3 Ways You Can Make a Difference on National Renewable Energy Day

Renewable energy isn’t just about solar and wind versus coal. It’s about more jobs, and healthier jobs, for our community. At VCE, our goal is to be 100% renewable by 2030 – an ambitious goal in the face of ever-rising power costs. But it’s important to us to make a meaningful impact on climate change in the best way we know how – through our power portfolio.

The climate crisis is making the need for renewable energy solutions increasingly evident. We need to switch our reliance on dirty, polluting fossil fuels to cleaner sources that naturally replenish themselves. Various organizations, environmentalists, and advocates joined forces to establish a day dedicated to promoting and celebrating clean and sustainable energy. National Renewable Energy Day has evolved and gained traction as a way for communities nationwide to recognize the importance of individual action contributing to the collective actions that can drive the necessary change toward a more sustainable future.

As we celebrate National Renewable Energy Day, it’s crucial to go beyond just acknowledging the importance of clean energy sources. It’s an opportunity for each of us to take actionable steps that keep our air and water cleaner.


Reduce Energy Consumption

One of the most effective ways to support renewable energy is by minimizing overall energy consumption. Simple actions like turning off lights and appliances when not in use, investing in energy-efficient technologies, and practicing energy conservation at home and in the workplace can make a significant impact. If you are able to, unplug the plugs not in use (or shut off power strips) to decrease “vampire load.” TVs, desktop computers and gaming consoles are the main culprits in using electricity while plugged in but not in use. This can also help you save money on your electricity bill.


Invest in Renewable Energy

Consider energy choices like UltraGreen, where you can opt to receive 100% renewable energy for your home or business. The average cost for a household to opt up is only about $7-10 per month, a small price to pay for the long-term benefits of cleaner air and a reduced carbon footprint. By choosing renewable energy options, you directly contribute to the growth of the renewable energy sector and help build a more sustainable energy infrastructure for your community.


Promote Renewable Energy Education

Raising awareness about the benefits of renewable energy is crucial for fostering a collective commitment to a cleaner future. Share information within your community through various channels such as organizing educational events, webinars, or social media campaigns. By empowering others with knowledge, you play a vital role in encouraging the adoption of renewable energy practices. Highlighting the positive impacts of sustainable energy sources not only educates but also inspires individuals to make informed choices that contribute to a cleaner climate.

Reducing energy consumption, promoting renewable energy education, and investing in clean energy sources are 3 easy ways to contribute to a sustainable future. By taking small actions now, you can become a driving force for positive change, inspiring others to join the movement toward a healthier planet.