05/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Half Of Americans Can Buy Renewable Energy Right Now

Yes, there's a 50% chance that you could be buying renewable energy from your power company) right now--renewable energy can now officially reach half the country, according to EERE reports. For some reason, many of us still feel that the day when alternative energy will power our homes is off on the horizon--it still feels like something we're working towards rather than a palpable resource that's actually available.

Well it's time to change that perception, I say. To see if you have access to renewable energy in your area, check the US Department of Energy's Green Power Network. It has extensive listings of states and regions that are eligible to tap wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass power. The site also tells you which companies and power providers you should contact if you'd like to purchase clean electricity, and the premium you'll have to pay.