Rate Comparison for Texas Energy Companies

I just moved into a new place in Texas, and I am going to have to figure out which electricity company to go with. It is kind of a hard question to figure out, because so many of them have similar rates, but there is one that I am really interested in looking into further and so far I have heard some pretty good things about them. Anyway, I am on http://texaselectricityrates.org/stream-energy-tx/ to check out some more information about Stream Energy and their rates. The rates definitely seem to be competitive from what I can tell right now, but I need to compare them to more companies in the state before I will be able to know for sure.

Also, I want to know how they generate their electricity, just because it is kind of important to me to know. I am a very curious person by nature, and so I if I am going to be doing business with this company in the future, then I think that it would be a good idea for me to know a bit more about how they do business, and how they manufacture the electricity that they sell to all of their customers.

I definitely have some more questions that need to be answered, but right now, I am feeling pretty good and I think that I will be able to come up with a final decision on the electricity company that I am going to use by the end of the night. That is a good thing because I would like to get my electricity turned on in my new place as soon as possible, rather than spending a few more days to decide on whether or not to pick a particular company. I think that makes sense, or pretty good sense rather.

11 Informative Ideas On Green Energy


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1. Using green technology

You may have heard of individuals that talk about using green technology, and you are not sure of what they are talking about. If you are interested to know more about green energy technology, then you are at the right place. Read this article to learn how you can use green energy in your home.


2. Energy Star Rating

When shopping for new appliances, choose the ones where the energy star rating is in the most efficient range. Even if you cannot afford new appliances, you can choose new parts for your old appliances that are much more efficient and will help your old appliances save money and energy like new ones.


3. Suitable Energy Source

Don’t try to install a wind generator on a small piece of property. First of all, you’ll likely get complaints from the neighbors, as an efficient wind turbine needs to be at least 30 feet off the ground. Secondly, you need about an acre of land in order to ensure an unobstructed prevailing wind.


4. Yes start from your lifestyle

If you are seeking to save energy, try not to drive too fast. When a person drives fast, they use too much gasoline, which in turn, wastes energy. Furthermore, when you drive fast and waste too much gasoline, you are going to end up spending way too much money on gas.


5. Energy Rating again

If you are struggling to maintain low energy costs in your home, you should try putting in a water-efficient flow control washer or shower rose that is Triple A-rated. Triple-A appliances are designed to decrease the amount of energy used in your home, which will ultimately lead to large savings.


6. Energy Rating again

Measure the prevailing wind speed on your property before considering a wind generator. In order for wind energy to be cost-effective, you need a wind speed greater than 8.5 to 9 MPH at least sixty percent of the time. Any slower, and the turbine won’t spin fast enough to generate much electricity.


7. Moving House

Making changes to an existing home is very costly. If you want to start using green energies, you should think about moving or getting a new house built. Look for certain features such as running water or good exposure to the sun and wind when buying a new property or home.


8. Other Energy Source

In some areas of the world people can sign up for wind and geothermal energy from their power supplier. This is usually a little more money, but it is green energy that you are buying and do not have to invest in the machinery to make it. This helps relive the stress for fossil fuels by your energy company.


9. Thermostat

Buy a programmable thermostat. An Energy Star programmable thermostat will regulate your home’s temperature year-round, both day and night. Always set your thermostat a couple of degrees less than you think the temperature should be, as you won’t really notice the difference in your home. An Energy Star thermostat will save you about $180 a year in heating costs.


10. Energy Company

If you are attempting to save more money on your utility bills, try selecting a utility company whose focus is on renewable energy. Renewable energy, such as wind power, can help drastically decrease the amount of energy that is used in the home. As a result, you can experience increased savings.


11. Look at your surroundings

Using green energies is not an excuse to use more energy than you really need. Do not forget to turn the lights off when you leave a room and putting on a sweater instead of turning the heat up. Even if green energies are cheaper, you should still do your best to save as much energy as you can.

A good green energy tips for your home is to always wash your dishes in cold water unless they are oily. When using cold water, you are not using any electricity that you would normally use if the water was hot. Small things like this can really reduce the amount of energy your home uses each month.

Now that you know what green energy technology is, you hopefully are ready to convert your home using it. Use the tips you read in this article to help you use green energy technology in your home. Not only will the environment thank you, but your wallet will too.


12. BBC documentary on Renewable Energy (AWESOME)


The Facts About Solar Energy You Must Know

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1. Reduce the costs of energy consumption

Choosing solar energy can be one of the best ways to reduce the costs of energy consumption. It has been proven that energy costs double approximately every ten years. So investing in solar energy for either your home or business is a smart decision. Read this article for tips on using it to your advantage.


2. Position of the Panels

Position solar panels on the east or west side of your home or business. Since the sun travels from east to west throughout the day, placing solar panels on areas of your roof that face north or south is a waste. You’ll get much better energy returns by following the same path as the sun.


3. Min Charging Time

Your home or business should receive at least five hours of direct sunlight per day to get the most from solar energy. Obviously more sun is better when it comes to solar panels, however if you get less than this solar energy can still be a viable option. If you are in an area where energy bills are sky high, solar might still save you money even if you don’t have the optimal sun exposure.


4. Lease , Rent or Buy

Remember that leasing a solar energy system may be a good idea; however, you must be sure you can transfer the lease should you choose to move. This becomes important during the sale of your home. You might end up paying for a unit that you get no use from. Being able to transfer your lease will relieve you of your obligation and permit the new residents to take advantage of solar energy.

If you cannot afford a full-scale solar energy system, consider investing in a smaller one. Some vendors offer small systems designed to power a water heater or a generator. This small investment should help you save money within the next few years and you can easily expand your solar energy system by powering more appliances with solar panels.


5 Heavy User

If you are a business owner and you are thinking of changing your energy system over to renewable solar energy, see if you can get any tax deductions for doing so. Often times the government will offer incentives to companies who agree to switch over to a more green energy source.


6 Where is your sun??

There is really no reason to even consider getting a solar energy system if you live in an area that rarely sees the sun. This does not mean that a less than reputable company will not try to sell you a solar system though. If your roof does not receive at least 6 hours of full sunlight per day, you should not consider solar power.


7  Certification

Be sure mountings on solar energy panels are engineer certified for your area. For instance, if if you’re in an area that gets frequent cyclones, the mountings need to be cyclone rated. High-quality systems will be wind certified to ensure they don’t blow away in a huge wind storm. Mounting is an important part of the system and not all suppliers regard them that way. Stay alert when buying your system to make sure they have proper certifications.

Solar energy benefits everyone. Hopefully you have found that going green by using solar energy is possible and is a great decision. This article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to solar power, however it is a great start on your journey to renewable energy.