As you’re probably aware, we’ve seen some pretty extreme heat in Texas over the past week. In fact, we set a new statewide record on Tuesday 8/13 for energy consumption, with prices reaching the maximum allowable amount of $9,000 per MWh, or $9.00 per kWh. In short, increased demand caused real-time energy prices to skyrocket. If you happen to be on a fixed-rate contract, you were protected against these historic price spikes. If you are paying exclusively real-time prices, however, you haven’t been quite so lucky. One company, in particular, has been actively marketing these “wholesale price plans” all over town. You may have heard their radio ads, seen their provocative billboards or comical social media posts. If you’ve ever wondered how those plans really work, then you’ve come to the right place.
The other week after a company presentation, we heard some interesting news: for the first time ever, Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal so far this year. This news would have been pretty hard to fathom 20 years ago when electricity from wind was fairly new to Texas, but data released last month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%.
Power outages are not uncommon though generally they’re associated with weather conditions. However, one of the most populated cities in the world recently made front-page news when more than 70,000 customers were without electricity on July 13th for over three hours. Ironically, on the 42nd anniversary of a blockbuster 1977 power outage which threw New York City into chaos years ago, there was one big looming question, how did this happen?
Smart plugs are an easy and affordable way to add some intelligence to your home. Plugging them directly into an outlet, they will give you basic control over nearly anything you plug into them. Using an app on a tablet or phone, you can easily turn items on and off, and control more settings with certain devices.
Whether for business or pleasure, travel can be fun, energizing, and exciting — or exhausting, frustrating, and boring. You can control — or at least minimize — many of the inevitable inconveniences with some preparation and the right accessories.
This Thursday is America’s birthday, and that means it’s time to party. Whether you’re hosting your first 4th of July party or trying to up your game this year, we’ve got the hacks you need to know to take your red, white and blue bash to the next level. Planning on ending your party with a boom? Be sure to also read our last-minute firework safety tips so everyone stays safe this holiday.
Summer is here and it’s time to start taking advantage of that beautiful sunny weather. Inviting friends and family over for a day of grilling and outdoor fun is just the ticket. Unfortunately, sometimes all of that summer fun comes with a hefty price tag for the environment.
You’re no stranger to pool parties, ice cream trucks, and certainly not the heat of summer. However, if you’re anything like me and seek refuge in a nice cool house, then you’re familiar with high electricity bills in the summer. Although it’s a must-have, there are some ways to curb your A/C cooling costs this summer. Help reduce your electricity bill with these energy-saving tips!
It’s officially Hurricane Season (June 1st to November 30th) and time to ask yourself, are you ready? These massive storm systems carry a slew of potential threats like powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. Many of us are all too familiar with the devastation associated with Hurricanes and know how crucial it is to make sure you and your family are prepared before, during, and after a storm, NOW. Below are some quick touch points from Ready.gov to make sure you’ve covered your bases for whatever may come our way this season.
For most of us, setting up or switching our electricity services has become a simple but unsophisticated task. It’s not an exciting purchase you’ve been saving up for or something you’ve been eyeing for a while. It’s a household commodity for all of us, and more so for business owners. However, it CAN be a rewarding shopping experience – if you understand the process.
Don’t let the summertime heat prevent you from getting the most out of your yard or patio. Get ready to take on the season of summer with our list of helpful tips below. Scratch these off your to-do list and you'll be the envy of your friends and neighbors.
Looking forward to summer this year? Well, you could make your summer even sweeter by saving and earning some extra cash this year! Here are some easy money-saving tips from financial guru Dave Ramsey to help you keep the summer fun going all season long. Mix and match ideas to create your own summer savings plan without sacrificing the fun.
Flowers are in full bloom, birds are chirping, and Mother Nature is calling your name. It's time to get outdoors and finally enjoy the beautiful season that is Spring. This great weather prompts outdoor adventures and inspires exploration of nature. However, now more than ever, it's crucial to make sure we are responsibly enjoying our environment.
Today, and every day, we celebrate Earth Day and join Earth Day Network, the world’s largest environmental movement, as they work year-round to solve climate change, end plastic pollution, and protect endangered species. As they work to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe, our team at APG&E is proud to participate and encourage our customers to help care for our planet. Here’s how being an APG&E customer helps Mother Earth.
Are you looking to keep your home cleaner, longer? Let me rephrase, are you hoping to keep your home cleaner for longer? Use these hacks to make the time spent cleaning have a lasting effect with less effort. Here are 7 ways to keep your spring-clean home fresh all year long.
Are you finished with your spring cleaning? Are you looking to bring some new life into your home this season? For most of us, winter has come and gone, and we've got our eyes set on sunny days, warmer temps, and pops of color in and around our home. If you're anything like me, it's time to redecorate and freshen up your place. Here are some sustainable ways to get you started!
We're celebrating #EarthMonth by reimagining how we recycle and improving the ways in which we do. We're following along with Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council's award-winning "I Want To Be Recycled" public service advertising (PSA) and awareness campaign to uncover the top 5 impacts of recycling.
Are you one of the many who has fallen victim to a misleading energy plan? In today's world, some electricity plans are being marketed in such a way where customers are led to believe that the name of the product or plan is synonymous with how the customer will be invoiced. We recently demystified a misleading energy plan, known as a "tiered-rate," but maybe an even more intriguing and deceptive plan out in the market is called Free Nights and Weekends. The way free nights and weekends electricity plans are advertised make them sound like an ideal way to save on your electric bill. Spoiler alert: this plan is the energy equivalent to a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Maintaining a healthy home goes beyond dusting and vacuuming. When is the last time you checked your smoke alarms? How about the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent? With today being the first day of Spring, follow these DIY Network tips below to make sure your family and home are ready for a healthy, happy, and clean spring season.
The noise created by gimmicky electricity plans in the market place have made it difficult for consumers to clearly identify the most appropriate plan to fit their needs. Some electricity plans are marketed in such a way where the customer is led to believe that the functional name of the product or plan, such as “Fixed Rate”, is synonymous with how the customer will be invoiced. Unfortunately, despite all the due diligence performed the customer, they may still end up with the short end of the stick if they are not aware of the gimmicks. How will you know the difference between what looks like a great plan and the real thing? We're here to help.
Many of the things we’ve come to know about our energy use aren’t as true as they seem. We recently searched around to find some commonly held energy myths and to determine what can really help you reduce your energy and electricity costs. Sense identifies patterns in your energy use to help your family be more efficient, informed, and secure. They recently debunked 9 energy myths and here they are:
We are proud to announce that APG&E has been named one of Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. We are extremely proud of this recognition.
This Valentine’s Day, it’s understandable if energy efficiency isn’t necessarily the first thing on your mind – but still, it’s good to know your romantic date night doesn’t have to use a lot of energy and water. Create a magical evening for your Valentine that’s also more efficient with the ideas listed below.
Presidents' Day is right around the corner and is generally a time for can’t-miss sales. As the sales approach, it’s good to know which items will be at some of their lowest prices of the year—especially those big-ticket purchases, where capitalizing on even a 10 percent discount can mean saving hundreds of dollars.
Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, high winds and dangerously low temperatures lasting from hours to several days. Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. While northern states are more vulnerable, severe storms can hit anywhere. Planning ahead can help you and your family weather the worst that Mother Nature has to offer. Know what to do before, during and after snowstorms and extreme cold with these tips from ready.gov.
Scammers are at it again! Utility and power customers around the country should be aware of telephone, mail, email, door-to-door and other in-person scams that involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding immediate payment or personal information. You can protect yourself with these tips from Utilities United Against Scams and be vigilant against those attempting to impersonate your utility.
There are devices that could be hogging energy in your home and you may not even know it. These energy hogs use more energy than they need to and make a huge difference in your monthly energy bill. By identifying the biggest energy hogs and making a handful of simple adjustments, you can get your energy bill back on track. Here’s how the top ten energy hogs could be costing you a hefty penny.
Don't stop the season of giving just yet! We are excited to announce that our partnership with the Houston Food Bank will continue into 2019! Enroll in our Power Up To Fight Hunger plan and The Houston Food Bank will receive a $25 donation for every successful enrollment, and will continue to receive, on a monthly residual basis, continuous monetary donations based on the per kWh of electricity consumed by our customers enrolled on this plan. You can learn more about our powerful partnership and enroll today by visiting www.apge.com/HFB.
New Year’s resolutions are goals that people set for themselves in order to improve their lives or make themselves better. It’s common for people to vow to lose weight or quit a bad habit, but this year try adding energy efficiency to your list. If you are determined to live a greener and more energy efficient lifestyle in 2019, follow these energy efficiency tips.
Every holiday season, we unknowingly wreak havoc on our local recycling facilities by placing the wrong items in their blue carts. Although our intentions are good (recycling is a clear way to mitigate climate change), the cost of dealing with those misplaced items is troubling. And, with the amount of garbage increasing by 25 percent from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, there is a lot of room for error.
The Holiday Season is full of celebrations amongst friends and family and a time when energy use is high. Whether it's lights lit throughout your home or festive gatherings, your energy bill can quickly start to rise - but it doesn't have to. Here are some tips on how to use less energy during the holidays and save some money.
Does it feel like you're spending a fortune every winter to heat your home and keep it comfortable? Are you hoping to avoid a huge electricity bill spike this winter? If so, the mere sight of your electricity bill in your mail might send your anxiety levels through the roof. Make it a point to save money on electricity this winter and avoid the emotional drama. Here are several ways to winter-proof your home and take control of your electricity bill.
No matter how much you pay for electricity each month, getting a lower electric bill would make anyone happy. The good news is that it’s a lot simpler than you might have thought. Here are some ways you can reduce your energy costs with minimal effort.
There was a time when controlling your thermostat meant cranking a dial on the wall. Now, manual thermostats are becoming a thing of the past as smart thermostats not only move in, but take over. Set to become the way we all operate, there is a host of benefits that can save you money and improve your indoor home quality. But what is a smart thermostat? And what can it do for me? Learn more about what smart thermostats are, their benefits and how they’re quickly becoming the way forward for all of us.
Have you ever needed an outlet, looked around your house and saw that all of them are already in use? Or have you wondered if you could save money from unplugging appliances and would it really be worth it? Our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens are loaded with the latest tech gadgets and appliances to help make our lives easier, but at what cost? We’ll break down what items you should pull the plug on and what items you’ll want to keep plugged in.
APG&E, a Houston-based retail electricity provider, is proud to announce its partnership with the Houston Food Bank, the nation's largest food bank. APG&E will offer electricity customers the opportunity to enroll in a give-back product that will benefit the Houston Food Bank. Power up to fight hunger today!
Founded by first- and second-generation immigrant entrepreneurs on December 20, 2004, APG&E was built with one goal in mind: provide access to simple-to-understand and affordable energy to all. Fourteen years later, we still pride ourselves on staying true to our history and purpose. We exist to make people’s lives easier.
Utility customers around the country should be aware of telephone, mail, email, door-to-door and other in-person scams that involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding immediate payment or personal information. You can protect yourself with these tips from Utilities United Against Scams and be vigilant against those attempting to impersonate your utility.
How it works in Texas
What most people don’t know when they move to Texas is that not only do they have the freedom to choose their own electricity supply provider, but they are required to do so. Unlike other states, Texas does not have electricity default service provided by the local utility. Here, the utilities are responsible for delivering the electricity to the consumer. They build and maintain the transmission and distribution infrastructure, including the poles and wires, to transmit the electricity. They are the ones to call during a black out.
The purchase and sale of electricity supply, however, is handled by retail electricity providers like APG&E. This is where you can exercise customer choice.
APG&E is excited to announce our partnership with Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018. To help join the fight against hunger, APG&E will donate $50 for every successful enrollment to The Houston Food Bank. We will continue to donate a portion of your monthly bill throughout the duration of your contract.