How Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric Use RECs and Carbon Offset to Benefit the Environment

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Every household needs energy and gas to provide them with the proper power, but when you own a home and are environmentally conscious it can seem hard to find renewable resources. If you live in a big city where alternative and renewable energy are not always readily available, it can seem especially difficult. However, Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric can give you access to environmentally conscious energy in a way that is convenient and available to all.

It’s not always practical or possible to put up your own wind turbine, but there are things you can still do to help create a sustainable future. Keep reading to learn more about energy alternatives, the importance of renewable energy, understanding Carbon Offsets, Renewable Energy, and Certificates. Kiwi Energy is seeking to help the environment and do our part to reduce carbon emissions and promote environmentally conscious energy. There are ways you can help the environment, and help the renewable energy market grow starting now.

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Understanding the Electric Power Grid

At Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric, we specialize in environmentally conscious energy from renewable resources.  But where exactly does the electricity that we use in our homes come from? Understanding how our country distributes energy is the first step in understanding ways that electricity from renewable sources can help. By understanding it better, you can help to be more environmentally conscious and know how to do your part.

No matter how electricity and energy are created, be it from solar panels or from a nuclear power plant, all of that electricity ends up in the same place that distributes energy. This place that distributes our electricity is what we call the Electric Power Grid. The Electric Power Grid houses all of the energy produced by both renewable and nonrenewable resources and distributes it based on individual need. That means, every time you turn on a light or electrical appliance, the Electric Power Grid sends some electricity your way to power it, be it from a nuclear power plant or a wind turbine. How, then, can you make sure you are receiving environmentally conscious energy in your home or apartment if it all gets put into and distributed from the same place? One way to do this is through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.

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Renewable Energy Certificates (REC)

A Renewable Energy Certificate, or REC for short, is the ideal way for you to be environmentally conscious even when you live in an area where it seems out of reach. Maybe you live in a downtown apartment where you can’t put up your own solar panels or install a wind turbine to start generating your own renewable energy. Or maybe you really want to be doing more to help the environment but you don’t have any idea where to start. Well, with a Renewable Energy Certificate is a way that you can guarantee that you are purchasing renewable and environmentally conscious energy for use in your home.

Anytime a company or an individual is creating electricity from a renewable resource, they are creating their own RECs. In fact, whenever renewable energy is being produced, RECs are involved. RECs are completely tradable certificates that represent one Megawatt-hour, or MWh for short, of renewable energy on the electrical grid. That’s about as much energy as the average home uses in a single month. This essentially means that you are buying the rights to claim the renewable energy that has been created and that you have every right to claim you are using 100% renewable energy in your home or business.

Because all of our energy is put on the Electric Power Grid, by buying a REC you are ensuring that 1 MWh is being added into the power grid, and it is then up to you to make sure you are only using that amount of electricity to match your RECs with your personal usage. When you use a REC, it means that you are contributing to the creation of environmentally conscious energy and are supporting companies, like Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric, that offer such energy. Buying a REC, in this sense, is like casting a vote to show that you want your energy to be from a renewable resource and that you want the renewable energy market to grow.

RECs are an effective way to do your part to reduce carbon emissions and to support environmentally conscious energy. If you want to learn more about RECs, here are two videos, one from Centresol and another from the US Environmental Protection Agency, to explain more about them and what they are used for.

Carbon Offsets

Carbon Offset

There are a lot of great ways for you to personally lower your carbon emissions. Along with purchasing RECs, you can turn off lights in the rooms you are not using, you can carpool, and you can make taking public transportation a priority. These strategies and many more like them are great ways to lower your carbon emissions. But, for most of these options, it can be hard to see exactly how much carbon you are offsetting. That is why another great way to lower carbon emissions and greenhouse gases is by purchasing Carbon Offset certificates.

For every metric ton of carbon an environmentally conscious program prevents, a Carbon Offset certificate is created. This is not an investment or a donation, but it is a real environmental commodity that you have associated claims and benefits from. The programs that create these Carbon Offset certificates are registered and validated under high-quality project standards. Like a REC, a Carbon Offset is a great way to promote programs that help to lower carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. It is another vote that you can cast to show what you support and what you want to see more of.

Much like RECs, there is a lot to understand and learn about Carbon Offsets. For more information about Carbon Offsets, check out this video to learn more.

Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric

So far you have learned more about how energy and electricity work in our country, including the Electric Power Grid, Renewable Energy Certificates, Carbon Offset certificates, and the benefits and support they offer. So, where does Kiwi Energy fit in with all of this?

According to Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric’s 2015 Sustainability Report, Kiwi Energy seeks to find new ways to offer environmentally conscious energy and purchases a REC to cover 100% of all of its electricity sales that are produced by non-renewable sources. According to this same report, “By the end of 2015, our entire customer base energy consumption was being offset, resulting in zero net greenhouse gas emissions from their energy usage, which is equal to 10,971 garbage trucks worth of waste or 229,085 acres of forest in the United States.”

At Kiwi Energy, we strive to set an example for other energy companies by taking responsibility for the environment. There are always new ways to offer environmentally conscious energy, and we are continuously on the lookout for them. At Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric, we also want to help other individuals, groups, and organizations that are running environmentally friendly projects. We do this by supporting these groups or individuals through our Ecogold Environmental Fund. Every time we sign a new customer, a part of those proceeds go to supporting our Ecogold Environmental Fund. We want to see a sustainable and better future, and we are willing to put our money where our mouth is.

To reward our customers for doing their part to use sustainable and renewable energy, Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric offers, for free, our Ecogold Loyalty Program. With the Ecogold Loyalty Program, the customer gets to choose what best fits their lifestyle. Customers can choose to either receive cashback after twelve consecutive months or to receive Ecogold Rewards, which come in the form of gift cards, movie tickets, and other gifts. This program is created to be an extra incentive to those supporting environmentally conscious energy.

All the services and programs we provide at Kiwi Energy Gas and Electric are created to promote renewable energy. These programs are more than just fun incentives; they are a way to show that we care about what we do and that we want to help others be more environmentally conscious as well.

Through renewable energy, RECs, and Carbon Offsets, there is a lot we can do together to have a better future. Learn more about how Kiwi Energy works—click here to read some energy FAQs to find out even more ways you can benefit the environment.