Arcadia Power: Fighting global warming one house at a time

  Credit: Kaboompics.com

Credit: Kaboompics.com

We all know that global warming is quite a problem for the future of both our planet and the human race. However, given how much outrage there is about it on the Internet and elsewhere, you would be forgiven for feeling at ease with the matter; if everyone is so angry about it, then surely that means that everyone is taking action to fix the matter?

You would think so.

Heck, if just a fraction of all that anger and frustration concerning global warming were turned into action, I'm pretty sure we would be well on our way to fixing this existential threat of ours. Instead, the situation is quite nicely described by one of my favorite James Brown songs:

Like a dull knife,
Just ain’t cutting.
Just talking loud,
Then saying nothing!
— "Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing" by James Brown

The following blog post is gonna be quite a departure from the usual type of content that I write here, so I hope that doesn't rub people the wrong way. In this post, I'm going to offer you a way to do your part in the collective mission of "solving" global warming.

Arcadia Power

Common pieces of advice regarding living a "greener" lifestyle include taking shorter (and colder) showers, cycling more, using public transport, carpooling, recycling, and more. While I obviously fully champion and encourage these actions, I recognize one problematic trait that these tips seem to have in common: they involve a deliberate change of lifestyle that demands repeated effort from the person doing it.

This is not to say that they're problematic actions in themselves. Rather, they're problematic because let's face it, humans are f-ing lazy so anything that requires repeated effort from them will need to show some pretty salient benefits in order to persuade them to continue doing it. 

That's why I suggest a one-time action that will still have a dramatically large positive effect (especially if implemented on a large scale) and is simulataneously not (very) cost-prohibitive: getting green energy for your home. And that's where Arcadia Power comes in.

Sorry to my non-American readers; Arcadia Power is only available to US households! Nevertheless, please call your energy provider to ask them what green energy options they have available to your home.

Who, what, where?

The concept is relatively simple: Arcadia Power purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind farms to match your energy consumption. Hence, they are not actually a utility company or an electricity supplier; they are simply the buyer of green energy on your behalf as you pay your usual utility bill through them. The more people sign up, the more RECs that are purchased. This video explains it a bit better:

Thanks to their great work, over 246,746 tons of CO2 have been averted. The best of this? They've achieved this great feat in less than four years of being in business! 

You can read all about them (so that you know they are legit) on their website (here) and their FAQ page (here). You don't have to buy solar panels, entire solar roofs, or Tesla Powerwalls. Just sign up once, continue paying your utility bills as usual, and move on with your life.

That said, I didn't want to promote something to my readers without testing it first. Therefore, I signed up for their service to verify their legitimacy and I'm glad to say that everything is completely fine and the service works wonderfully well!

What's the catch?

I was lucky to sign up for Arcadia Power while their referral system/offer is in place. As a result of this offer, I receive up to $25 off my utility bill for every person that signs up for Arcadia Power through my referral link.

So if you like me and want to not only save the planet but also my bank account, then please do me a favor and sign up for Arcadia Power through the link in the big shiny button below:

I know, I know, this post was super sales-y and pretty selfish. Hence, a disclaimer for the sake of transparency: I have not been paid nor sponsored by Arcadia Power to write this post. These opinions are my own and written fully on my own behalf. Again, if you sign up through that link, it benefits me by means of a credit of up to $25 on my bill per person. You can also just sign up for the service directly on their website without using the above link.

Save the world!

C'mon people, I just want us to actually do something regarding global warming. This is one of those little, little things that we can do to make a dramatic impact on the world. We talk such a big talk and take such an admirable moral high-ground on this issue and many other social problems, but when it comes down to it few of us actually put our money where our mouth is. Yes, I'm exploiting this for my own benefit as well but hey, at least I'm being honest about it and admitting it with full transparency. Besides, isn't the bigger point fixing global warming?

Anyway, are you going to continue to talk a big talk on social media about how awful it is that a certain President pulled out of a certain Paris climate deal or are you actually going to do your part in fixing the problem?

In closing, I leave you with another question: are you going to let the words of the late James Brown continue to describe you/us so accurately?

Like a dull knife,
Just ain’t cutting.
Just talking loud,
Then saying nothing!
— "Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing" by James Brown

See you, Space Cowboy.