SWITCH YOUR ELECTRIC SUPPLY TO GREEN/RENEWABLE POWER
(one of many ways YOU can save money, AND help the environment)
(harder) INSTALL SOLAR CELLS:
(easier) SWITCH TO A GREEN/RENEWABLE ELECTRIC SUPPLIER This is the lowest complexity option that provides ~SAME environmental benefits as installing solar panels:.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? Great Eastern Energy likely follows a similar process as other sustainable providers in NJ:
· General information is provided at http://www.nj.gov/bpu/residential/ ; Renewable Energy Certificates and http://www.renewablechoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Guide-To-RECs-White-Paper.pdf
· Great Eastern Traders buy contracts from nation-wide Brokers of “sustainable” certified electric sources.
HOW DO YOU PROCEED? On-line signup takes only minutes.
RENEW AT CONTRACT END. (using Great Eastern as a model) You receive a letter 1-2 months before contract end. Follow the letter's directions. You will have a limited time to call Great Eastern to renew your sustainable electric contract at a special low rate. If you do nothing, you will be switched to a month-to-month variable rate for your sustainable electric. (This variable rate, on 2/17/2017 was ~JCP&L rate). While you are month-to-month, you can call Great Eastern and switch back to JCP&L fossil fuel electric (might take 2 months for the switch). Once you have returned to JCP&L as the supllier, you can then switch to another low cost suppliers of non-polluting renewable energy.
REFERENCES: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (a "small business/commercial" customer) has switched to Great Eastern Energy, and presently saving ~1.8 cents/KWH. Church members (Residential customers) have switched, and are presently saving ~1.2 cent/KWH
This report was updated by S. Miller 4/1/2017; Disclaimer: All data and observations are believed accurate. Suppliers and prices vary with time; customers should do their own research.