It is pretty easy to find and follow through on green energy tips, like “Tips to Help You Save Money, Make Money and Do Good for the Environment and Clean Green Driving Tips to Save the Environment and Money. But how often do you find a resource that provides you with green energy tips for your home and pays you to do them?
My Emissions Exchange is a website resource where it pays you to follow through on those environmentally friendly changes you have been planning to do in your home. You earn money for completing tasks that reduce your carbon footprint. You simply measure, reduce and earn. It “tackles the increasingly important issue of global warming in a new way: by paying individuals for reducing their carbon emissions. . . it allows participating members to earn money by brokering their personal carbon credits on the voluntary carbon market and returning the proceeds.”
How does My Emissions Exchange Work?
First you sign up and create a profile account. You measure your home energy usage for the past year. You will also be measuring your usage for each month you are with My Emission Exchange. Don’t worry they walk you through the measuring process.
Next reduce your carbon footprint using the tips that this website provides to you. If you don’t understand them or don’t know how to complete some of these energy saving tips My Emission Exchange also provides you with videos, how to’s and a blog where you can share with other homeowners trying to go green.
This may be the most helpful portion of the site and you don’t even have to be a member to use it! Specific tasks that reduce your carbon footprint are listed with an estimated amount of CO2 lbs a year that they can save as well as the estimated savings per year to your homeowner expenses. For example, close the flue on your fireplace reduces 96 lbs of carbon emissions and may save you $11.00 a year. There are different levels of environmental involvement from beginner tips to some serious investments in energy savings like installing double pane windows. These helpful tips could save you almost $4,000 a year in costs, not to mention the money you will earn on the Exchange.
After you check off the completion of each tasks on your profile and measure your home energy usage each month you input it into your account. As your carbon footprint and energy usage is decreased, your ability to make some money increases. How can you earn money by saving the environment?
My Emission Exchange certifies your reductions and awards you carbon credits similar to those currently granted to companies, states, and countries. Your carbon credits earn you anywhere between $10.00 and $25.00 per ton of carbon avoided. After their 20% commission the remaining funds are put in your PayPal account.
For example, using the tips they provide you with you reduce your usage by 10 tons. Ten tons of carbon credit x $10.00 equals $100.00, minus the 20% commission leaves you with $80.00. This amount is paid to your PayPal account for you to do as you please.
Where will My Emission Exchange go next?
They hope to add programs that will help you earn money and reduce carbon emissions from your cars, your personal travel and even on purchases. They also ask members for feedback and suggestions for improvement.
The goal behind this is to get people’s attention. After all, who doesn’t want to make and save money? By assigning a monetary value to saving the environment (or depending on how you look at it a penalty or premium paid for being non energy efficient ) this site helps us all “put our money where our mouth is” when it comes to reducing our energy usage and carbon emissions.