Finding Deals on Electricity

October
17th
2013

Finding energy for your home often means comparing rates from several different utility companies. Most companies try to entice new customers with lower rates, but you have to consider whether these rates will last all year or jump to a ridiculously high rate after a month. There are several ways to find the best energy rate and pick the right company for your energy needs.

Introductory Offers

Most energy companies create introductory offer campaigns to bring in new customers. These rates may be extremely low at first compared to other energy providers, but they may increase over time or even have an unpredictable increase after a year. The key things to look for include longer introductory offers and rate protection plans. This means that the introductory offer may last from 6 to 24 months, and the company will provide a protection plan to ensure that you get to keep your low rate for the entire period. You should always read the fine print when agreeing to one of these deals.

Locked In Rates

Some companies offer a lower-than-average energy rate that you have to sign an agreement to lock in. The agreement usually stipulates that you won’t discontinue services for a period of time, and if you do, you must pay a fee to cancel. The lock-in rates are usually only available for 1 and 2 year agreements. You typically save anywhere between 1 and 2 cents on energy consumption with these types of plans. They should also include a rate protection clause.

Amenities and Customer Service

A low rate might seem like a good deal, but are you able to pay your bills online? Does the company charge fees for paying with debit cards or bank accounts? These are some other factors to consider when figuring out the yearly cost of your energy rates. If you aren’t able to conveniently pay your bill on time, there may also be late fees and penalties.

Security Deposit, Late Fees and Penalties

Some energy companies have a lot of extra fees that they don’t explicitly state on their advertisements for low rates. The best way to figure out what these would cost is to call their customer service before signing up for any plan. You should ask whether they require a deposit and how much that costs as well as what the late fees and penalties are. In addition, they should be able to tell you what period of payment is considered late, and what are the penalties if you go beyond that period. For example, how long will it take them to turn off your electricity if it isn’t paid on time, and what is the fee and turnaround time to get your power back?

Solar Power and Renewable Energy

Some electicity companies actually sell solar power and renewable energy. Sometimes these are higher priced energy rates, but you are supporting an eco-friendly energy resource.

Month-to-Month to Three Plans

Typically, a month-to-month plan is much harder to predict and also has higher rates. While you may start off with a lower rate, it may increase over time depending on the agreement. With a locked-in agreement that spans 2 to 3 years, your rate may initially be higher but save you money in the long run if rates are on the rise for your area.

Can You Implement Renewable Energy in Your Home?

July
10th
2013

Renewable energy is a popular source for most homes simply because of the amount of money the average person is able to save with it. The truth of the matter is that electric and fuel prices are going up and it is very expensive to live in a home that has gas-powered heat and a lot of electric appliances. Not only do you have a mortgage to pay every month, but you probably also have ridiculously Read the rest of this entry »

What Are a Few Alternative Fuel Options?

July
8th
2013

Fossil fuels are limited resources that cause potentially-devastating climate change. In order to save the planet, humans need alternatives to fossil fuels. Fortunately, nature has provided many viable alternatives that are renewable and do not emit the carbon dioxide that causes global warming.

Solar energy is one of the most promising and viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity is becoming more cost-effective with technological advances, and the renewable resource is available practically anywhere.

Wind energy is also Read the rest of this entry »

How to Build Your New, Green House

July
4th
2013

Are you looking for a way to continue your hobby of gardening well into the cooler months of autumn and winter? If so, then you might very well be considering the option of buying or building a greenhouse on your property. After all, these are spaces that are great for gardening during any time of year because they can be climate controlled to keep even the most vulnerable plants safe from frost and other serious damage caused by weather. Of course, if you are thinking about adding a greenhouse to your home, you are probably wondering whether Read the rest of this entry »

5 Easy Tips for Happy Green Living

July
1st
2013

Green living might seem like a hassle, but it can be quite easy for those who make the smallest of efforts. Keep reading to discover 5 easy tips for happy green living.

1. Recycle: Recycling is one of the best things that you can do for the environment, and most communities have a conveniently placed recycling center to make the process even easier for busy families.

2. Ride a bike: Bicycling is an excellent way to keep fit, but it also reduces the amount of pollution that Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to Growing Your Own Organic Garden

June
30th
2013

An organic garden is one of the best ways to keep your family healthy while enjoying food that is free from harmful chemicals. While many people would love to begin an organic garden, they often worry that they do not have enough time or knowledge to make it work. Fortunately, organic gardening is far simpler than many people would think. Here, are the most basic steps to take to begin an organic garden at your home.

First, you will need to select a place Read the rest of this entry »