Electricity Education

Get Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday

For major retailers, there’s Black Friday. But for small business owners, Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is where the action is. You’ll want to develop a marketing plan to take advantage of this great sales weekend. In this article, you’ll get tips on developing your Small Business Saturday Marketing Plan.

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How to Build Small Business Credit

When you shop for small business electricity, your small business credit is a factor in getting your service set up.  The unfortunate reality is, you may have to pay a deposit to start electricity service for your small business. That’s why it’s important to build small business credit.  In this article, we’ll explain why you may have to pay a deposit, alternatives to pay a deposit, and how to build small business credit so you don’t have to pay a deposit.

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How to Shop for Business Electricity Rates

When you’re in business for yourself, business electricity is just one of the things that make it possible to work. You’ve got to shop for great business electricity rates plus set up internet, phone, computers, and maybe an alarm system, and of course hire and manage employees! We’re here to help you understand how to shop for business electricity rates and get the best plan for your business, whether it’s a small or large business. (The rest of it is up to you!)

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Business Electricity Basics – Power Up Your Business!

You’re looking for a business electricity plan for your Texas business. But first you need to understand what you’re shopping for and how to compare electricity plans for your business. It helps to know the basics — how to tell a KW from a kWh, delivery fees vs. energy costs, and what are demand charges?  In this article, we’ll demystify the mysteries of business electricity, so you can shop business electricity rates and make the best choice for your commercial electricity plan.

This article assumes that you are familiar with electricity shopping from purchasing it for your home. Need a refresher? Check out What is deregulation? Shopping for business electricity rates is a breeze once you understand a few specific things about business electricity in Texas.

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September 2018 Texas TDU Delivery Rate Changes

Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) delivery rate changes in Texas impact your monthly electric bill. It happens every September and every March. You open up your electricity bill and notice new line items, or a different charge compared to the prior month. Most of the time, it’s small changes in the delivery rates, but these can add up. There’s no way to avoid these changes, but it helps if you understand what’s going on.

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21 Tips to Manage Your Home Utilities in a Hurricane

Harvey, Maria, Sandy, Katrina. Just the names of these powerful hurricanes evoke strong memories of devastation and flooding. There are a lot of articles on hurricane preparedness for you and for your pets. But what about your home? Learn what you must know to manage your home’s utilities during a hurricane or a flood. Hurricane season peaks in early September, but flooding can occur any time of the year. Make sure you are prepared!

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Disconnection Notice from Your Electric Company in Texas? Know your Options

Most of us have been there. You forget to pay the bill. You go on vacation. You’re running short on funds. And then that disconnection notice comes in the mail. Oh no! What now? This article will explain your rights and responsibilities for your electricity bill in Texas, and how to avoid electricity disconnection.

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Understanding Ohio’s Price To Compare

To promote energy choice in Ohio, the Ohio PUC requires that all utility bills include a Price To Compare disclosure. The intent of including this rate on electric bills is to give electricity shoppers a reference point to determine if an offer from an alternative supplier is a good deal or not. Sounds pretty straight-forward, but have you ever wondered how your Price to Compare is actually calculated and how can you use that information to save money? Read on to learn more about what the Price To Compare number is (and also what it isn’t) so that you can accurately compare apples to apples electricity rates. 

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Electricity Explained: From Flow to Dough

America’s demand for electricity is huge, totaling 18% of the world’s electricity consumption in 2015. We take for granted that electricity will be there when we turn on the lights or crank up the air conditioner. We can’t imagine life without it. But, have you ever wondered how electricity is made, or where it comes from, or how we get it the instant we want it?

Beginning in 1879, electricity was first sold in the United States by the California Electric Light Company in San Francisco which produced and sold enough electricity to run about 20 electric lights.  Since then the use of electricity has grown exponentially. Fast forward to 2016 and Americans consumed about 3.85 trillion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In this post we cover the basics about what powers this huge amount of consumption, the sources of electricity in the US, and the role of deregulation.

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