Electricity Education

How to Read Your Commercial Electricity Bill

TDSP Charges can account for 50% or more of your company’s electricity bill. Yet, it’s the section of your electricity bill that you have the least control over.

Have you ever opened your commercial electricity bill to find surprising delivery charges? This typically happens in the demand portion of your commercial bill, but other areas can also be a surprise. 

What exactly are these TDSP charges on your electricity bill? And, more importantly, what can you do about them? Here’s how to read your commercial electricity bill.

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Texas Ancillary Services – What Are They? And Why Should You Care?

If you’re a business owner in Texas, you need to know that Ancillary Services could be passed through on your bill, depending on your contract language.

That’s what a number of businesses found out after Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. They were saddled with high bills from Ancillary Services pass-through charges when the wholesale price of ancillaries spiked as high as $25,000 per MWh on the ERCOT market.

Here’s what you need to know about Ancillary Services, what to do if you see Ancillary Services charges on your bill, and what’s being discussed at the regulatory levels on this issue.

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Should I Install a Whole House Generator?

Thinking about installing a whole house generator in your home on the Texas Gulf Coast? Good call. The Gulf Coast, including Houston, is prone to hurricanes, flooding and power outages. And after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, interest in natural gas standby generators is growing.

Here’s what you need to know about installing a whole house generator in Houston or elsewhere in Texas.

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What’s the Best Thermostat Setting for Summer?

What’s the best air conditioner temperature setting in the summer? You want to keep your home cool, but also want to keep control of your electricity bills. Here are our best thermostat settings for summer to set your A/C when you’re home, away from home and sleeping. Plus the best thermostat setting when you’re away on vacation, and ways to keep your house cool without touching the thermostat.

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What’s Going On With Texas Electricity? February 2021

What’s going on with Texas (ERCOT) electricity? And more importantly, why don’t I have lights?

Below we walk through what’s going on with Texas electricity during this brutal cold snap. We also have some ideas on why rolling blackouts have turned to 36+ hours without power in some areas.

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