Zero Emissions Hosting Company
Every year, more
electricity is needed to power our modern lifestyle. But burning
fossil fuels for energy depletes our natural resources, pollutes our
air and threatens our national security. Can abundant energy exist
without these costs?
Inspired by other
companies in our community, we made a decision to begin
purchasing Green-e certified Renewable Energy
Certificates to cover 100% of our energy use.
We feel good about
being the first hosting company to be powered 100% by renewable energy
sources. That's right - 100% renewable. No fossil fuels here - just
clean renewable sources like wind, geothermal, and solar power.
Our commitment avoids
4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution:
the same as not not driving over 4,300 miles.
the same as not burning over 2,100 pounds of coal.
Renewable Energy Certificates just a donation?
Most definitely not. Better energy, just like any other commodity,
costs more than lower quality energy. The extra amount we pay for wind
power goes directly to the wind farms to help ensure that wind energy
can be competitive in today’s market and to encourage development
for the future
wind turbines kill a lot of birds?
Once in a while, a bird hits a wind turbine – but new technology
allows for longer blades that turn more slowly and there is now more
sensitivity to placing turbines outside migratory paths. The Audubon
society estimates that 25,000 birds were killed by wind turbines last
year, as compared to over 800 million birds killed by collisions with
other man-made items like windows, wind shields, buildings and power
lines. More birds are killed each year by cats than by wind turbines.
happens when the wind is not blowing?
Since our electricity is taken from a pool of energy that comes from
lots of different sources, when the wind is not blowing, other sources
of electricity are used. Most people agree that having a diversified
power portfolio is a good thing – we’d just like to see a higher
percentage coming from renewable sources.
there enough wind power potential for it to be a realistic source of
Yes! There is enough wind energy potential in North Dakota, Kansas and
Texas alone to produce enough electricity for the entire US!
Renewable Energy Sources?
From an increase of jobs for local
communities to a decrease in smog over big cities, there are countless
reasons to support renewable energy.
Protect Natural Resources
It is our responsibility to ensure that
we pass on a world in which our children and future generations have
air to breathe, water to drink and earth to sow. Over the past
century, the increased burning of fossil fuels has threatened the well
being of our planet, its resources and biodiversity. By the time your
children are raising a family of their own, it is likely that the
world’s supply of oil will be depleted.
Lessen Environmental Impact
Did you know that on average it took
900 years for the earth to form the fossil fuels needed to power an
American home for one day!? And burning the fossil fuels to create the
electricity that supplied your home for one day with this power
creates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide, which causes global warming.
Purchasing renewable energy certificates provides a simple option for
lessening environmental footprint. Generating renewable energy from
sources like wind, geothermal and solar produces zero emissions. With
2/3 of air pollution being attributed to conventional electricity
production, isn’t it time to demand renewables?
Stimulate Economic Growth
According to the New York State Energy
Office, wind energy systems create 25-70% more jobs than conventional
power plants producing the same amount of electricity. Purchasing
renewable energy certificates, supports the construction of new wind
farms, which will help revitalize rural communities. The best part is,
increased development of renewables means communities will have more
control over their energy supply. We will decrease our dependence on
large fossil-fuel corporations with long histories of environmental
The movement for renewable energy needs pioneers, like you, to prove
that this nation demands clean, safe energy. Although renewable energy
is becoming increasingly affordable, expansion and growth of wind
farms, and other renewable energy facilities requires investment. A
comparison of wind and oil prices over the past twenty years
exemplifies that economically and environmentally renewable energies
are the way of the future.
Support Domestic Energy
Supporting the growth of renewable
energy increases America’s energy independence. The National
Renewable Energy Laboratory states that currently over half of the oil
used in the United States is supplied from sources overseas. At
current projections, by 2010, Americans will be importing 75% of our
oil supply. Renewable resources are the first step to breaking this
dependence and moving towards a hydrogen economy. As the diversity of
our energy supply increases, so does our independence and security as
"Commitments to purchase
wind power help ensure that we are diversifying our energy portfolio.
Energy diversity is important for America's energy security."
- U.S. Energy Secretary
Improve Health and Safety
Supporting the growth of renewable
energy resources in the United States will increase the quality of
America’s health. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists,
fossil fuels currently account for 85 percent of US energy needs.
Burning of these materials produces nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides,
hydrocarbons, smoke and other particulate matter. Air pollutants, such
as these, are known irritators of the human respiratory system. Each
year, Americans develop cases of asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis that
can be attributed to poor air quality. The health costs of human
exposure to outdoor air pollutants range from $40 to $50 billion.
(National Center for Environmental Health) Renewable energy resources
are a clean, dependable alternative to fossil fuels and related health
here to read a great article from Whole Food's CEO, John
Mackey. Whole Foods Market, based in Austin, Texas recently made the
largest ever purchase of Wind Energy Credits in the United States. Click
here to read the press release.
Thank you for supporting a green
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