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If you’ve ever tried to pay for your electricity bill using a credit card, you probably noticed that most major utilities in the U.S. charge a hefty fee — anywhere from one to four dollars per transaction.

With the cost of living rising across the country, the last thing anyone needs is to be spending up to $100 a year in extra utility fees.

Amazon, Netflix, Apple, and Lyft don’t charge us credit card fees, so why do utilities?

If every electric customer paid their bills by credit or debit card, the additional fees would add up to $4 billion a year.

At Arcadia, we feel strongly that everyone should be able to support clean energy, without having to worry about cost. So, we decided to take our clean energy platform a step further. Starting today, you can now use your credit card to pay for your Arcadia clean power bill with no added fee. And anyone in the U.S. with an electric utility account can sign up for a clean energy account.

The best part? Not only will your monthly electricity bill support renewable energy, it will contribute to your flight miles, cash back fund, or any other credit card point benefits you enjoy.

Setting up your new clean energy account and billing method is easy and takes just a few minutes.

  1. Enter your existing utility username and password on our sign-up page.
  2. Enter the credit card that you wish to use to pay your power bill.
  3. We’ll manage your utility account for you, and make sure that 50% (or 100%) of your monthly electric use goes to supporting renewable energy.
  4. We’ll charge your credit card each month, send you your monthly clean energy statement, and send the payment directly to your utility.

For years people have been paying their utility bills without credit cards, so utilities have little to no incentive to change their policies. Here is a breakdown of typical card fees and what you’d ultimately save in a year by using Arcadia:

At Arcadia, we are committed to putting you – our members – first. We believe that more people will choose to support clean energy if we empower them to.

Connect your utility account today to start supporting clean energy. We’ll be your energy advocate.

-- Kiran Bhatraju, CEO, Arcadia

*If you are an existing Arcadia member, simply visit the “Account” section on your Arcadia dashboard to update your payment information.