electricity shopping

The Definitive Guide to Shopping for Electricity in Texas

You want to understand how to shop for electricity in Texas. You’ve probably bounced around to a lot of sites, looking for  something comprehensive that answers all your questions on how to shop for electricity and how to save money on your electricity bill.

Well, you found it. Here’s the definitive guide to shopping for electricity in Texas, to answer all your questions in one place.

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CT Electricity Choice – Can You Save on Electricity?

The Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel recently called for the end of electricity choice in Connecticut. The OCC says electricity choice doesn’t save money. Retailers say you can save. But what’s the reality?

We’ll give you both sides of the argument. We’ll tell you why Connecticut electricity rates are so high. And we’ll show how you really can save on your United Illuminating or Eversource bill when you switch suppliers.

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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 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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Power to Choose Alternatives Grow as PUCT Tries New Fixes

Electricity customers in Texas are searching for a Power to Choose alternative. And it’s no wonder. The Texas Power to Choose site has long been called the Power to Confuse. There are hundreds of plans to choose from, multiple rate structures to decipher, and fine print gotchas in most plans. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) is not happy with the games that retail energy providers are playing. They have publicly blasted electricity providers for taking advantage of consumers. Now they are taking action to address these issues.

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FES Bankruptcy – Exelon Saves the Day?

When First Energy Solutions (FES), a retailer serving nearly 1 million electricity customers entered bankruptcy in April, Ohio regulators were concerned.  After all, FES is the electric generation supplier of a large number of electricity municipal aggregations across Ohio.  What would happen to consumers as FES fought its way through bankruptcy proceedings?  It looks like a white knight has appeared on the horizon — Exelon Constellation.

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How to Shop for an Electric Supplier in Ohio

If you’re wondering how to shop for an OH electricity supplier, you’ve come to the right place!  We’ll help you learn how to make an apples to apples comparison of OH electricity rates and plans, the switching process, and the benefits of switching.

When you switch your electric supplier, you’ll benefit from savings versus the price to compare and the security of a fixed rate plan with a secure rate. You can even choose from plans that have green energy, free stuff, or that support a charity!

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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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Shopping For Your Best Electricity Deal? Know Your Usage

Being the electricity geeks that we are, we talk way too much with our customers, friends, and family about the price they’re paying for electricity. For whatever reason, people happen to like to swap stories about their electricity provider and rate. The conversation usually starts with “Hey, guess what? I just got a <insert ridiculously low rate>,” and usually (unfortunately) ends with a gotcha and a comment about teaser rates, fine print, and usage.

The biggest piece of advice we give to electricity shoppers is to know your historical electricity usage. This is especially true in markets like Texas where the advertised price of electricity is a combination of an energy rate and a delivery rate, and the final price you pay is completely dependent on your monthly kWh usage.

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