Danger! When to Call Your Utility about Electrical Issues

Your utility is responsible for delivering electricity to your home. If for some reason there is an interruption with your service as a result of weather or other natural phenomenon, you should contact them before anything else. Whenever you encounter a situation that poses a hazard from electrical distribution lines, contact your local utility immediately and do not under any circumstances touch wires.

During instances of high winds or an accident, telephone poles may get knocked down. A falling tree may snap power lines. If there are any power lines within reach, do NOT touch them. Treat every power line as if it is live. Do not touch power lines with any objects. Even wood, a non-conductive material, can react with dangerous effects when coming into contact with power lines. You should never climb fences into power substations either. Much of the equipment in substations is highly

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The Source Customer Care Team Answers Texas FAQs

At Source Power and Gas, we put the customer first! We firmly stand by customer’s rights and providing excellent service. Our customer care team is here to answer some common questions that we receive from consumers in the state of Texas.

What is the difference between a retail electricity provider and the utility company?

When it comes to electrical service, electricity is electricity. Don’t let an energy provider fool you into thinking their electrical service is better than anyone else’s. The truth is, all electricity is the same and the utilities manage the lines (and you should contact them if you have an outage). Your utility also reads the meter on your home, whether it’s an analog, digital, or smart meter. They forward that reading’s information to the energy provider for billing purposes. Your energy provider is mainly responsible for setting your rate and providing you bill.

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Selecting Temperature for Your Home in the Fall

The days and nights are cooling down as we enter the fall months. In some parts of the country, this is a magical time of year. No, we’re not talking about a particular holiday or the never-ending list of pumpkin flavored beverages and foods. It’s a magical time of year because during this transitional time, air conditioners aren’t needed as much and it’s not quite cold enough for turning up the heat, and that means it’s time to save on energy.

If you have a programmable thermostat in your home, you may already have it regulating the temperature throughout the day for you. Pumping out the cool air in the late afternoon and evening, shutting off overnight, cooling the house a bit in the morning, and shutting off while you’re at work. Now that fall is descending upon the northern hemisphere, you may find that your thermostat

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6 Energy Tips Every Business Needs to Know

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

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Finding Cheap Electricity Rates in Ohio

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

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Source Secure: Protecting Your Wallet with Fixed Rates

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

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Making Your Business Energy Efficient

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

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Breaking Down Deregulation in Texas – Electricity Bill

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

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Too Hot or Too Cold? – The Effect of Temperature on Your Sleep

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.

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5 Energy Efficient Televisions

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.

1. Skyworth

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

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