Not Ready For Solar? Buy Green Power & Get Started!

John Schaeffer by John Schaeffer | March 10th, 2008 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living

Living completely off all grids (electric, water, phone, internet, and social) as I have for many years, I get spoiled and jaded all in green. It sometimes makes me forget how many people just don’t have the solar option. But even for you there are many ways to go green that don’t cost an arm and a leg and that will make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and your impact on the Planet.

I learned about a great organization called the Center for Resource Solutions, where I received the ‘Green Pioneer Award’ last October at their conference in Philadelphia. I learned a ton about green power for urban homes through purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) and through ‘green pricing programs’ sponsored by local utilities.

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s organization called Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. They have put together a wonderful website that shows a myriad of green power programs in almost every state (over 500 utilities in over 30 states!) and gives you concrete ideas on what you can do to save money and lessen your carbon footprint. Check their chart of Green Pricing Programs by State to really get you started.

So just because you’re not quite ready to go solar is no excuse to continue your wasteful ways. It’s easy being green and these valuable websites can help you get started painlessly!

For the Earth,

John Schaeffer


  1. Thanks for the information on renewable energy and the site links. The links were very helpful even though Louisiana is a little behind when it comes to offering green power alternatives.

    GreenPlanetz | April 25th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. The great information who love to save the world but no have much time. Now there are many package of solar panels in market and ready to install in your backyard. By the way, if you really have a time in holiday, it’s better try to make it by your self :)

    DIY Solar Panels | September 28th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. Great article, John. Sometimes it can be so confusing for people who are looking for information, or even looking to purchase, a green or solar energy system…there is just too much information out there…some of it good, but a lot of it bad.

    One of the biggest trends that I have noticed lately is the abundance of people looking to do DIY solar heating and DIY solar hot water products on their own home or business..without the help of a professional solar installer.

    Matthew | July 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  4. I want to clarify the term “off-grid”. I am a solar salesman and many of my clients want to go off-grid, but what they really mean is to produce all of their own energy. In California, homeowners will not qualify for CSI rebates if they completely disconnect from their utility. Also, this installations costs much more because an entire battery system is required. Another note, if their is a glich in the solar panels, the homeowner will also want to have backup power from the utility.

    Dave the Solar Installer | August 5th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  5. Using solar energy and getting it setup is not as hard or expensive as it used to be. Home or farm, you can use green energy to reduce costs at every level.

    Charles | December 30th, 2010 | Comment Permalink

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