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Kent County Recognizes Realgy’s Safe Business Practices

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Kent County Recognizes Realgy’s Safe Business Practices

24 JULY 2020 | BY: REALGY, LLC

Realgy’s Michigan Sales Team Before and After

Safety comes first at Realgy Energy Services for employees and for customers. Even when new challenges arise such as the current Covid-19 outbreak. The company’s Grand Rapids, MI sales team is no exception. Through the Kent County Back to Work Initiative, Realgy qualified to receive assistance with provisions of personal protective equipment. Kent County implemented this program due to the many concerns with acquiring safety gear for small businesses.

Realgy’s sales agents are approved and recognized as practicing safe business following a regimen of safety checks each morning. MI Sales Director Frank Blazek says employees are “constantly reminding each other to go through the checklist to ensure they have their gear along with all PPEs”.

Kent County provided Realgy’s Michigan staff with the proper equipment to safely continue working. Being gifted with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and thermometers has made employees feel they can continue providing the best possible service without risking anyone’s health. Community response along with Realgy team members provided great feedback for diligently pursuing cautionary steps. Residents have mentioned they are “happy to see representatives wearing masks and taking the virus seriously”. Some even said if they hadn’t seen representatives wearing masks properly, they wouldn’t have opened the door or been willing to discuss services.

Blazek’s philosophy involves leading by example and focusing on teamwork. He keeps in mind Zig Ziglar’s quote “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want”. The transition hasn’t been as difficult for his employees due to “They’ve always maintained the Realgy code of conduct and best sales practices. Ensuring customers are treated respectfully and prompting them with information up front is part of the procedure to ensure protection for both the agents and residents. We are happy to have gotten positive feedback and everyone seems thankful we’ve put their wellbeing first”, says Blazek.

Realgy has taken various steps throughout the last several months to continue business in each state during the pandemic. “We are proud of Frank and the Grand Rapids team for continuing to provide great service throughout Michigan” says Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy Energy Services. Recognition goes to all involved in taking the lead during this difficult time worldwide. The healthcare workers, first responders, and all essential employees working each day. Realgy upholds best practices to ensure safety comes first.

 

Realgy, LLC

Michael Vrtis, President

675 Oakwood Avenue

West Hartford, CT

860-233-2270

www.realgyenergyservices.com

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Coronavirus And Slumping Prices Hit Ohio Valley’s Oil & Gas Sector

The entire world has been adjusting during the coronavirus outbreak. Many companies that contribute greatly to the economy are facing challenges to stay in business. The changes in energy demand have led to the sector taking a huge hit with oil and natural gas prices dropping drastically.  Construction has been put on hold, jobs have been altered, and the extent of damages done by this pandemic is still a shifting status. Oil and gas producers may seek a bailout and lawmakers are being asked to alter the Jones Act to ease requirements.

Utilities have been suspending their disconnection policies and are ensuring they prioritize safety to stop the spread of the virus. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is requiring this of the entire state. The impact of this virus is affecting everyone in various ways and PUCO is prioritizing that their residents will not go without shelter, water, food, heat, and communication. We commend all essential workers that are putting their lives at risk to ensure citizens are safe and receiving more than just the necessities of life.

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.

Additional Information: https://wfpl.org/coronavirus-and-slumping-prices-hit-ohio-valleys-oil-gas-sector/

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Transforming Energy Education In The Digital Age

Advancements within technology have allowed the furthering of knowledge across nearly all topics. However, it is believed that we can greatly increase learning around the energy industry. Data sharing could grow efficiency, improve safety, decrease educational costs and enable many benefits across the board. Starting with our academic system, we can provide education and train students to lead to more opportunities and developments. The potential to affect various sectors of the industry is large and we need to focus on bettering all involved in its entirety.

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.

Additional Information:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/2019/07/08/transforming-energy-education-in-the-digital-age/#81888e14d21a

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LAKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS & EVENT CENTER SOLAR ARRAY EXPANSION

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Lake County Fairgrounds & Event center Solar Array expansion
18 May 2018 | By: Realgy, LLC

Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Grayslake, IL has recently incorporated an addition to their solar photovoltaic (PV) system more than doubling the size and efficiency of the current system.

Realgy, LLC has announced the start of usage with the new 99.84 kilowatt (kW) roof installation. Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, operated by Lake County Fair Association, is home to many popular events including the historic Lake County Fair. The fair will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary this July with the help of the new solar array. Jon Brodzik Jr, the General Manager of the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, said, “The expansion is more than welcome and we are all looking forward to its usage and the events surrounding it.” The destination’s significant space allowed the capability of higher production to be more than just a day dream. With the help of Eco Solar Solutions, the goal to expand has been made a reality.

Eco Solar Solutions completed the new addition. “This project will provide great environmental benefits to the local community, and we’re ecstatic to have been part of the team to make this happen. We will be maintaining this system for the next 20 years to make sure that it continues to operate,” said Paul Szczesny, President of Eco Solar Solutions.

Realgy, LLC is a choice energy supplier in Illinois and selected LCF for both the initial and expanded project. Lake County will receive all solar energy produced by the panels. With its popular events comes high consumption that leads to environmental disadvantages. Renewable energy sources such as PV arrays help to combat those issues. This expansion will save LCF approximately $12,000 each year while improving the environment and safety in the area as follows:

  • The Lake County solar PV system will produce over 121,324 kW hours (kWh) or enough power to supply about 11 average Illinois homes every year for the next 25 years.
  • Some environmental and safety benefits associated with this array’s solar energy production:
    • Over 84 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide WILL NOT be produced over the initial 25 years of operation.
    • The level of offset emissions is equal to planting over 6,500 trees.
    • Over 327 thousand pounds of coal would be necessary to produce the same amount of electricity.
    • Reduction of 328 half- ton trucks used to transport that coal annually means less trucks on the road and less pollution from those trucks.

“We are happy to be partnered with Lake County on such a great endeavor,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. “Realgy is pleased with the extension of this project and the boundless support of the municipality. We look forward to everyone coming together with us for this Solarbration.”

Please join us at the Lake County Fairgrounds on May 18th, 2018 at 1 PM for this celebration.

 

Media Contacts:

Sue Markgraf
GreenMark Public Relations
847-917-9654
smarkgraf@greenmarkpr.com
for:
Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
1060 East Peterson Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
847-680-7200
www.lcfair.com

Eco Solar Solutions
317-201-4435
www.eco-solar-solutions.com

Realgy, LLC
675 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

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Don’t squander America’s leadership in nuclear energy

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Nuclear energy in the private sector has been beneficial but certain needs may not be met if energy innovation is purely in their hands. Federal control is necessary for national security. To maintain a leadership role worldwide, the U.S. must instill several strategies within the nuclear energy realm.

  1. Ensure significant and safe production
  2. Compete in the international marketplace and win for the private sector
  3. Actively partner with countries that have no nuclear energy
  4. Lead innovatively

Continuing to employ private-public partnerships domestically and internationally will prove the U.S. can grow their influence and safely lead the way for the next generation.

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, ManagedPriceTM, ManagedGreenTM Index, Fixed and PriceAssuranceTM.

Additional Information:

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/343895-dont-squander-americas-leadership-in-nuclear-energy

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Space Heater Safety

Space heaters can be a convenient way to temporarily heat a room or a small space, but if used improperly, space heaters can cause nasty burns or worse, create a fire hazard.

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According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, space heaters are associated with an estimated 25,000 residential fires and nearly 300 deaths each year. More than 6,000 people receive ER care for non-lethal burns resulting from contact with the heating elements or hot surfaces of space heaters.

Here are a few tips to use your space heater safely:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing, operating, and maintaining your space heater.
  • Keep anything that may be flammable at least three feet away from space heaters.
  • Place your space heater on a level, hard, non-flammable surface. Do not ever place on rugs or carpets.
  • Avoid using extensions cords, but if absolutely necessary, use a heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger.
  • Never use your space heater near water because of the possibility of shock or electrocution.
  • Always turn off your space heater when leaving the room or going to bed.

Source:

energy.gov, Portable Heaters

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The power has already gone out a few times this summer, were you prepared?

Here are 10 power outage tips from Realgy Energy Services to help you prepare for the next time the lights go out.

1.    If you lose power, report the outage to your local utility

Many utility’s now have mobile apps that you can use to report your outage.

2.      Stay away from downed power lines and call 911 to report them

Always assume electric lines are live and treat them with caution and respect. Even low-voltage electric lines and cords can be hazardous if damaged or improperly handled.

3.      Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings before the storm hits

Be sure to return the settings to their normal position as soon as electricity has been restored.

Use Ice to keep your perishable food cold

4.      Get extra ice to help maintain the temperatures in your freezer and refrigerator during the outage

Use plastic bags filled with ice (or water, if you have enough time to freeze it) in the freezer. Use block ice, if possible, in the refrigerator. And should the ice melt, you can drink the water.

5.      Set aside water

Sanitize and fill spare containers with water for drinking. Fill your bathtub with water for use in the toilet. A bucket of water poured in the toilet bowl is all that’s needed for flushing.

6.      Be prepared to cook outside

It is possible that your stove will not work, so you may wish to use your backyard grill for cooking. Do not use your grill indoors, without proper ventilation it can be deadly.

7.      Stock up on batteries and easy-to-prepare food

Don’t forget flashlights (one for each person in your family), batteries and a manual can opener.

8.      Unplug sensitive equipment

Voltage irregularities can occur for any number of reasons during or after a storm, especially if there has been damage on or near your home. Unplug any sensitive electrical devices such as your television, DVD Player, stereo, microwave, computer, iPod, answering machine, and garage door opener to name just a few.

9.      Fill your car’s gas tank

It is important to fill your tank before a storm, since gas stations may not be operating during an outage.

Example of a “Lights out” kit

10.  Prepare a “lights out” kit

Your kit should contain a flashlight, battery-operated radio, fresh water, prescription medicine, prepared foods and any other items you may need when the lights go out. It’s also a good idea to have some extra cash on hand and to fully charge your mobile phone.

Before the power goes out again make sure you are prepared!

Sources:

American Red Cross, Power Outage Checklist

FDA, Power Outages: Key Tips for Consumers About Food Safety

 

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Outdoor Electrical Safety

Did you know that May is National Electrical Safety month? To celebrate Realgy Energy Services has compiled a list of the top 10 tips to keep you safe while outdoors.

Electricity can be very dangerous if not used correctly, but sound safety practices can help minimize electrical hazards and cut down the risk of accidents.The more you know about electricity, the safer you will be both at work and home.

10 outdoor electrical safety tips

1. Never use electrical equipment or tools near pools or other wet areas, such as wet grass. Always use extension cords rated for outdoor use.

2. Be aware of and stay at least 10 feet from overhead power lines when carrying and setting up ladders or when using long-handled tools.

3. Call before digging. Call 811 to locate any underground power lines before digging. For more information check out the call 811 website

4. Get help installing antennas if needed. Remember to keep yourself, tools, materials or equipment at least 10 feet away from any overhead power lines.

5. Fly kites and model airplanes in open areas well away from trees and power lines.

6. Inspect all outdoor power tools and electric lawn mowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings. If the cord is damaged, stop using it.

7. Never climb or play in trees that are near or touching power lines.

8. Do not play on or with utility poles, this includes throwing objects, such as sneakers, at or onto electric power lines.

9. Use caution when trimming trees. Before attempting any tree pruning, look for overhead power lines that may be near and/or hidden by the tree foliage. If in doubt hire a professional qualified contractor.

10. Always assume electric lines are live and treat them with caution and respect. Even low-voltage electric lines and cords can be hazardous if damaged or improperly handled.

If you are ever unsure about the safety of electrical wires or another form of electricity either at home or at work contact your local utility. You can find an emergency hotline on most utility invoices if there is not emergency number call the customer service number.

Sources:

Love to know Safety, Electrical Safety Tips for children
ComEd, Be aware of the power lines where you live and work
National Safety Council, Practice Safety around Electricity

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