Running a business, even a small one, is a major undertaking. There are so many aspects to consider, not the least of which is money flow. It takes money to run a business and often times, it seems like money goes out more than it comes in. Well, we here at Source Power & Gas have some tips to reduce some of the money going out – at least when it comes to energy use. These energy tips could potentially save you a bundle on your electricity expenses, making your business that much easier to run!
1. Turning off lights that are not in use will save a fair amount of energy. You can use occupancy sensors to automatically shut off lights in locations like hallways, conference rooms, and restrooms to really cut back on light usage. Be sure when installing occupancy sensors they are not blocked
If you recently moved to Ohio or are changing energy providers, there are tools available to you to assist you in making an informed decision regarding which Ohio electricity provider is best for you. Ohio has an “apples to apples” comparison chart that uses standardized information from all energy providers operating in the state to give you, the consumer, a clear picture of what you are getting. The chart tracks the rate per kilowatt hour (kWh), rate type, renewable energy content, term length, and monthly and termination fees. In addition, they have a check box to select multiple providers and compare them directly.
Every plan available for your service area, which is listed by your local utility, is listed on the chart, which can be sorted with various filters. You can filter by cost (including price ranges), term length, fees, or even provider. All of the plans
It’s still pretty warm out right now, but temperatures will start dropping pretty soon. As they begin to drop, there will be less strain on the electrical grid. People will begin using their AC less as we near fall, but the heat will start kicking up once we get into winter. This transition period from AC weather to heat weather is the best time to find cheap electricity rates. However, choosing an electricity provider with a variable rate or indexed rate plan will only briefly grant you those lower rates. Once winter hits, you’ll start seeing the rates climb!
That’s where Source Secure comes in. Source Power & Gas offers fixed rate plans that allow you to lock in your energy rate when you pick a Source Secure plan. The Secure plans allow you to lock in your energy rates for up to 24 months. That means
Energy efficiency doesn’t need to stop at home; it can extend to your business as well. Much of the energy efficient methods you use at home apply to work as well, such as using programmable thermostats and shutting off unused lights. However, there are generally a few extra steps to make your office, which can sometimes use a lot more energy than a home, much more efficient.
For starters, replace old, inefficient incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. Replace inefficient switches as well. Try not to leave lights on in rooms that don’t see a lot of traffic, such as conference rooms or restrooms. Installing motion sensors in these places, as well as hallways, is a great way to improve lighting efficiency. They will only turn on the lights when they detect movement, but will shut off when no movement is detected. If your office has windows, take advantage of
We’ve looked at Your Rights as a Customer (YRAC) and the Electricity Facts Label (EFL) already, and today, we’ll examine your actual Texas electricity bill and the terms commonly found in it. There is a lot of important information located on your bill. While much of it is a reflection of your EFL, it’s still good to know where to look when you need a quick reference.
Here we can see a sample Source Power & Gas Texas electricity bill. At the top left, you will find the contact information for Source. That includes the Source Power & Gas address and customer service number, as well as hours of operation. At the top right is the customer’s name, billing number, and account number. Any time you need to contact Source, have this information available, as it will make finding your account easier. In the center
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, it may be as simple as the temperature of your bedroom. About 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia-related issues where they have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. Sometimes this can be because of your internal biological clock, an overactive mind, too much caffeine, and sometimes it’s because of the temperature.
How Temperature Affects You
The air temperature has a surprisingly strong effect on the body when it comes to sleeping. Your body is 98.6°F on average while active. At night when you try to go to sleep, your brain sets the thermostat for your body lower. To help achieve this, the air around you needs to be near that setting. If the temperature is too high or too low, your body has difficulty matching the sleep setpoint on your internal thermostat and struggles to rest.
Looking for a new television? If you want to get a TV with a great picture and sound quality, as well as energy efficiency, we have a list here for you! The following list includes five televisions that are under 35 inches in size and are the most energy efficient televisions on the market according to Energy Star.
The 16 inch LCD Skyworth TVs are a real energy saver. They consume about 19 kWh of energy per year, costing about $2 to operate in that time. They come with a built in DVD player, feature a 1366 x 768 resolution, and cost about $188.
Models SLC-1519A-3S, SLC-1519AP-3GDH, SLC-1619A-3S, SLC-1669A-3S, SLTV-1519AP-3G, SLTV-1519AP-3GH, SLTV-1519AP-3S, SLTV-1519AP-3SH
2. Naxa Electronics
Also 16 inches, this LED television also uses about 19 kWh of electricity, boasts the same resolution as the Skyworth, a built in DVD player, slim design, and costs less
In our continuing series of Breaking Down Deregulation, we are going to talk about the Electricity Facts Label, or EFL. The EFL is the core of an energy plan because it tells you exactly what is included in your plan, the plan’s contract, the generation source of your energy, and how the emissions of the featured plan’s REP stack up against state averages. When you aren’t sure if a plan is right for you, the EFL can help clear up information for you. It also helps you compare plans from the same REP, as well as different REPs. It’s a true apples to apples comparison.
Retail Electricity Provider (REP)
This section lists the name of your REP (such as Source Power & Gas), the plan name (such as Source Secure Fixed 12), and the service area for the plan.
All of the information
Society effectively changed with the invention of the light bulb. No more were people limited to working only during daylight hours and burning oil for dim firelight at night. Incandescent lighting revolutionized civilization by providing on demand lighting. As time has gone on, we’ve found that incandescent lighting is not very efficient. About 90% of the energy consumed in an incandescent bulb is released as heat rather than light. As such, we have created new, more efficient bulbs. Halogen, CFL, and LED bulbs all use less electricity, but which one is the best? And how does the time of day affect that? Should lights always be turned off when exiting a room to save on energy? It may seem contradictory, but sometimes it’s better to leave certain lights on rather than turning them off when leaving a room.
Incandescent lights are instantaneously turned on when an electric
The price of energy is constantly changing every day; if you have an indexed or variable rate plan, you will notice this change every month because your rate will go up or down monthly. Unfortunately, events such as hurricanes can have a negative effect on these plans, driving rates up quickly. By switching to a fixed rate electricity plan like a Source Secure Fixed, you can avoid these kinds of spikes.
Fixed rate plans lock in your rate from the time you sign up with the plan to when your contract expires. You have the power to choose either a short or a long term fixed rate plan. But which one is better? A fixed rate means you continue paying the same energy rate whether the market goes up or down. Short-term fixed rate plans allow you to lock in a low rate, but give you ample