The UCH Green Sanctuary recommends considering a switch to a Green Electricity Provider.  These providers help fund renewable energy growth, putting our Unitarian Universalist and Green Sanctuary principles into action!

Where does my energy come from?

In Northern Illinois, a large percentage of electricity (about 45%) is produced from fossil energy sources, primarily coal and natural gas, which emits greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gasses.  Greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and disruptions in world weather patterns.

Renewable energy (also called green, clean, or alternative energy) is any kind of energy that comes from a source that won’t be depleted with its use, and does not produce carbon emissions.  Examples include wind, solar, hydropower, and biomass energy.  In Illinois, the two most common forms of renewable energy are wind and solar energy (which we are now producing with our church’s new solar panels).

What can I do to help?

Although all energy sources are combined into one energy supply, consumers can help develop clean, renewable resources by the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC’s) through a green energy provider.  When you sign up with a green energy provider, for every kWh of electricity you consume, the provider ensures that its renewable energy partners purchase one kWh of REC’s, which represents proof that electricity was created through a renewable energy source.

Purchasing renewable energy credits helps divert a part of your energy bill to support the growth of renewable energy sources.

When you sign up with a green energy provider, your electricity continues to be delivered by ComEd, and in most cases you will continue to pay your electricity bill to ComEd.  Signing up with a green energy provider is, in many cases, an easy and almost effortless way to support green energy suppliers.

So how do I sign up for a green energy provider, and how much does it cost?

There are several green energy providers, and each represents their own types of costs and benefits.  Green Sanctuary has compiled a list of these companies, along with their contact information, costs, and contract details, along with a list of tips, to help you make an informed decision.

You may download a .pdf of this information sheet by clicking on this link.