Have you ever wondered how the electricity in your home is generated? Is it powered by coal, hydro, perhaps wind or a mixture of sources?

If you live in the USA, there’s an easy way to determine this using the EPA’s Power Profiler.

The Power Profiler will first ask for your ZIP code, followed by your electric utility. It will then generate results of the sources used and display related greenhouse gas emissions such as Nitrogen Oxide, Sulfur Dioxide and Carbon Dioxide. You’ll also be shown a comparison with the national average.

Many utilities have green programs where you can pay a little more (usually a couple of cents per kilowatt extra) and be “switched” to renewable energy in various percentages. For example, you may not want to take the full hit financially speaking, so you may be able to get onto a program where 25% of your power comes from renewable sources. It’s usually a simple exercise only requiring a phone call. If you are interested in buying green power please go to:http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/275/1/Buying-green-electricity.html.

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