I drink a good amount of both coffee and energy drinks, but in college I ingested a truly ridiculous amount of caffeine on a daily basis. I usually had about 3 Rockstars a day (or more), plus coffee and pop, and that just got me normal. Like Krusty freebasing moon rocks.
@f00l@moonhat When I am travelling or have a busy social calendar, I take a daily multi in the morning, and in late afternoon I take a B Complex and a C. I’ve recently added D at my doctor’s suggestion. I seriously megadose on C in general, I get a lot in my food and then sometimes take tablets. But it seems to protect my health and I’ve never observed any ill effect. Right now what I use is Nature Made Stress B Complex, which includes B12, B6, C, E, zinc and a bunch of other stuff. I also take a 500mg C, and a 1000 IU D3. I don’t do this every day, just on days when I feel my immune system is pressed or when I need to be alert and social at night. B gives me clean energy, not some magic boost, just the ability to be as “on” at midnight as at noon. And it doesn’t have any negative impact on my sleep, even if plans get canceled and I go to bed early. After my latest blood panel my Dr was surprised (due to my age and weight) to report that I was in excellent health, she said she’s seen plenty of teenagers 1/3rd my age with worse results. The only warning was that I’m low on D, despite the multi, so I added an evening booster.
I pretty much quit caffeine. I was a hardcore Mt. Dew drinker. Now that I rarely have caffeine, if I do drink it, it actually keeps me awake. I sleep better at night now that I’m not constantly caffeinated.
I get 100% of my energy from renewable wind sources. I signed up for my power company’s ‘green power’ program, and they’re required by law to buy LECs in the same amount (or gen it themsleves, but they don’t).
@mike808 I would get solar, but our Electric Company has finagled themselves a $30 per month minimum payment. Since my electric bill runs somewhere between $30 and $70 a month (I’m frugal), tacking the cost of solar panels on top of a $30 monthly minimum isn’t practical.
There are also national companies that basically you contract with them to pay your bills on your behalf. They send you a bill, and buy/sell/trade RECs with your local utility. All states have a renewable energy goal for their utilities. i.e. some portion of their supply must come from renewables by law. So where do they get it? They buy it on the open market. That’s what RECs are for. When you’re enrolled in a green energy program, either the utility buys RECs for the amount of energy you use or the national contract company does and sells them to the utility companies to meet their quotas of “energy from renewables” goals.
It’s a free market solution to renewable power not being generated where people use it. The EPA “certifies” the RECs as they’re generated so everyone knows that that amount of energy came from renewable sources.
@moondrake Here’s a reasonably well-known national company that will do that - buy green energy with your regular utility bill money, sell them to other people, and use the proceeds to pay your bill on your behalf. The utility company has zero say in your doing this.
There’s usually a little overhead for them (Arcadia or equivalent) doing that, but you get certainty that the electricity you’re using was offset by someone generating that amount elsewhere (like where it is abundant).