What does it mean to get green energy?

Your choice of an energy company impacts the environment and your community. If you are like us and want to reduce your carbon footprint, you realize the importance of green electricity. When you sign up with an electric company that provides 100% renewable energy, your electric payment finances the production of more renewable energy that is generated by wind and solar power farms. Your electric company purchases energy from wind and solar farms as a renewable electricity certificate (REC) on your behalf.

We get it, green, clean renewable energy doesn’t sound reliable, and you need reliability – but this is not true. Power from renewable sources IS reliable. Renewable energy does NOT stop flowing if the wind is not blowing or there is an overcast and the sun doesn’t come out. When you decide to go green by choosing green electricity you don’t have to install solar panels either. All you need to do is sign up with Pogo. Pogo Energy is a power company that utilizes and distributes clean electricity to you. To sweeten the experience of going green, Pogo does not require you to sign a contract or pay a hefty deposit. Pogo helps you reduce your carbon footprint and all you need to do is click that green enroll button below to switch.

NERD ALERT: How does Pogo help reduce my carbon footprint?

Pogo purchases enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to your electricity usage at home. Each REC represents the production of about 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy. Buying RECs counterbalances the production of power from fossil fuels. For example, if you use 2000kWh of power in your home, Pogo Energy purchases RECs in an amount equivalent to 2000kWh to counteract the 2000kWh you used at home (aka your carbon footprint).  


How do you get green energy in Texas?

Let’s back up a second and give a quick recap on the almighty power grid. The Texas power grid distributes all the power generated by different energy sources across Texas. Energy in the power grid is all mixed together, as in there’s no separate power grid for fossil fuel-only energy or only renewable energy. Then, it’s sent to the state utility transmission companies (the TDUs) which are responsible for physically connecting the power to your home (FYI, when your power goes out, it’s the TDU responsibility to turn it back on – not Pogo). Retail electricity providers (like Pogo) sell the electricity. However, TDUs only turn the power on in your home after you sign up with your chosen electricity provider. That’s how you get your electricity, and that’s why you see a transmission or TDU energy charge on your electric bill each month.  

If it’s all mixed together, then how does Pogo provide 100% clean energy?

Power companies purchase the energy from power generator companies. In our case, Pogo Energy only purchases renewable electricity certificates (RECs) from wind and solar power farms. The quantity of RECs purchased by Pogo is equivalent to the amount of kilowatt hours (kWh) you use to power your home. This means that Pogo essentially purchases these RECs on your behalf and unlike the other guys, it’s at no additional or marked-up cost to you. The money used to purchase the RECs in turn supports the continuation of renewable energy generation by the wind and solar power that Pogo purchases. So, you can be sure every electron that doesn’t come from a wind or solar farm is purchased as a carbon offset through Pogo Energy.

When you choose a lights company that provides green energy you are supporting the generation of more renewable energy. The more people choose electric companies that serve 100% renewable energy creates higher demand for companies generating wind and solar power. That’s how your choice in electric company can make a positive impact on the environment.

With Pogo Energy, you can do this all while saving money because Pogo won’t charge you extra to make a positive impact on the environment. <Insert callout box here> Ready to reduce your carbon footprint? Go green to save green. CHECK MY RATES

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