March

25

Texas Energy Companies

One of the benefits of deregulation is that it makes Texas energy companies compete with each other, and the customer gets to profit from it. Coming up with a way to impress customers and to create a memorable concept is a challenge that they are meeting with offers that try to outdo the competition.

Comparing the Merits

Ambit Energy offers a program that it calls “Free Energy”, and it rewards customers for getting 15 or more of their friends to switch companies. Credits apply to customers’ energy bills as long as the referrals remain qualified customers, or the company writes a check for the earned amount. Ambit was founded in 2000, and Inc. magazine named the company “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Company” in 2010. TXU Energy offers a cash back loyalty reward program in addition to credits for referring customers who switch service providers. Through online tools and applications, customers can examine how energy is used in their homes and find how to lower bills by reducing consumption. The company claims a relationship with the Dallas Electric Lighting Company that served Texas as early as 1882. Austin Energy offers rebates on uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units. The company conducts a program of enhanced rebates and incentives as well as loans at low interest to make homes or businesses more comfortable and energy efficient. Centerpoint Energy offers incentives to commercial and industrial customers that retrofit buildings with energy efficient equipment. The offer extends to new construction projects when they exceed the minimum standards for energy efficiency. El Paso Electric offers a recycling program for freezers and refrigerators that provides free pickup and a payment of 30. The company is administering a solar energy program that provides incentives per watt used. Reliant Energy offers plans that are tailored to meet varying budget constraints, including monthly plans that allow customers to shop for providers without paying a penalty. The company provides a free home energy checkup that has a 100 value. The “Sweet Deal” program gives customers a free month of electricity at the end of a 12-month contract. Bounce Energy offers a rewards program that includes credits that are applied to customers’ energy bills, or customers may receive movie tickets and gift cards. The company claims to provide the fastest switch capability in the areas served as well as the ability to lower electric bills within seven days. A cash back incentive lets customers earn three percent by paying bills on time.

The incentives that are offered by competing providers give customers a chance to compare their merits and choose one that produce the greatest benefits. Find some Energy Company Rates in Harket Heights TX here.

June

23

Six Ways to Drive Efficiently in the City and Save Money on Gas

City driving is hard on your car. With all of the traffic lights and stop signs, your gas efficiency can suffer. However, there are six ways to improve the efficiency of your car and save money on gas.

1. Check you tires. Properly inflated tires make your car more fuel-efficient because your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to move your vehicle.

2. Turn right. Right turns use less gas because there is less waiting time. Plan Read the rest of this entry »

June

20

Keep Your Grass Healthy and Not Waste Water at the Same Time

Water is one of the most valuable resources on earth. Not only does it help humans maintain their health, but it is also useful in landscaping and gardening. While many neighborhoods and communities may have restrictions on outdoor water usage, especially in times of drought, reusing water that is left over from other household chores can be an easy way to conserve water and still maintain a healthy lawn.

People who wash dishes by hand may collect their rinse water in a Read the rest of this entry »

June

16

Organize Your Own Park or Highway Clean Up Program

If you live in a fairly large neighborhood, you can easily organize a community cleanup program. Many cities offer these programs twice a year. They are designed to get everyone together to clean up the local parks, roads and highways. Thousands of pounds of litter fall on city roads each year. Without volunteers to help with cleanup efforts, most cities would look much worse. Start organizing a cleanup committee by meeting with local city leaders. You can also contact the local parks and recreation’s program director. You will need a way to contact everyone in the community to Read the rest of this entry »

June

13

Recycle Your Old Computers, Tablets, Printers and Mobile Phones

Old computers and printers usually take up place in your home if you don’t know what to do with them. After you get a new electronic, you probably don’t want to throw away the old one because you don’t think you can throw it away with the rest of the trash. Most trash companies will not take items like this, but there are ways that you can recycle them. If there is not much wrong with an old computer or printer, then consider donating it to a school or community organization. There Read the rest of this entry »

June

10

Eight Ways to Re-Use Your Old Milk Jugs in Your Home

Rather than throwing away your old milk jugs, you can re-use them to create handy objects for around the house.

1. Planters: Milk jugs can be modified to hold plants by simply cutting off the top.

2. Watering Can: Milk jugs are a useful way to water plants around the house or in the yard. Punch holes in the bottom to make it a sprinkler.

3. Water Bowl: The bottom piece of a milk jug can make a Read the rest of this entry »