by Annie Holub
I'm currently working on a feature about a very environmentally-conscious band called Cloud Cult (who you can read all about in next week's Weekly), and Craig Minowa, the main guy behind the project, clued me in to an interesting way to offset your energy usage. I have to admit, it seems somewhat sketchy to me—and also, as a starving grad student/freelance writer, even an extra $8 a month hurts—but the concept is intriguing nonetheless: The site calculates the amount of carbon you emit, and then you pay them (average is $8 a month), and they put your money toward creating green energy (i.e., wind turbines, or methane) so that they can create that same amount of energy without carbon emissions. I would much rather just shave $8 a month off my current bill by using less energy to begin with, and then buy some lunch. But that's just me.