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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How to Sniff Out a Texas Teaser Electric Rate

Texas teaser rates are rates that look great on the surface. But once you dig into the details, you find that your electricity rate isn’t what you expected.

Maybe you’ve seen a teaser rate before. It’s a rate that seems just too good to be true. These teaser electricity rates create confusion for customers looking for the best deal.

It’s one of the reasons we created We evaluate electricity plans to find the best ones, so you don’t have to worry about it. But what exactly is a teaser rate, and how do you avoid them?

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The Basics: How to Shop for an Electricity Plan

It’s easy to shop for an electricity plan. But for many consumers living in states with electricity deregulation? Well, the process of how to shop for an electricity plan can seem overwhelming.

After all, many states have a large number of electricity providers. Each provider offers different plans that often look very similar at first glance. If you’re not sure how to get started shopping for electricity plans, you’re not alone. This short guide will get you started.

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What’s the Difference Between a Utility and an Electricity Provider?

When it’s time to choose an electricity plan, it can be really confusing picking your way between all the options available and the host of new terms.

One of the most common sticking points for electricity customers is what is the difference between electric delivery vs. electric supply?

They’re both vital to the success of electricity deregulation, but they play very different roles. Understanding how they fit together can make a big difference in your overall confidence as an electricity customer trying to shop for the best electricity plan.

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