Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lady Liberty Goes Green

The Statue of Liberty, America's ubiquitous symbol for freedom is now symbolically free from fossil fuels. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and several other federal facilities in northern New Jersey owned by U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will run on 100% renewable power.

Pepco Energy Services, a supplier of renewable electricity in the mid-Atlantic region, will provide the green power credits in a three-year contract. The energy will be generated from wind turbines.

Pepco will supply an estimated 27 million kWh of electricity generated from 100% renewable resources to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island; both landmarks are operated by the National Park Service.

I'm a big believer in opting in to renewable energy certificates. 4% of America's electricity is produced by petroleum based artificial coal ( That's twelve million people's energy) so its a good way for an individual to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce funds to countries that support terrorism while supporting an emerging American industry.

Your local electric company's web site should have information on their program which will cost anywhere from 0$ to 3$ a month to offset 10 to 20% of your homes energy consumption. If not, you can sign up at Windcurrent for 5$ a month billed quarterly to offset 20% of your homes energy consumption. For the record Windcurrent's president Jim McGuire is a really nice church going guy and not a bad fella to swap emails with.

Also you can offset any costs for the program by picking up a pack of GE flourescent bulbs at Sam's Club (8 bulbs for 12$). I switched the whole house over and lowered my electric bill by 10%.

For the record though only buy GE or Sylvania bulbs otherwise you will most likely get crappy mauve or blue colored light. I tried several brands and only GE and Sylvania got the Crapomatic Seal of Approval.

Remember folks,"If its not Crapomatic, its crap!"


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