Green Mountain Energy has just launched its new site BeGreen which allows consumers to calculate their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and purchase offsets that enable users to neutralize their carbon footprint. Green Mountain, based in Texas, is the country's largest supplier of green energy and serves both residential and commercial interests. Their highly interactive and informative BeGreen site allows users to calculate auto, home, air travel and natural gas emissions and purchase carbon offsets which go towards renewable energy credits, reforestation programs and other carbon offset technologies. In addition it allows users to create online profiles and get useful tips on living a low-impact lifestyle.
Green Energy states that since 1999, they've offset 2.5 million tons of carbon, the equivalent to:
- Recycling 13,714,009,486 aluminum cans; or
- Recycling 2,228,526,541 pounds of newspaper; or
- 6,190,351,504 miles not driven.
BeGreen was created by a small and ambitious interactive firm, digital telepathy, so passionate about creating a greener internet, it even offsets the CO2 of all the sites it builds. Yes, just by reading this you are powering monitors, servers, hard drives and who knows whatever other devices you have hooked to your computer. Don't think it's that much? Think again. DT also build a little site to track your real-time surfing emissions at greeninternet.org.