I am finally completely off the gas pipe in my home!
A few weeks ago, my hot water heater went out. It was the last appliance in my home that used gas. I have replaced it with an electric water heater. I wanted to use solar but, unfortunately, I didn’t have time to figure all that out.
We had to take cold showers and heat water to wash dishes for about a week while I contracted for wiring and installation, but now I have no part in the creation of fracking sacrifice zones.
The industry can’t seem to grasp the fact that, although homes in my area use gas for heating, I have made a different choice. Attorneys at my deposition barked questions about how I heat my home. They did not believe that I am on the grid but use 100% wind energy. On Twitter, trolls have tweeted personal information and my address because they can’t imagine life without gas–I must be lying. So, okay fellas, here is how it works:
When I moved here I contracted for 100% wind generated energy from: TXU Energy Texas Choice 12 with 100% WindSM
TXU requires a one-year commitment so they will know how much wind energy will be needed and there is an early cancellation fee of $100. What I pay depends on average usage that month. For 500 kWh, I would pay 12.6 cents. For 1000 kWh I would pay 11.4 cents. For 2000 kWh I would pay 10.9 cents. I get a 3% cash back that I can use to pay my bill.
From the TXU website:
If you want to help the environment without giving up comfort or convenience, get cash back, and have the security of price protection, then sign up on this plan. You can:
- Help the environment because all of the energy purchased for your plan comes from Texas wind power.
- Secure guaranteed price protection against rising power generation costs for one year.*
- Earn a 3% cash back loyalty reward on your annual electricity purchases.**
- Enjoy a simple, fixed rate for energy that doesn’t change with the seasons.
The most important thing to me is that my energy consumption did not cause a child to wake in the night covered in blood. It caused no one a rash or leukemia or diminished their property value.
Instead of using gas heating, I bought an EPA approved low emissions wood burning stove. It has a combustion device that burns off the emissions and it’s fun. I heated my home last winder for about $200 in wood and I have wood left over. There were a few very cold nights when I used an electric–100% wind–heater in my bathroom.
My oven and range are electric.
If you don’t want to participate in creating fracking sacrifice zones where your neighbors suffer, it’s easier than you think to say goodbye to that dirty boy natural gas.
Next step is a more environmentally friendly transportation plan. We have no mass transit in Allen but I can drive to Plano and take the Dallas Metro. I have found a bicycle with lots of big baskets. My car, a Honda Fit gets about 38 mpg on highway. I would like an electric to plug into my wind energy but I’m concerned about the rare earth minerals used for batteries. Too bad the fracking mafia killed the electric car years ago. Think where we might me now…
It’s a process but I’m getting there. You can get there too. Someone said this: Start. Keep going.
PS: I really wanted solar panels for my roof. Did you know that in Texas the fracking mafia can get a permit to drill in SEVEN days while it is a SIX-MONTH process to get a solar permit?