Clean Up Your Ecological Footprin

May/June 2005
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 01, 2005
        Say you are a home performance professional and active in the green building movement. Do you ever wonder if flying to a conference in a distant state, or even in another country, puts back into the air most of the greenhouse gases that you have taken out of the air by making homes more energy efficient? Airplanes burn an awful lot of fossil fuel, as do cars and the coal-fired power plants that provide electricity to our homes. Some people call this tradeoff robbing Peter to pay Paul. For the past seven years the Conservation Services Group (CSG), through its division Sun Power Electric, has offered to offset personal emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by subsidizing renewable energy production, while helping to transform the energy market.         Sun Power offered this offset opportunity through ReGen, a tradable renewable certificates (TRC) product in the New England area. In 2004 alone, 192 ReGen customers purchased renewable energy credits equal to 2.19 million kWh of renewable generation, preventing more than 3 million pounds of CO2 from entering Earth’s atmosphere. As the national energy market has moved more toward renewables, with many states ...

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