Take Action: How to Opt Into Renewable Energy from Anywhere in the U.S.

When you imagine a home that runs on renewable energy, maybe you picture a roof full of solar panels, but you don’t need solar panels to opt into renewable energy. Whether you live in a house, apartment, or condo, whether you rent or own, you can opt into green electricity no matter where you live in the U.S. 

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In August of 2022, Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Despite its name, this law is actually packed with incentives and regulations intended to expedite the transition to renewable energy. According to the White House, in the 12 months since the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, the private sector has announced hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy investment, including manufacturing and vehicles. The White House projects that this law will save Americans $27-38 billion on electricity bills. 

But the U.S. energy grid is complex (to say the least), and the renewable energy options available to someone in Texas aren’t the same options available to someone in California. That’s why we launched a guide that makes it easy to find the best options for you — plus, you can calculate how much emissions you’ll save! 

The average American household would reduce their annual footprint by 4,135 kg CO₂e by switching to renewable electricity. That’s equivalent to the emissions from driving about 10,600 miles in a gas-powered car.

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How to switch to renewable energy

In the Commons app, we’ll guide you to your best renewable energy options based on where you live.

Your location matters because some states are regulated while others are deregulated. In states with regulated energy markets, utility companies own the generation, transmission, and distribution. More companies can buy and sell electricity in deregulated states, so there are typically more renewable energy options in these states. You can learn more about the regulated and deregulated states here.

If you have solar panels installed, kudos! You can still supplement your electricity with our renewable energy recommendations in the app if your panels aren’t meeting 100% of your electricity needs. 

With the Commons app, you can discover which of these renewable energy options are available to you: 

  • Community Solar: Get the benefits of local solar without installing panels at home. 
  • Community Choice Aggregation: Community Choice Aggregators may have local renewable energy options.
  • Purchasing RECs: From any state in the U.S., you can purchase RECs to support solar and wind energy generation across the U.S.
  • Switching your utility: If you live in a deregulated state, you may be able to switch directly to a renewable energy provider.

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Our collective impact

With only 20% of U.S. energy coming from renewable sources, the energy sector has huge potential for decarbonization. 

The residential sector accounts for 21% of the total U.S. energy consumption. Together, we can drastically accelerate the energy transition away from fossil fuels and onto renewable energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels.

Ready to be part of the change? Download Commons to find the best renewable energy options for you → 

Making your voice heard

Are you missing out on rebates or tax credits? It’s not easy to find all the government incentives for renewable energy.

In the new Switch to Renewable Energy guide, you’ll discover easy ways to contact your representatives about making renewable energy resources more accessible and widely available.

Take action! Download Commons to find the best renewable energy options for you → 

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