Carbon Offset Program
What is the Carbon Offset Program?
The Carbon Offset Program gives you the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets through a partnership between Duke Energy and NC GreenPower. All contributions go directly to NC GreenPower, which uses the funds to purchase carbon offsets from programs and technologies that reduce or prevent carbon or greenhouse gas emissions.
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Whether it’s driving, flying or turning on the air conditioner, our daily activities produce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Participation in the Carbon Offset Program is an easy and inexpensive way to balance out, or “offset” the environmental consequences produced by our energy-intensive lifestyles.
How it Works?
Through Duke Energy’s partnership with NC GreenPower, a non-profit organization, you can purchase carbon offsets to support programs that reduce or prevent the release of CO2 emissions. NC GreenPower evaluates each program using nine strict criteria and is currently accepting bids for both methane collection and forestation projects.
- A carbon offset may be purchased for $4 per month, which will offset 1,000 pounds of CO2 – the equivalent of 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy use based on Duke Energy’s generation mix.
- The average residential customer uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month.
- By purchasing one carbon offset each month for $4, you can balance your home’s carbon output.
- You may also elect to purchase additional offsets to help compensate for the emissions from driving, flying, etc.
Going green isn’t black and white.
The Carbon Offset Program can help you reduce your carbon footprint. However, there are several actions you can take today to move toward a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. At Duke Energy, we think of it as a threefold approach:
1. Energy Efficiency
Americans are cutting down energy consumption and creating more energy efficient homes by replacing traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), installing energy-saving appliances, and reducing electricity use during peak hours.
Duke Energy offers online energy-saving tips and tools to help you analyze your energy usage and find ways to conserve. Being efficient doesn’t stop with energy. Learn more about how you can make your overall lifestyle more efficient.
2. Cleaner, greener technologies
Cleaner technologies and renewable energy sources including solar, wind, biomass and water are providing new opportunities for reducing emissions and our dependence on foreign oil. These low-to-zero emission technologies will play an increasingly larger role in meeting the nation’s future energy demand.
Duke Energy makes it easy for our customers to support renewable energy through our partnership with NC GreenPower. Learn more about what Duke Energy is doing to bring additional renewable energy to the market.
3. Offset the rest.
When energy conservation alone isn’t enough, there’s the Carbon Offset Program.
Purchase carbon offsets now through the Carbon Offset Program.
I would like more information about the Carbon Offset Program.
- Learn more about our partnership with NC GreenPower.
At Duke Energy, we’re committed to reducing our own carbon footprint. Our aspiration is to cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030.
Read more about our 2030 plan.