy to choose from, it can get a bit overwhelming. Here are several benefits of choosing green energy to keep in mind:
Increase Your Property Value
You probably already know that switching to green energy is likely to reduce your utility bills, while also allowing you to have more stable energy costs than if you rely on oil or coal-based energy. Electric bills aren’t the only area where green energy can save you money, however. Adding a solar or wind system can actually increase your property value and make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. This effect will only become more dramatic as green energy becomes more and more popular.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
As an environmentally conscientious person, you will be happy to know that switching to solar or green energy is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Green energy is not only much more efficient than “dirty” sources of energy, but it also creates significantly less pollution. Reducing your carbon footprint by switching to green energy, driving less, and eating more local produce also provides you with a great opportunity to teach your children about environmental responsibility while setting a good example for them.
Green Energy is Low Maintenance
Green energy systems are pretty low maintenance for residential customers. This is especially true of solar energy, since solar panels can be pretty much ignored once they’re installed. At most, you may want to clean them once a year or so if you notice dirt and debris accumulation.
Sell Back Excess Green Energy
If your green energy system generates more energy than your household uses, you may be able to sell this excess energy back to the grid. In most cases the sale of excess energy will result in a credit on your future utility bills.
By choosing green energy, you’re not only doing the right thing for the environment, but also benefitting your bottom line. Let us know if you have any questions about choosing green energy.