Social responsibility and renewable power can go hand in hand. As a realtor, I realize there are so many home choices to make as a homeowner. Did you know that you also have a choice of where your power comes from if you are a PGE customer? I was reminded of this when I got a visit from a PGE employee recently in my Oregon City home. As a result of his visit, I remembered that I had signed up for this option in my previous Portland Condo many years ago as well. You probably already know that buying cleaner relabel energy is both a socially and environmentally responsible thing to do. It not only brings and sustains more Oregon jobs but it protects our environment. In 1999, the Oregon Senate Bill 1149 passed requiring that renewable energy options be offered to consumers. If you didn’t know this program exists but would like to sign up, you can learn more about it at their website: PGE
This renewable energy option comes from a mix of wind, geothermal and solar power from the Pacific Northwest. It typically costs a tad bit more, but sometimes the increase is VERY TINY! The good folks at PGE can estimate what the cost difference would be based on your past usage. My home in Oregon City (built in 2015) is very energy efficient and my monthly bill increase is estimated at only $5! This decision was easy. It’s a win/win. My in-laws live in Yakima Washington and my route from Oregon City to visit them includes a beautiful tour of the wind turbines that give us some of this energy. They are beautiful to see!
Another fact that I did not know until PGE’s most recent visit is that Oregon has the number one renewable program in the US. I am proud that my community cares about this worthy cause. Remember, you vote regarding your personal values by how you spend your money. If social responsibility and the environment are important to you, check out their program.
Kristina Browning is an Oregon City real estate agent, designer, photographer & adventure seeker. Lover of beer, travel & gourmet living. Mom to a sweet boy named Blue. Follow her on Twitter here.