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Direct Energy Switches from Nest to Hive

The consumer energy market has three major components. The first is the energy itself.  Consumers need reliable and affordable access to electricity and natural gas.  The second component involves energy consumption and conservation.  This includes everything from heating and cooling systems to low emissivity windows.  The third component of the consumer energy market is home […]

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Residential Electricity Provider Brand Strategies

With most consumer goods and services, quality varies significantly between suppliers. Electricity, however, is a unique product.  The quality and reliability of the electricity flowing through the meter does not depend on the provider.  Providers only differ on their rates, pricing plan structures, customer service, and value added services.  Some of the larger electricity providers […]

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Top Houston Electricity Providers

Choosing the best electricity provider can be a challenge. While most customers select electricity offers with terms of one year or less, dealing with poor customer service can make it seem like an eternity.  Fortunately, residential electricity customers have a number of resources available to help them make a good choice. Research-minded consumers might consult the annual […]

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Champion Energy Regains Texas Service Title

Houston-based Champion Energy Services received the highest overall rating for Texas in the 2015 J.D. Power Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.  The annual survey rates retail electric providers in the areas of price, communications, enrollment/renewal experience, customer service, corporate citizenship, and billing and payment. Champion Energy Rating Champion Energy received an impressive score […]

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Ambit Highest in Connecticut Electric Service

Ambit Energy received the highest overall rating for Connecticut in the J.D. Power 2015 Retail Electric Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. The survey scored retail electric providers in the areas of price, communications, enrollment/renewal experience, customer service, corporate citizenship, and billing and payment. Top Electricity Companies Ambit received a score of 659 down from their […]

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Electric Rate Plans Benefitting Your Community

When Texas consumers shop for great electric rates, the barrage of marketing messages can be difficult to analyze. Fixed electricity rates, variable rates, renewable energy, and a wide array of contract terms are overwhelming. The quality of customer service and ease of doing business also play a role in choosing an electricity company. For some […]

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TXU Energy Alternative to Fixed Price Plans

Fixed price electricity plans are the mainstay of the Texas electricity market.  Electricity customers like the peace of mind that comes from locking in a low electricity rate for a specified period.  The only downside of fixed price electricity plans is their lack of flexibility.  If electricity rates drop after the customer enrolls, moving to […]

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Electricity Plans and Nest Thermostats

The key to optimizing heating and cooling energy usage in your home lies in your thermostat settings.  The goal is to save energy without sacrificing comfort.  In some ways, the evolution of thermostats is analogous to innovations in car windshield wipers. Thermostat Evolution For decades, residential energy consumers had manual mercury thermostats.   This stage of […]

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Champion Energy Texas Time-of-Use Rates

One of the promised benefits of Texas smart meter deployment was that retail electric suppliers would develop rates based on the availability of the interval usage data.  While traditional watt-hour meters only record cumulative electricity usage, smart meters record, store, and transmit energy usage in 15-minute intervals.  This means a smart meter will generate 2,880 […]

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TXU Energy and Direct Energy Free Electricity Plans

For most of the history of residential electric service in Texas, it did not matter when customers used electricity.  The analog watt-hour meters (think dials and that spinning disk) simply measured energy consumption.  Energy providers simply took the difference between the beginning and ending reading and multiplied it by the electricity rate.  With the deployment […]

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