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Letter: Request renewable energy sources

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

If you are a DeKalb Township resident, you recently received a letter explaining the change-over to Homefield Energy as of Aug. 15 as part of the energy aggregation program that was voted upon this year by township residents.

In the letter it explains that you will automatically be signed up for the conventional energy plan unless you call and specifically request the renewable energy option, in which case your energy will come from 100 percent renewable resources (wind and solar).

I strongly urge you to call Homefield Energy and request this option. I did and it took about two minutes. First, however, I wanted to know the cost difference and I got some helpful information from Mike at Rock River Energy, the consulting company that advised DeKalb Township, that I will share.

I was happy to find out the cost difference is negligible. The cost for the conventional option is .057 cents a kilowatt hour, and for the all-renewable option the cost is .058 cents a kilowatt hour. Mike explained that the average household uses 700 KW per month, which equates to a difference of about 91 cents a month. He explained that there is an abundance of renewable energy, which is why the difference is so little. Thanks to Mike at Rock River Energy for patiently taking the time to explain everything to me.

Please call and choose the green option and contribute to slowing the depletion of nonrenewable and dirty resources such as coal and slowing the carbon dioxide emissions that they release into our atmosphere. You can call Homefield Energy at 866-694-1262 and make this easy request.

Danica Lovings

DeKalb

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