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Does My Service Company Lose Money If I Switch Suppliers?

- Tuesday, March 08, 2011

This is a question we get asked all the time. Businesses that are able to make their own electricity choice regarding their energy suppliers will often feel that the utility company that services them might become upset if they switch energy suppliers. Some businesses have been loyal customers to their utility company for many years and feel guilty about switching.

The utility company that brings the energy to your home or business will not be impacted in any way. They encourage their customers to try and find ways to reduce energy costs. The utility companies do not make any money on the cost of the electricity that is delivered to your business. They are, actually, not allowed to earn a profit on the energy part of your bill. They would pay the same rate that you would pay and deliver to the customers who have not chosen an alternate energy supplier. Your local utility company will still be responsible for the delivery, maintenance, billing, and distribution of your electricity. So it is in your company’s best interest to begin to search for an energy supplier that has competitive rates.

Your Carbon Footprint

- Monday, February 21, 2011

At this point, everyone is aware of the effects that harmful greenhouse gases have on the environment regarding climate change. We all know we have to do our part and make changes whether they are big or small, in our homes or our business.

A carbon footprint is the measure of the effect in the amount of carbon dioxide we as individuals put into the air through the burning of fossil fuels. How we use up our energy at home, in our business or via transportation can be controlled and it is the responsibility of us all to reduce this carbon footprint. Fuel-efficient cars have a smaller footprint, as do homes using energy efficient light bulbs. Businesses which operate in a city offering energy deregulation are allowed a choice in energy providers that will offer them a chance to lower their carbon footprint by opting for a more energy efficient fuel choice.

As your home or business looks for ways to reduce energy costs, you are ensuring that you will be decreasing your carbon footprint and playing a part in protecting our environment

VA Energy Choice Saves Customers Money on Electricity and Natural Gas

- Friday, February 18, 2011

Virginia commercial and residential customers in the service utility areas of Columbia Natural Gas and Washington Gas and Light territories now have the choice to choose alternate energy suppliers. Energy-Tel provides Virginia electricity and natural gas customers with alternate energy providers to save them up to 20%. Multiple location commercial customers can aggregate their locations to maximize their savings. Call an Energy-Tel consultant today for your free energy analysis to lower and reduce your energy costs today. 800-708-3086. Thank you.

Generation Charges on Your Bill

- Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As you begin the exciting prospect of choosing an energy supplier to help reduce energy costs, you’ll want to take a closer look at your energy bill. Unbundling your electric bill and finding your generation charges will show you where you will be able to reduce the charges.

In the past, when the electric bill came, the only part folks looked at was the amount due. They paid their bill and didn’t give it another thought. That was when the bill was bundled – meaning, the energy providers lumped all costs into one sum. But since energy bills are unbundled, folks can see exactly where their money is going and more importantly with electricity deregulation, they see how much they can save in terms of generation charges. These prices can be negotiated in a competitive environment.

Generation charges refer to the cost of power generated which is determined by the metered kilowatt hours multiplied by the unit price. With electricity deregulation, consumers can take control over this part of their bill by shopping around for competitive rates. They can also change their usage by employing many energy conservation tips

Electricity Choice A Boon to the Environment

- Monday, February 14, 2011

As more and more states offer deregulated power our electricity choice improves. And with this comes not only competition among energy providers who can offer competitive rates, but also greener solutions in terms of alternative and renewable energy sources.

With more options being placed in the consumer’s hands, they are now able to opt for the company that offers energy choices that produce less pollution and reduce a home or business’ carbon footprint. With consumers having their “say”, energy suppliers are going to be forced to comply with their demands for cleaner energy. They are now going to be held to a standard that suggests if they want to stay competitive or even in business, they will have to offer power that is safe for the environment, clean and efficient without any negative side effects.

As competition grows in this industry it only stands to reason that so will solutions to alternative energy that is more efficient and cost-effective than the choices, or lack thereof, that we have today. It’s a win for the consumers, but more importantly, it’s a definite win for the earth!

The "Energy" Choice is Ours

- Thursday, February 10, 2011

As consumers, we like to be given a choice. We like to shop around for the best price, feel good that we made the best decision and are ultimately happy with our purchase. What’s even better is when we read, “we’ll match any competitor’s price”. Now we don’t even have to go out of our way to get the best price. That is great customer service. That is a company willing to go to bat, for me!

But when it comes to a free market where our electricity choice is concerned, many businesses think their hands are tied. Believing that they are at the mercy of their energy suppliers, businesses are under the misconception that if the electricity rates go up, well, they have to pay the higher rates. Everyone needs heat. Companies know this and some take advantage. Not so anymore.

As the energy market becomes deregulated, more and more electricity companies will be vying for your business allowing your company to get competitive rates. Being able to have an electricity choice in a company that will offer incentives, puts you back in the driver’s seat.

If your business wants to switch to natural gas, it is now very possible to get competitive rates. Natural gas is plentiful in the United States and when it is burned it gives off few emissions, unlike fossil fuels. Also, unlike fossil fuels, natural gas burns clean, which means it is not expelling harmful carcinogens and toxic by products into the air, harming the environment. Being able to get a competitive price for natural gas, allows businesses the choice to go green with a cleaner, healthier method in receiving electricity.

Natural Gas Choice for Commercial Properties

- Monday, February 07, 2011

Commercial use of natural gas includes hotels, restaurants, schools, churches and government offices. Natural gas has long been considered the fuel of choice for water heating and interior heating. But more and more business that require cooling and cooking fuel are opting for the natural gas choice.

Natural gas is one of the safest, and cleanest of all the energy sources and with technological advances that allow natural gas to be used for cooling and cooking, it is one of the most useful.

Another technological innovation brought about is combined heating and power (CHP) and combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) systems, which are used in commercial settings to increase energy efficiency. These are integrated systems that are able to use energy that is normally lost as heat. For example, heat that is released from natural gas powered electricity generators can be harnessed to run space or water heaters, or commercial boilers. Using this normally wasted energy can dramatically improve energy efficiency.


Being afforded this choice has many businesses opting for the natural gas choice and are not only saving money but, since natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel, are helping to save the environment.

Looking for an Alternate Energy Supplier?

- Thursday, February 03, 2011

Looking to switch energy suppliers may seem like a daunting task, but it is really quite simple and one of the easiest ways that you can save on your energy bills.

The Internet has made searching for an alternate energy supplier very easy. Before you begin searching, you should create a chart listing all the suppliers in your area. Be certain to put as much information as you can about each company.

Visit all their websites and record what their current rates are and if they offer deals or tariffs. Some energy suppliers will offer a discount if you prepay for the year or quarter, or if you pay with cash. Ask the supplier to tell you about all these options up front so you can make the most informed decision. Remember to have the information on your current provider on the list so as to compare prices and deals. If you don’t find the information on their website, they should be very willing to mail you their fact sheet.

You will need to know how much energy you currently use. Looking back at your energy bills from the previous year will provide this information. Make sure you look at the actual meter readings and not a projection.

Remember to ask about penalties and hidden charges. These could be steep and may be the deciding factor on whether you choose a company.

And also do your research where reviews are concerned. Contacting the BBB (Better Business Bureau) is a great start to make sure any business you are considering has complied with all regulations and does not have any complaints from customers. It’s important that the company you switch to be the company in which you feel most comfortable.

Small Business - Compare Energy Rates

Tony Gattuso - Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Everyone is aware of the rising cost of energy, especially the folks who run small businesses. Electricity and heating bills are increasing every year and it’s getting harder and harder for some small businesses to make ends meet.

Any company, regardless of its size, should compare energy rates from different energy providers. The savings that can be accumulated throughout the year can really impact the company’s overall profit.

Some businesses are under the misconception that shopping around for energy suppliers to reduce energy costs is only applicable to residential customers. Comparing energy rates is crucial when keeping costs down for your company.

There are many factors involved that will determine how much your business is going to save on energy. From the size of the business to where your business is located, to name just a few. Many energy providers will often offer energy tariffs to keep your business. Some tariffs are offered if your business uses any renewable energy resources. And with over 30 states involved with energy deregulation, a business doesn’t need to settle but can really get involved in finding the best deal around.

Small Changes to Help Reduce Energy Costs in Home

Tony Gattuso - Friday, January 28, 2011

A little knowledge can provide large savings especially in reducing energy
costs in your home. With the high cost of heating homes, you will be
surprised to see how these small changes really add up.

Turning off the lights in empty rooms and using energy efficient light bulbs
when they are in use is a great first step. Energy efficient light bulbs,
such as flourescent, use 75% less energy than a traditional light bulb. They
can also last up to 4 years.

Repairing leaks around doors and windows will save on heating bills in the
winter and electricity bills, if an air conditioner is in use, in the
summer. Hanging draperies in the summer months to help keep the hot sun from
increasing the heat in a home will help to reduce energy costs in your home.

Programmable thermometers are a great investment. Turning on the heat or air
conditioner only when the home reaches a certain temperature is a great way
to save on electricity. A change of just 2 degrees up or down depending on
the season, can save up to 10% off your energy bill.

When using the dishwasher, let the dishes air dry instead of using the heat
setting. Also, when washing clothes, wash them in cold water. And in the
summer, consider line-drying some items. Dryers use up a lot of electricity,
so whenever possible let the summer breeze do the drying for you.

Insulating your water heater and HVAC ducts as well as your attic is a great
idea. Also, lowering your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and adding
an energy efficient shower head are a couple of simple fixes for the shower.

These are a few small, low-cost changes to reduce energy costs in your home
that can be made right away!

You have the power
to contain energy costs

Businesses save on average 10-30% off their energy costs

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