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Bullfrog power brings new green alternatives 

We know we have green choices about food, methods of transportation and waste, but now Nova Scotians also have a choice about power.

We know we have green choices about food, methods of transportation and waste, but now Nova Scotians also have a choice about power. Bullfrog Power, started in Ontario in 2005, is a company certified by Environment Canada as 100 percent green that puts power from wind farms and low-impact hydro facilities into the regional grid.

“It’s just an environmental choice in an area that we’re not used to taking it,” says president Tom Heintzman, “but it’s a really important area.” Consumers who sign up with Bullfrog pay an added fee on top of their standard power bill for the energy they use to come from renewable sources. Rebecca Baxter of Rosebay, Lunenburg County signed up her home business with Bullfrog Power. She believes “to make an impact you need to have a lot of people on board” and sees this energy option as “as step in the right direction.” Although her friends think it’s a bit silly to pay the two cents extra per kilowatt hour, Baxter feels like it’s worth it to know that she’s not using power that pollutes.

Sign up for this service and you’ll not only be increasing the demand for renewable energy but promoting awareness.What Nova Scotia needs are “a lot of people really excited and really eager about renewable power,” says Baxter.

Shawna Henderson of St. Margaret’s Bay is another Bullfrog Power customer. She owns Befreehomes Design Limited, which focuses on energy efficiency in homes and decreasing energy loads. For Henderson, signing up to Bullfrog was “pretty much a no-brainer.”

Personally, and as a professional, she felt the need to be “walking the walk and talking the talk and putting [her] money where [her] beliefs are.” She’s already very conscious of energy efficiency in her home; she tells her children if they’re cold to put a sweater on before turning up the heat, but paying the extra amount gives yet another “impetus to push the household further.”

Heintzman believes “people can influence the world.” A lot of what we read about “environment issues and meetings between governments. . . seems so disempowering and as if an individual can’t have any control or influence.”

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