Question by Peter: Is “Direct Energy” a better deal than Terasen Gas?
A “Direct Energy” salesman just came to the door, and wants me to sign up for “Direct Energy” He was a high pressure salesman, and it took 10 minutes for me to just say to him I want to think about it, come back later. He said if we switched to “Direct Energy” we would still get our natural gas bill from Terasen, but that “Direct Energy” would be supplying it. They would lock in the rate that I am paying now, so I wouldn’t pay more… There seemed to be two catches to me, but I couldn’t get answers from him. 1- Gas prices seem to be going down, so would I be locked into the higher rate? and 2- he mentioned a $ 100 administration fee if we went back to Terasen. Anybody have experience or knowledge with alternate natural gas suppliers? Are they a good way to go, or bad? HELP!
Answer by Go Cubs Go Stick with Terasen gas. If it comes from a high pressure sales person it more than likely isn’t on the up and up.
Question by Patches O’Houlihan: Since wind farms have killed more people than nuclear power plants, should wind farms be outlawed?
Can it possibly get any better? A sacred “green energy” boondoggle of the left has killed more people in the U.S. than nuclear power plants. Made my day when I heard that.
Answer by Libs, Zero Tolerance As soon as we outlaw planes, trains, and automobiles.
Question by mendoncadam: If i have a grid-tied solar system that generates more than i use, is the electric company required to pay me?
I know green mountain energy started a program where they pay customers who have a system that generates more electricity than they use.
is this true for all electric companies in all states?
i am in Texas. i have reliant energy.
Answer by Gooch You will have to check with your individual energy company. Some do what is called net meterign which credits you for the excess.
Question by Stephen: Why are longer electricity terms more expensive than short ones?
A monthly plan costs 11.9kwh variable.
A 12 month plan costs 12.4kwh fixed.
A 24 month plan costs 13.5kwh fixed.
Why is the longer plan more expensive? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? It is like this on all of the plans I’ve been looking at. I’m in DFW TX in the Oncor service area if that helps.
Answer by towanda go to www.powertochose.org. . .then search until you find the spot that lists all the companies and all the rates with all the particulars. Variable rates usually start low and then go up and go up a lot. This site will guide you if you need help so that you ask the question you should when you apply for electicity. I’m in south Texas and pay 11.3 fixed rate and there is a monthly fee unless I use over a certain amount which I don’t. When I figured out all the other companies with fixed rates, the one for Champion Energy was the lowest. This site favors some companies with easy access but, like I said, search until you get the long list. Then I went to individual sites to make sure the offer was valid. When I had Reliant Energy, which has just been bought out or is about to be, they offered me one rate and then when I called in they refused to give me the offer they mailed me, so watch all of them like a hawk. So to answer your question, the variable rate will go up and be much higher. For the second two the company is betting that the cost of electricity will go up and if you want to sock in a two year term, they want more $ . Some even offer 6 month contracts. Too much hassle for electricity. . .There are also other variable to consider when purchasing electricity and the site will fill you in.
Question by Andy S: Anyone else have their Amigo Energy bill more than double in the last 3 months?
In March, our rate was 11 cents per kilowatt hour. In June, it jumped up to 24 cents. Told them to put down the crack pipe and switched providers. We had been with them for 2 years and other than an occasional billing issue (no bill received or payment lost in their online payment system), we were fairly pleased.
Answer by hsrch I have heard comments from Amigo customers regarding their variable rate contracts. Amigo may be OK as a fixed-rate provider but not a a variable-rate one.