Published by Tara Energy
There are a number of factors involved in determining the rates that a company can expect to receive from a retail electricity provider.
One of those factors is consumption. The amount of energy you need annually will have an impact on the rates quoted. Obviously, the more power your firm uses, the more you will pay.
A simple way to tell if your business is getting good rates is to shop around. You can compare your existing rates to the rates being offered by other retailers. If there are better rates available, then you might consider changing companies. A good place to start is with a retailer that specializes in providing electricity to commercial entities and can customize a plan to suit your particular usage requirements.
Good rates are even better when forged with reliability, state-of-the-art value-added services, and strong commitment to relationship building.
Living in Houston, you can expect mild winters and hot summers. It's just what happens when you live in a sub-tropic climate. Our springs and falls are beyond compare for pleasant weather, but when summer rolls around, there is almost a palpable sense of communal dread. When temps can easily break 100° in August, we need all the help we can get to keep our energy costs reasonable. Here are some tips for doing just that:
Keep the Thermostat Between 76 and 78
This may seem warm—until you step inside after being out in upper-90s Houston weather, that is. This setting will reduce your energy costs.
Use Appropriate Insulation and Sealant
Proper insulation and sealant will keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
Draw Your Shades
This is simple and quick. Sunlight through the windows will warm your house causing the AC to fight to control it. Pulling the shades and drawing the curtains can help keep the electric bill at bay.
Plant Shrubs and Trees Where Your Home Catches Sunlight
Improve the curb appeal of your home and save on your cooling bills at the same time. Natural shade does wonders for helping keep temps and costs down.
Switch to a Provider with Better Rates
This tip is easier to implement than you might think. Do some online research until you find a company that has rates more in line with your budget. It can pay to switch.
Being able to choose your electricity provider in Houston is a wonderful thing. With choices come healthy competition and great offers. Beyond excellent rates, there are some things you should expect from a reputable electricity retailer:
1. Great customer service
Customer service is the lifeblood of a company. Exemplary customer service is invaluable. Don’t settle for less than excellent.
2. Online bill management
You should be able to log in and track your account and pay your bill online.
3. Establishing service over the phone
You can expect to start service with a phone call, and some companies have an easy online signup option as well.
4. Moving to an out-of-service area should not incur a penalty
When life circumstances require you to move, you shouldn't be punished for leaving the provider's service area.
5. Contract expiration date
It is important to be aware of your contract expiration date. You should be able to locate it on your bill.
6. Convenient bill paying options
Some options include paying online, auto-pay from a bank account, check by mail, or cash.