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All About Energy

President Trump's Impact on Climate Change Policy

Caroline Haywood Apr 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM
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On Tuesday March the 21st, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will to relax the government's climate policies. The order aims to protect American jobs in the energy industry as part of President Trump’s “America First” plan. However, the cost to the environment could be to high.

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The Death of 1¢ Electricity Rates

Will McGinnis Apr 20, 2017 8:01:00 AM
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It's no surprise that most folks in Texas
are familiar with Power to Choose, a website known to help Texans find their next energy provider and plan. 

 

The PUC changed the default view of the Power to Choose website, removing many of the 1¢ electricity rates. But why? Penny rates seemed like such a great deal. But were they really?

 

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3 Steps to Claiming Your Energy Sales Tax Refund in 2017

Eli Sachs Apr 14, 2017 12:25:31 PM
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It’s that time of year again, the end tax season. With income tax being on everyone's mind, having to pay out seems like a cumbersome burden, but tax may not be as bad as you think. Not with income tax, but with the sales tax on your energy bill.

Many businesses are paying between 5% to 8% for sales tax on the their electricity bill. You may not know it, but depending on the type of organization you run, you may be exempt for all or part of the sales tax and you may also be able to reclaim some of the tax that you've previously paid.

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5 Things to Look For When Including Energy Costs in Next Year’s Budget

Chris Ward Apr 7, 2017 11:42:00 AM
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It's never to early to start planning for the next year (or the current year), especially when it comes to energy costs. Accounting for energy costs in your budget can help you save big time.

 

Energy costs can differ greatly from company to company, but it's still a necessity to come up with a plan for how to include them in your annual budget. To help with the process, here are 5 tips.

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3 Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs Almost Immediately

Eli Sachs Mar 30, 2017 11:44:07 AM
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From turning off lights more frequently in your business to making sure all unused devices are unplugged, it seems like every cost saving tip and trick take a lot of effort and a long time before you see any results on your bill. When time is of the essence, savings can't come quickly enough. Here are three ways to not only lower your energy costs, but how to save starting now.

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5 Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips in the Northeast

Chris Donovan Mar 23, 2017 11:06:00 AM
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Well, it's hard to believe spring is here since mother nature just dropped a foot of snow on our doorsteps here in the Northeast. Now that we have all dug out we can start to look forwarded to warmer days. And with those warmer days our businesses will be using a lot of electricity. So what can we do to prepare businesses to help keep costs down?

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7 Questions and Answers About Demand Response in Texas

Incite Energy Mar 16, 2017 7:51:00 AM
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Summer is on it's way, and with it increased demand for electricity across Texas as we start to run our air-conditioning units. This spike in demand puts a huge strain on the grid and can lead to blackouts. That's why ERCOT, the group responsible for regulating Texas's energy grid, started programs like demand response, in order to lower over all usage when demand is high.

While businesses that qualify for demand response have opportunities to enroll throughout the year, for those who want to participate this summer, there are only a few weeks left to enroll. So if you're considering DR, but still aren't sure, we've compiled a list of the most common DR questions.

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When You Should Hire An Energy Broker

Jim Kordoban Mar 9, 2017 7:28:00 AM
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When running your business, although you may not have a dedicated energy manager, someone has to be responsible for keeping the lights on.

 

In many cases, small to medium sized businesses can easily manage their energy buying themselves by locking in a fixed rate. But what you do if your business is large, has a lot of locations, has a complex energy profile, manufactures goods, and so on? Then what? You either manage your energy yourself or you hire a broker.

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How to Switch to a New Energy Supplier in 5 Steps

Caroline Haywood Mar 2, 2017 7:45:00 AM
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Choosing an energy supplier can be a daunting task. Now more than ever, thanks to the deregulation of energy markets in
states across the U.S., people have the power to choose their provider. Despite this, many business owners are left with more questions than answers. How do you take the first step towards savings? How do you know that you are making the right decision?

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Lowering Your Energy Costs with 4CP

Incite Energy Feb 23, 2017 7:35:00 AM
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With summer right around the corner, it's time to start planning your energy strategy. During summer, there four coincidental peaks (4CP) that determine how much you pay in transmission costs on your energy bills in the following year. 

 

During the late afternoon, temperatures are at their highest (if it's not raining). Businesses and offices are still open and a lot people are just getting home, so the number of places using air conditioning goes up. This is when supply and demand really kicks in. As demand goes up and supply goes down, the delivery prices of electricity can skyrocket.

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