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.