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How to Hack Your Energy Bill and Get a Free $20 to Spend on Amazon

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Rebecca Rindler of Brooklyn, New York is saving money on her power bill and helping fund renewable energy sources through Arcadia Power. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

You know you want a $20 Amazon gift card for free. Who wouldn’t?

Did we mention that it’s an Amazon gift card? And it’s for twenty bucks? And you get it for free?

All you have to do is switch your home’s energy provider to… wait, wait, don’t go away! This is super easy, we promise! It’ll take you just a few minutes, tops.

Just sign up with the renewable energy company Arcadia Power, which helps you offset your monthly energy consumption with 100% renewable sources and can help you cut your power bill.

So you’re doing your little bit to save the earth and saving money on your power bill at the same time.

This Company Makes It Easy to Support Wind Energy

Rebecca Rindler of Brooklyn, New York is an an Arcadia Power customer who benefitted from price alerts which lowered her electricity rates.

Rindler looks at her energy usage report from Arcadia Power. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Arcadia Power matches each kilowatt-hour of power you use with a kilowatt-hour of wind energy. Basically the company purchases certified renewable energy certificates in your name, so others can take advantage of clean energy in their area.

By providing financial support for sources of wind power, you’re helping to promote clean energy.

That’s important for people like Rebecca Rindler, a financial services worker who lives in Brooklyn.

“I really liked Arcadia, because they use renewable energy sources, so they’re a way to improve sustainability,” said Rindler. “That’s something that matters to me.”

It took her all of two minutes to sign up with Arcadia. Then the company’s price alerts program started saving her money.

For decades, consumers have been told who provides power to their area. In recent years, more than a dozen states have deregulated power, allowing consumers to shop for energy providers just like they would television or internet providers.

Arcadia searched for companies that could supply Rindler power at a lower cost. When they found one, they signed her up, and she started paying less for her electricity.

“It was simple and easy to understand,” she said. “Basically, I did nothing.”

With Arcadia’s online dashboard, Rindler keeps an eye on her account. She figures she saved about $120 on her electric bills over the past year.

So, that’s the deal.

All that, plus a free $20 Amazon gift card. Did we mention that?

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He’s fond of Amazon gift cards.

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