The Xcel Energy’s Windsource Program Financial Hedge

The Xcel Energy Windsource program is a deal where you can opt-in to have your home’s energy come from wind power rather than asthma generating, mine shaft collapsing, black lung generating, water polluting sources. While the power sent to your house isn’t coming directly from wind turbines, Xcel is required to source their energy from wind sources in proportion to the number of people who opt-in.

So, please do.

When I first joined the program around 5-6 years ago, the net cost for me was around $7/month. That was affordable, and it felt good to do it. As I’ve managed to reduce my energy consumption, that has dropped to around $5/month.

But, here’s the beauty of this: The true net cost of switching to clean energy is actually much cheaper than $5/month. Take a look at my most recent power bill:

Xcel Energy Windsource Cost vs Dirty Energy Charges

Notice that I paid an extra $4.98 to have my energy sourced from wind turbines.

Now, check out the “Fuel Cost Charge”. This is where non-Windsource users were jacked an extra 2.85 cents per kWh to cover the costs of dirty energy like goal and natural gas. But, they couldn’t jack me because I don’t play that dirty energy game. Instead they kicked that back as a rebate, bringing my net cost for switching to non-asthma generating, mine shaft collapsing, black lung generating, water polluting sources: 96 cents.

Ask yourself: Is 3.2 cents per day too much to pay to avoid using electricity from asthma generating, mine shaft collapsing, black lung generating, water polluting sources? I would hope not.

It’s an easy choice, and only takes a minute: Sign up now.

6 thoughts on “The Xcel Energy’s Windsource Program Financial Hedge”

  1. Pingback: Windsource Savings | thingelstad
  2. 141kWh for a month’s usage? How on earth did you do that? Looking forward to a post on how you stay under 200kWh. A guy in Colorado got his family of 4 down to around 180kWh, and this couple got down under 3kWh/day!!

    But 141kWh! Nicely done, you qualify as a hyperwatter in my book.

  3. @Eric, I think the big factors for us are:

    1. No TVs.
    2. Efficient refrigerator.
    3. Well programmed thermostats.
    4. Quite a bit of travel, so our house has some off days.

    We have a gas water heater, clothes dryer, and stove, so the heat we’re creating with electricity is limited to a coffee maker, hair dryer, induction cooktop, and microwave. None of which run for much time over a month. Hanging laundry, like the guy in Colorado, would make a bit of a difference, but less so than in his case since he has an electric dryer. I’m also not a big fan of inconveniencing myself that much to save $1-2/mo in electricity.

  4. When I lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment, I used less than that, and much of it was the refrigerator. 141 KWH is very low for a house or apartment with several people.

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