As temperatures in many places all across America are expected to continue dropping into the teens this week, we have all been keeping our thermostats high. In fact, with the drastic change of weather patterns from recent weeks, the U.S. power grid has experienced a big spike in energy demand in a short span of time.
As we attempt to keep our homes and apartments warm during this dramatic cold-spell, gas prices have risen, and some power providers have turned to using more coal and oil. They can use clean renewable energy sources instead, which are much more reliable in extreme cold weather conditions. But, for now, rising power prices have led to an increased use of dirty energy.
The good news is, there are many ways you can cut back on your energy usage while supporting renewables. You can even complete these goals all while staying safe and warm during this weekends’ sub-zero temperatures:
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Overusing dwindling nonrenewable resources is not the answer to a sustainable energy future. Renewable energy is the answer to keeping energy prices stable, no matter the spikes in use. Luckily, the renewable energy market is growing and more states are adopting renewable solutions.