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December 18th, 2009
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NSTAR Green
Got an email from NSTAR, and we've now signed up to get 100% of our electricity from wind power. There's a surcharge, but it comes out to around $2 per month. I'm not sure how much this does for the environment or for our "dependence on foreign oil", but it at least feels like something.

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From:magid
Date:December 18th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Nice icon use.
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From:jaq
Date:December 18th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, we have NSTAR. I will have to figure out how much it would cost us.
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From:queue
Date:December 18th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
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It's 1.396 cents per kilowatt hour for 100% wind usage (and something like 0.8 cents per kWh for 50%), and NSTAR makes a nice little bar graph for you showing your usage (we tend to use between 125 and 150 kWh per month)
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From:jaq
Date:December 18th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Looks like we've been using 500-600 recently. Might have to go back to not leaving my PC on all the time.
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From:queue
Date:December 18th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Ours is deceptively low because we do (almost) all our laundry at Ellen's parents' house. We also don't have a dishwasher.
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From:jaq
Date:December 18th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Good points. I can see an uptick in our usage which seemed to start in July/August and would coincide with extra laundry :-)
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From:hrafn
Date:December 18th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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It might not do much now except to help with the supply and demand part of the renewable energy equation. More interest in wind power = more wind power down the line = (hopefully) less use of fossil fuels.
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From:surrealestate
Date:December 18th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
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My understanding is that there isn't nearly enough wind power for all the people who are opting for it, so you probably aren't actually being powered by wind. I'm guess the money goes toward trying to build more windmills? I dunno.
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