WHAT IS GREEN ENERGY?

There are a lot of different terms floating around out there when it comes to energy and power. That’s because new tech is changing the game, and fast. Sure, most of it sounds really smart, but most people don’t actually understand it. So, let us help break it down for you with some key points. And of course, feel free to use them at your next dinner party to one-up that wholesale-membership couple.



Green energy isn’t just wind.

Wind is our favorite, but it’s not the only renewable, green energy resource out there. Here are a few more to add to the list: solar, geothermal, biomass, biogas and low-impact hydropower. Or in layman's terms, sunshine, earth-heat, plants, organic waste and flowing water.

What’s really cool is that these are resources that replenish naturally and quickly. While conventional power strips away resources and relies on a finite fuel source, green energy is more like a technology. And the devices to receive and store the energy don’t disrupt nature, but instead enter into the ebb and flow.



Huh?

It’s like a single use item versus a reusable item. Green energy captures the movement of things to generate power but doesn’t stop anything else from experiencing that movement, too. You can still feel the wind after it passes through a wind farm…but you can’t reuse a lump of coal to fire up your blender.



How does wind even happen though?

One of life’s big questions. Winds are created from the rotation of the Earth, its bumpy surface and the sun heating up the atmosphere. So, as long as the sun shines, the wind will blow and amazing energy can be harnessed to power up our computer to get back to asking the internet even bigger questions, like, “What deals do they have going on at the wholesale store this week?”



It’s truly renewable.

Green energy sources such as wind, water and sunlight have the potential to supply the entire country’s energy needs, and, get this, WITH A SURPLUS. It’s nearly an inexhaustible resource.

Plus, as the science, process and durability improve on green energy tech, the costs will continue to lower. And, let’s be honest, at the end of the day, if the price isn’t right, the conversation is over. We know the topics of money-savers, like deals, sales and coupons, at the party is at least a 45-minute conversation piece.



So then, hit me with the costs.

This isn’t going to sting a bit. It’s just as affordable as conventional power. You read that right. We even found this chart to prove it. Look.



It’s data from 2018, and, if you follow the trend line, you can see costs are steadily dropping each year. Some reports say that in the next couple of years, wind and solar could deliver electricity for as little as $0.03/kWh. Or another way of putting it, in just two years your bill could be cut in half. Delivering affordable solutions for customers is always on our minds.



It’s also super consistent.

Conventional power prices are always in a constant state of flux, for a number of reasons. And people don’t like it when the cost to heat up their cup-o-noodles is suddenly higher than the actual price of noodles themselves. Green energy prices on the other hand, are stable. Wind energy is sold at a fixed rate over a long period of time, so there are never rate hikes or unexpected bills that make your eyes bulge out of your head.

So yeah, powering your home with wind energy must be looking pretty appealing to your pocketbook right now.



But if the wind stops blowing, do I lose power?

Ah, the reliability question. There are a lot of misconceptions about how dependable green energy is, when in fact, it’s even more resilient than conventional power.

Wind, solar and other green energies help to build a more expansive power grid that is more spread out geographically. It’s like the opposite of the domino effect. If there are problems in one area, it’s not going to make a noticeable disruption.

And, on top of that, solar energy and wind energy can both be stored. Can someone say energy surplus, again? Which means no matter the weather conditions, these reserves are available.

(We know what you’re thinking. And yes, this IS totally better than the free samples that couple keeps bragging about.)



OMG. We just remembered.

These are all way better options for Mother Earth too. Which means you’re no hypocrite when you #sustainable on Insta. We’re talking zero emissions and a way lower carbon footprint with green energy. In 2019, the electricity generated from wind turbines was equal to avoiding the amount of CO2 emissions of 42 million cars.

And, with Texas wind energy, a lot of water is saved in-state, too, 24 billion gallons in 2019 alone. All these things hugely reduce our contributions to climate change, and we think that’s a pretty big deal.



It’s also about public health.

The pollution from conventional energy has a lot of negative effects on the air, water and soil. These pollutants are not good. Take nitrogen oxide for example, which is responsible for smog and acid rain. Not good at all. Or sulfur oxide, which irritates the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Yikes. But the worst part? These toxins are especially bad for kids.

Wind energy on the other hand, emits none of them. Which could lead one to conclude that we love and care about kids more, but that’s only by the measure of health and quality of life. And guess what? When you are healthy, your healthcare costs are also much lower. Dang it, we should have put this in the affordability section, too.

So, let’s recap that: clean air, clean power, clean lungs…without cleaning out your bank account.



Which brings us to…the economy.

Nice transition.

Green energy creates jobs. Job creation is important for the economy. And a healthy economy means things are flowing and circulating in a way that promotes growth. $10 billion of it. New wind projects bring this giant number in annually.



Tell me more about that economy thing though.

Green energy is creating better paying jobs, with cleaner and safer work environments. These new jobs create a ripple effect that benefits related industries and entire communities. Often rural ones that need it most. And because green energy isn’t imported, your tax dollars stay in your communities. This is especially true in Texas, where wind energy companies contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and land-lease payments.



It’s helping farmers, too.

Wind turbines can be built on existing farms or ranches and only use up a fraction of the land. This means they can continue to work the fields while receiving rent payments for the land use. Pretty awesome side hustle and wicked cool garden art. Even wholesale stores don’t sell stuff THAT big.



Speaking of big…what’s the job-creation number?

In the U.S., there are over 100,000 people employed from wind energy alone. And wind turbine technician, or a “windyman” as we like to call it, is one of the fastest growing jobs. One report says that by 2050, wind has the potential to support more than 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation and maintenance. So, what we’re hinting at is, you have plenty of time to begin getting that resume in order.

Hopefully you’re cool with moving to a place like Texas, too, because we’re the national leader in the wind sector, with over 25,000 jobs and 46 manufacturing facilities. Proving once again, that everything really is bigger here.



We love winning.

The nation’s wind supply is abundant, and most of it comes from Texas. Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has outpaced the growth rate worldwide. Up 30% per year.



Switching is smart.

If green energy is available to you, it’s a smart buy. Most areas in Texas give the power to the consumer to shop around and compare rates. Like phone plans or insurance packages. If that’s the case, you can capitalize on our shameless offer plug now, and see if Iberdrola is available in your area. C’mon, you’re already on our website. And if you’re still reading, bravo! We like you too.



So, about that party.

This article has a lot of information, and we promised you talking points. So, here’s a party-friendly version of what green energy is and all its benefits.

  1. Green energy is renewable, sustainable and sourced from natural things like sun, water, earth-heat and (drum roll)…wind. Did we mention wind already?
  2. We will essentially never run out of these, because they are not finite resources. And they replenish naturally and quickly.
  3. It’s cost effective and cost consistent. And only getting cheaper with time.
  4. It’s super reliable.
  5. Not windy today? No probs. We store the power.
  6. Mother Nature-approved.
  7. Great for public health.
  8. Great for the economy.
  9. Great for farmers.
  10. Great for one-upping everyone in attendance. Which means you win the evening and get to return with pride back to your green energy-powered home.


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