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Illinoisans Are Getting Free $25 Target Gift Cards When They Alter Their Utility Bill

Did you know that you could get paid to use more wind energy?

With renewable energy company Arcadia Power , you can offset up to 100% of your monthly energy consumption with 100% renewable sources in about two minutes.

Arcadia Power matches each kilowatt-hour of power you use with a kilowatt-hour of wind energy. Basically, the company purchases certified renewable energy certificates in your name, so others can take advantage of clean energy in their area.

And, because you’re such a good person, the company will throw in a free $25 Target GiftCard™

Why you should connect your online electric utility account to Arcadia Power :

  1. It’s free, and only takes a few minutes.
  2. Arcadia Power matches your usage to clean energy sources and automatically gets you lower energy prices when they become available in your area, while your utility continues to deliver reliable electricity.
  3. You rest easy knowing you’re being green while helping your wallet — all without having to install or commit to anything.

Eric Hanson wanted a cleaner energy source, but didn’t have the option in his area — and didn’t want to install pricy solar panels.

So he went with Arcadia Power , which offers him a way to drive the demand for sustainably sourced electricity, even though it’s not available in his area yet.

“On a fundamental level, the power that I use in my house is coming from renewable sources,” Hanson says. “By providing financial support for renewable energy sites, I can disrupt the market. I’m willing to support green growth.”

Bonus: Arcadia lets you see an online dashboard to track your power usage  — and Illinoisans can sign up for price alerts to find the cheapest energy rates available.

You can sign up to qualify for your free Target GiftCard™  in about two minutes.

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Earn up to $300: Here’s How to Get Paid to Watch Movie Previews

We know it sounds far fetched, but it’s possible to earn extra money watching movie previews.

In fact, if you’re really committed, you could earn almost $300 a month with the tips listed below.

1. Earn up to $225/Month Watching Movie Previews

Most of you already know about InboxDollars , but did you know that it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you’ll get a bonus $5 just for signing up .

You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about a half hour.

The availability is subject to change, but it’s possible to earn up to $225 a month watching these videos !

2. Earn up to $90/Month Playing Videos While You Work

Businesswoman drinking coffee and text messaging with feet up in office

Yup, Swagbucks pays you to watch videos!

The videos are in all sorts of categories — entertainment, home, travel — so you’re likely to find something that appeals to you. Or, try this trick: Just turn off the sound on your computer, open a new tab, and keep the videos going in the background while you work.

You can also download the Swagbucks TV app, which plays videos back-to-back on your phone. Again, just plug in your phone, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and set it aside to play videos — and earn rewards — while you do something else.

You could earn up to $90 a month watching videos through Swagbucks — plus you’ll get a $5 bonus if you watch enough videos in your first 60 days.

3. Earn up to $30/Day With “In-Theater Checks”

When he was just getting started, The Penny Hoarder CEO Kyle Taylor used to get paid to attend movie premieres. He got $30 to go to a Harry Potter premiere! (He would have totally gone for free.)

Theaters and movie studios want to collect data about the audience that attends their movie premieres. They want to know how many people buy tickets on opening day, which screening time is most popular and which previews are being shown. And they want independent data from third party evaluators — that’s where you come in.

Movie premiere secret shopping is called an “in-theater check.” To apply, you’ll need to fill out an application with the mystery shopping company Market Force Information.

The application is just a few questions long, and nearly everyone in the U.S. and Canada is eligible.

Once you’re accepted as an auditor, keep an eye out for email alerts for new assignments in your area. You can accept or decline any assignments — so if a movie’s not even worth watching for $30, you don’t have to see it!

In-theater checks don’t come with huge paydays, but you’ll get a free movie and earn about $10 to $20 an hour for your time.

Originally posted at The Penny Hoarder.