Your Meter will KNOW what you just plugged in
A home energy management company just bought a company that states it can different what you just plugged into your home based on its energy consumption.
Imagine, you buy a new EV (electric vehicle) and you get a communication asking if you want it only to charge during lower cost off-peak periods? Or your HVAC system starts running more frequently it might send you a suggestion to get an inspection or repair. It could also make sure your pumps and blowers don’t operate simultaneously thereby lowering your energy demand. The smart home is coming and this level of analysis of usage could surely make it actually useful.
Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.
Realgy owns and operates 7 solar plants in Illinois and is looking to invest in additional locations.
The Debate Over Michigan’s Electricity Deregulation: Should be in favor of Energy Consumers
Customer Choice programs are well established in the utility market. In fact, a recent study covering the last 20 years concludes that monopoly utilities that have no customer choice program pricing went up over 19% more than in utility markets with customer choice.
The debate is over; customer choice lowers prices for consumers, improves power plant utilization and supports local jobs.
It does so by utilizing the wholesale market (which has abundant power reserves), buying the energy at market pricing (ensuring jobs) and utilizes the existing utilities for delivering the energy (strengthening utilities by making them more competitive so companies won’t leave for less expensive energy).
The argument of subsidy, loss of state jobs or not enough power have all been proven to be false.
Michigan should fully embrace customer choice for the benefit of its residents and the strengthening of its economy and environment.
Realgy Energy Services is a registered Retail Energy Marketer in the states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. We offer Service Plans that will provide electric and natural gas at wholesale pricing direct to customers without any utility markup. Our Service Plans work with the local utility to provide seamless service and annual energy savings. Service Plans include Guaranteed SavingsTM, MangedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM and Index, Fixed pricing.
Additional information: www.realgyenergyservices.com
Chicago Weekly Basis Report
What are basis? it’s the price difference between the price of an energy in one market and the price of an energy commodity in a completely different market.
Locational basis is the “different” market can be at a different location
Calendar basis risk, or calendar spread risk, is the risk that arises from hedging with a contract that doesn’t expire on the same date as the underlying exposure.
As an example, a large consumer of gasoline might decide to hedge their exposure to gasoline price by purchasing NYMEX RBOB gasoline futures. In this example, the consumer is exposed to calendar basis risk as NYMEX gasoline futures expire on the last day of the month prior to the delivery month i.e. the October 2013 RBOB gasoline futures contract expired on September 30, 2013. While many might assume that this consumer has no choice but accept the basis risk. There are other instruments which will allow them to mitigate their exposure to calendar basis risk.
Chicago sending city households back to ComEd
Crain’s recently reported that after more than 1 year of charging customers MORE than COMED and the City will send them back to the utility (AFTER the summer)!
No one likes an “I told you so”…..so I won’t say it.
One year ago: I posted: Chicago electric bills to rise up to 18% in June
http://realgyenergyservices.com/chicago-electric-bills-rise-18-june/ which included the following:
The idea is that “aggregation” of the residents will provide the marketer the ability to deliver a lower price. If that were the case, no one could beat the utility because the question is who would be a bigger aggregator than a utility? The utility AGGREGATES everyone in the state. Yet, Realgy beats ComEd and Ameren consistently. So why can’t municipalities come in lower?
The difference is cost of service and overhead.
Municipalities require energy marketers to deliver savings compared to the utility, take on billing and collections, and pay the municipality a portion of the margin. The simple fact remains; the cost municipalities want to collect makes them higher than the utility.
Realgy continues to post savings compared to both COMED and Ameren.
To learn more about how Realgy Energy Services’ variety of programs that can help you save money on electricity, call 877-300-6747, or visit www.realgyenergyservices.com.
Realgy Energy Services is a registered energy marketer with a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and able to save you money on your natural gas and electricity usage anywhere in Illinois.
Ten Wood-burning Fireplace Safety Tips
A nice wood burning fireplace will help decrease your winter heating bills and keep the house warm. But beware, heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires every year. Make sure to have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once a year. And throughout the winter, practice these 10 fireplace safety tips from Realgy Energy Services.
Five Fireplace Safety Dos:
- Use only seasoned hardwoods such as maple, oak, ash, and birch, which will burn hot and long. Green and soft woods produce more creosote.
- Check for creosote build ups. Creosote is a flammable byproduct that can build up in the chimney if wood is not burning completely.
- When building a fire, place the logs at the back of the fireplace on a metal grate.
- Install Smoke Detectors on every floor and keep a charged fire extinguisher on hand.
- The area around the hearth should be clear of decorations and debris.
Five Fireplace Safety Don’ts
- Do not use flammable liquids to start the fire; instead use kindling, or small dry twigs.
- Do not build the fire too big. A smaller fire will generate less smoke and creosote buildup. An overly large or hot fire could end up cracking the chimney.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris in your fireplace.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Always extinguish the fire before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Never empty ash directly into a trash can. Always allow ash to cool completely before disposal.
U.S. Fire Administration, “Fireplace and home fire safety”
DIY network, “10 tips for maintaining a wood-burning fireplace”
Realgy Energy Services has installed Two New Solar PV systems in Illinois
At the beginning of December 2013, Realgy announced the start of construction on two of its newest solar power projects in the state of Illinois. Once completed, the two new systems in total will produce over 90,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and offset almost 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide during the initial 25 years of operation.
The first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system has been installed on the roof of the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, home to the historic Lake County Fair and other year-round events. The second Solar PV system was installed at Seven Oaks Farm, a historic dairy and horse farm in Saint Charles.
Both PV Systems have been installed by Renewable Energy Alternatives of Arlington Heights. “We are excited to be a part of this venture,” said Kacie Peters, Director of Sales and Marketing at Renewable Energy Alternatives. “The array is in a very public space and will be seen by thousands annually. We hope that this array will inspire others to know solar is possible—and practical in Illinois.”
“Realgy made this investment as a part of our sustainable energy commitment with the support of Illinois Department of Commerce Renewable Energy Program and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.” Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. All of the energy produced by the panels will be used by the companies, and will reduce their reliance on fossil-generated energy produced primarily from coal in Illinois.
Good Bye Incandescent Bulbs
On January 1, 2014, as part of a 2007 energy efficiency law, the U.S. stopped producing and importing standard 40- and 60- watt incandescent bulbs. The law signed by former President George W. Bush requires new light bulbs to meet tighter standards.
For those not ready for the switch, most stores will continue to sell the 40- and 60- watt bulbs until supplies run out. However, switching out those old incandescent bulbs will reduce the energy needed to light up your room. Ninety percent of the energy used by an incandescent bulb is given off as heat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading 15 incandescent light bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs could save about $50 per year.
Energy.Gov, “Lighting Choices to Save You Money”
CBS News, “The old-fashioned light bulb is disappearing”
New Year, New Website
Realgy Energy Services wants to wish all of our customers a very Happy 2014. The New Year usually brings change and this year Realgy is pleased to announce that we have a new home on the web. The address will stay the same www.realgyenergyservices.com but the website has been updated.
Please feel free to check out the new Realgy Website and let us know what you think.
While you are there, please update your contact information to ensure you will receive the latest news and updates on all of our benefits and services.
Don’t let Energy Vampires ruin your Holidays
Standby or vampire power as it is most commonly referred to, wastes $10 Billion of Electricity Annually in the United States alone. The average US household has about 25 electronic devices that constantly draw small amounts of power, costing on average $100 per year.
Top 10 Energy Vampires in Your home
- Laptop computers (when they are plugged in)
- Answering machines
- Computer printers
- TVs and cable boxes
- Video games
- Cell phone chargers
- Internet hubs and routers
- Plugged-in electric toys
- Night lights
- Holiday lights and decorations
How to slay the energy vampires in your home?
Minimize the amount of lights you use to decorate this year, switch to LED lights and most importantly use a timer for your holiday lights both inside and out.
Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are done using equipment, which completely disconnects the power supply.
Unplug your chargers: cell phone chargers, camera chargers, battery chargers or power adapters, etc. These are drawing energy even when not in use (and even when not connected to an end-use product).
Check out the biggest Vampire Energy offenders
Energy Star, Standby Power and Energy Vampires
Energy.gov, Are Energy Vampires Sucking You Dry?
Standby Power, Ranges of Standby Power
AOL, Energy Conscious Holiday Lighting
Greenhouse gas emissions are decreasing thanks to Natural Gas
According to the EPA Press Release on October 23rd, greenhouse gas emissions are decreasing due to an increased use of natural gas in power generating plants. Utilities have shifted from using coal to using clean burning natural gas, a major factor in causing a decrease in carbon emissions.
The EPA collects annual greenhouse gas information from over 8,000 facilities including power plants, gas and oil production and refining plants and landfills. The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which started in 2010, collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the US.
Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have decreased 10 percent in two years. This decrease is largely due to electricity generation switching from coal to natural gas, as well as a slight decrease in electricity production.
United Sates Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities
The Washington Free Beacon, Feds: Natural Gas Production Decreasing Greenhouse Emissions
U.S Energy Information Administration, U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2012