Frequently Asked Questions

Renewable Energy

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  • What is a carbon footprint and why is it important?
    A carbon footprint is the measure of the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to climate change, an individual or organization emits in any given year. Most energy we use today is acquired primarily though burning fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. Conservation, recycling and smart energy use all help reduce carbon emissions that lead to climate change. One may reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint by purchasing RECs or by choosing renewable energy.  [Top]
  • What is the EarthEra program?
    The EarthEra program is a new, innovative initiative, created by NextEra Energy Resources, the nation's leader in renewable energy generation. EarthEra solutions provide many easy and inexpensive ways for concerned consumers, small businesses and corporations to join together to fight climate change by supporting the creation of new renewable energy development. The brand raises awareness on climate change with events and memberships and provides solutions with leading brands you know and trust.  [Top]
  • What is the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust?
    The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust was formed to have the maximum impact on our energy future. 100% of funds received by the Trust from the purchase of EarthEra products and services are directed toward the development and construction of new renewable energy projects. All marketing, administrative and other overhead expenses are paid by NextEra Energy Resources, which builds and owns the facilities. The Trust maximizes the beneficial impacts of your voluntary purchase and accelerates our progress toward a cleaner energy future.  [Top]
  • Will 100% of my EarthEra purchase go towards renewable energy development?
    The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust directs 100% of every purchase to the development of new renewable energy facilities, such as wind and solar. All marketing, administrative and other overhead expenses are paid by NextEra Energy Resources, thus assuring that every dollar is used for the development and construction of renewable energy facilities.  [Top]
  • Does the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust have high administrative costs?
    Administration costs are paid wholly, directly and outside of the Trust by NextEra Energy Resources. For maximum environmental benefit, 100% of the funds entering the Trust through your purchases are directed toward the development and construction of new renewable energy facilities, such as wind and solar energy projects.  [Top]
  • What is renewable energy?
    Electricity produced from hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and wave energy. This type of electricity is generated from resources that are naturally replenished.  [Top]
  • What are Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)?
    The environmental benefit of renewable energy is transferred to businesses and consumers through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). RECs are also referred to as Green Tags or Renewable Energy Credits. A REC represents the environmental benefits of producing 1,000 kWh (or one megawatt-hour) of electricity from a renewable energy source and the avoidance of the emission of approximately 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide.  [Top]
  • Is wind energy reliable?
    Wind energy is produced when specially designed blades capture natural air currents, spinning a turbine to generate electricity. Today's wind turbines are the most cost-effective renewable energy technology in the world, producing reliable power everyday.  [Top]
  • How can I purchase green energy when I do not have a choice in the type of electricity I receive?
    Even though you likely receive non-renewable energy from your local utility, you can still purchase renewable energy by purchasing the green power attributes of renewable energy. Here's how: when renewable energy is created from renewable sources, the electricity is added to the power grid. At the same time, a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) is created, verifying the creation of this clean form of electricity. One REC represents one (1) megawatt hour (MWh) generated from a renewable resource. For reference, the typical home uses one MWh of energy per month. Only one person can claim the benefits of the REC and by purchasing them, you are buying the green attributes of renewable energy no matter where it is created. RECs allow you to purchase green energy while supporting the creation of new renewable energy projects in the United States.  [Top]
  • How will my green purchase help fight climate change?
    Your purchase will help the renewable energy industry to grow, producing more renewable energy and reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Supporting renewable energy reduces your personal carbon footprint.  [Top]
  • What is climate change?
    Any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). Climate change may result from: natural factors, such as changes in the sun's intensity or slow changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun; natural processes within the climate system (e.g. changes in ocean circulation); human activities that change the atmosphere's composition (e.g. through burning fossil fuels) and changes to the land surface (e.g. deforestation, reforestation, urbanization, desertification, etc.)  [Top]
  • How is climate change harmful?
    Climate change is linked to an increase in severe weather events around the world including higher temperatures, melting icecaps, flooding and drought. If left unchecked, it is possible that climate change will adversely impact our natural ecosystems causing animal extinction and human suffering.  [Top]
  • Do I have an individual role in climate change?
    Most of the energy we use day to day comes from the burning of fossil fuels, which in turn, emits carbon into our atmosphere. So, every time we turn on a light, switch on a computer or drive our car, we are leaving our own personal carbon footprint. The more energy we use, the larger our personal impact on the environment.  [Top]
  • What are greenhouse gases?
    Any gas that absorbs infrared radiation in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases include, but are not limited to, water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrogen oxide (N2O), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone (O3), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).  [Top]
  • What does the term carbon neutral mean?
    A product or process that over its lifecycle does not contribute to the addition of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Also, a term applied to individuals, businesses, or organizations whose practices do not contribute any incremental carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. This can be achieved by reducing or avoiding carbon-emitting activities such as driving and electricity use and by mitigating one's emissions through the purchase of renewable energy certificates for electricity use and carbon offsets for direct emissions like driving.  [Top]
  • If I am partially causing climate change, how can I help stop it?
    Noted scientists say we cannot entirely stop global warming and climate change, but do provide two major ways we can reduce its progress. First, we can personally reduce our carbon impact by conserving the amount of energy we use in our homes and offices. Second, we can help neutralize or offset unavoidable energy use by purchasing renewable energy or carbon offset products.  [Top]
  • How does shopping through EarthEra work?
    Now you can help build more renewable energy for America every time you shop. Simply select an EarthEra shopping partner from our site by clicking through and shopping on their site as you normally would. You’ll enjoy the same great products, savings and promotions the merchant offers. But because you clicked through from our site, a percentage of your purchase price will automatically be directed to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust. There’s no extra cost to participate, just an extra click.  [Top]
  • What type of shopping partners does EarthEra feature?
    Our featured merchants come from many categories. Shop for clothes or a gift. Book a flight, hotel or rental car. Send flowers. Buy an e-book. No matter what shopping partner you choose, every penny from the “clean energy commissions” we receive from the merchant will be directed to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust to build new renewable energy facilities. Every penny.  [Top]
  • What is the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust?
    The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust is the backbone of the innovative EarthEra initiative. The Trust acts as a lock-box for revenue received from all EarthEra programs. Overseen by an independent trustee and a panel of outside advisors, the Trust uses 100% of the funds it receives to build new renewable energy facilities. The EarthEra program was formed by NextEra Energy Resources, North America’s largest producer of wind and solar power, with over 20 years of experience building, owning and operating renewable energy projects.   [Top]
  • Whose money is going to EarthEra as a result of my purchase?
    When you shop through EarthEra at one of our shopping partners, EarthEra is paid a commission by these shopping partners. We call these “clean energy commissions” because we direct every penny we receive to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust to build more renewable energy. There is no extra cost to you the shopper, and you enjoy the same great products, prices and promotions these merchants offer.  [Top]
  • When I shop through EarthEra, am I purchasing from you or your shopping partner?
    You are shopping directly from our shopping partners. When you click through to these featured merchant sites from EarthEra.com, we pass a code along to the merchant that tells them you came from EarthEra.com. When you arrive at their site and make a purchase, the merchant will automatically credit a "clean energy commission" to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust.  [Top]
  • Do I have to go through EarthEra.com every time I make a purchase?
    Yes. To have a percentage of your purchase directed to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust, you must reach the merchant's site by clicking through EarthEra.com first.  [Top]
  • Am I paying more or losing any level of service by clicking through EarthEra.com?
    Absolutely not! The experience is exactly the same as going to the retailer directly. You will receive the same prices and level of service offered by the merchant. The merchants are responsible for collecting payment, product shipping, returns, etc.  [Top]
  • Do all products offered by your shopping partners qualify for this opportunity?
    The majority of purchases at our shopping partner sites will generate "clean energy commissions" for EarthEra but each retailer has its own rules and some products may not qualify. For example: some merchants do not offer commissions for gift cards or gift certificates.  [Top]
  • Can I still use merchant coupon codes?
    Yes. When you see a coupon code, just copy it. Click over to the merchant site from EarthEra.com and use the code when the merchant asks for it, usually at checkout.  [Top]
  • What if I have trouble with an order I placed?
    If you're having problems with an order, you will need to contact the merchant directly. EarthEra.com is not a merchant. Each merchant you visit is responsible for your entire shopping experience including collecting payment, product shipping, returns, etc.  [Top]
  • How much money does the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust receive from each purchase?
    Merchants vary “clean energy commissions” based on the type of merchandise or service purchased. Commissions typically range from 1-10% of the product purchase price. Every penny of these funds is used to build new renewable energy projects.  [Top]
  • Can I track my activity?
    Individual activity cannot be tracked at this time. However, the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust is overseen by an independent trustee who reports all Trust activity including revenue received and disbursed. The Trust uses 100% of the funds it receives to build new renewable energy facilities.  [Top]
  • Is my participation tax deductible?
    No, however every penny from the "clean energy commissions" we receive from our shopping partners are used to build new renewable energy facilities.  [Top]