Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tired of All the Talk About Electricity? – Join the Club!

High Electricity BillsSeems like everyone in Texas is talking about electricity and how much we can all save, but I just got my bill and it’s SKY HIGH! And we’re willing to bet yours was too! However, this should come as no surprise since it’s the middle of July in Texas. It’s HOT and we have already surpassed our average number of days of 100 degree heat. You can expect very high electricity bills through the Texas summer no matter who you are paying your electricity bill to this summer, it’s HIGH. Furthermore, over the next 5-7 years electricity prices are expected to double due to:

  1. The expanding population of Texas, which puts added pressure to generate and deliver electricity over our statewide electrical GRID
  2. EPA enforcement of clean air act laws will require coal fired plants, which produce almost 50% of Texas electricity, to install clean coal technology thereby doubling the cost of electricity production from these plants
  3. Increase in the price of natural gas will occur over the next 5-7 years, due to many factors, but mainly because it is the most environmental friendly hydrocarbon. And the discovery of record supplies in the United States over the past 10 years, have led us to recommend and adopt its use in everything from trucks, buses, cars and for electricity generation

The above factors will affect all Texas electricity consumers, whether they are served by a local electrical co-op or in a deregulated area of the state, because we all pull from the same electricity GRID.

History shows us that the deregulation of electricity does not lower prices at the consumer level, especially when wholesale prices and demand are both going up, as compared with prices at the consumer level for traditional state regulated utilities or electrical co-ops. In fact, California had to eliminate electricity deregulation during a period of rising demand and wholesale prices. Although electrical co-op prices are today higher, in almost all cases, than low-cost electricity in the deregulated market, this does not accurately reflect the future. In fact, in 5 years it’s likely that a consumer in a deregulated market area of Texas may be paying twice as much for their electricity.

The only way to WIN as a consumer in the deregulated electricity market is to combine your purchasing power with that of your neighbors. “Get Your Power Back” and negotiate your rates as a group – Join the Club!

This will result in giving you back the TRUST, SECURITY and CONVENIENCE of an electrical co-op or state-regulated utility, while guaranteeing you are always getting the best rates in the market. ALLSMART Energy is developing these consumer buying clubs beginning with the Texas Electricity Alliance and expanding into other deregulated states and countries in 2012.

Come join us today and never worry about electricity again!

Together We Save. Together We Share.

Why is Breaking Up so Hard to Do?

Break Your Electricity ContractWe notice a continuing theme at the Texas Electricity Alliance when we sign up a TXU customer to join our alliance and let us do the work for them when it comes to switching their electricity provider to save money. They tell us over and over that they have been with TXU forever and were just afraid to switch, concerned that something might happen to their electricity. At least with TXU, they knew they were paying too much but it always worked.

The truth is that it’s hard to leave any relationship, even a dysfunctional one. With everything in the world changing so fast, sometimes it’s nice not to always be dealing with managing the expenses in our daily lives. However, when it comes to electricity we are constantly educating our members on the fact the TXU does not generate or deliver electricity in Texas any more. The deregulation act of 2002 put an end to the TXU monopoly of cradle to grave electricity for their customers. Today, TXU is a reseller just like all those other electricity companies you may or may not have heard of. Electricity in Texas is delivered only by regulated utilities like ONCOR or Centerpoint.

So remember you’re not really breaking up with the old TXU, they actually left you almost 10 years ago but they do go to great lengths to make sure you don’t know that and that you still believe they are actually somehow a better way for you to buy electricity. The truth is, they have the highest prices in the market and make lots of mistakes with their billing system.

So, let the Texas Electricity Alliance help you through the break up and we’ll be there to ensure you every step of the way that everything we’ll be just fine and absolutely nothing about your electricity service is going to change except the price and always remember: Together We Save. Together We Share.

Check us out online to and see if we can save you $400-$2400 annually. We love saving people money!

Stop wasting your $$ with Direct Energy!

Direct Energy ScamHave you noticed the new advertisements from Direct Energy?

They are touting electricity prices that are so low that you can now keep your house at arctic like temperature in the summer. Have they lost their minds? At the Texas Electricity Alliance, we say YES they have! Not only that, they are encouraging consumers to waste more and spend more on electricity.

We don’t believe in encouraging people to waste more because they are paying less. We know it’s hot in Texas in the summer, but we have more often than not pointed out how our wasteful nature can cause damage to the entire Texas electricity GRID not to mention our environment as well. We only hurt each other when we use too much of anything. Now we’re also not saying you have to keep you house at 85 degrees and grow tomatoes inside. We are just saying that we should all be reasonable and when you join the Texas Electricity Alliance you can be assured you are joining the only organization in the Texas electricity market that is not encouraging you to use more electricity so we can make more $$. Quite the opposite is true, our only mission is to provide our members with the lowest electricity rates in the market, and at the same time, help them understand how to conserve electricity and still be very comfortable. Because, Together We Save. Together We Share.

Death, Taxes & Electricity: 3 Certainties in Life

At the Texas Electricity Alliance we say there are 3 things you just can’t avoid and that’s Death, Taxes and Electricity. Electricity has arguably become the most valuable fuel in our economy.  We all pretty much take it for granted, but we need to stop wasting it and take a long look at what it’s costing us as consumers and as citizens.

If the doctor told you that you had a bad heart and that if you didn’t eat right and exercise that you might have a heart attack, you would probably start to change your habits and take care of yourself better. If your accountant told you that you were accumulating a huge tax liability by not paying your estimated taxes each quarter, then you would more than likely start paying your estimated quarterly taxes to avoid the penalty. Now electricity may not seem quite as important but it really is. It’s the fuel that drives every machine and microchip in the industrialized world and without them and electricity in general, everything would stop and I mean everything.

Electricity is one of our most valuable natural resources. Even though it does not occur naturally and has to be generated, it is still sourced from natural resources. Electricity has become so important to the fabric of our lives and society that it is now as certain as death and taxes that you will always have an electricity bill.

We all need to become better at managing this valuable and indispensable natural resource. By better management, we can use less and be better prepared for the future so we don’t have an electricity heart attack or an electricity financial disaster. We take electricity for granted today and most of the entire world has no choice with regard to how they obtain or pay for their electricity. However, that is all changing as we continue to deregulate electricity across the United States and the world, it’s all our job to better understand how to use this indispensable resource. Just always remember: Together We Save and Together We Share.

Don’t Waste a kWh This Summer and Take the Heat Off!

Summer Texas DayYou know it’s HOT in Texas when you can’t have fireworks on the 4th of July, but that is exactly how hot and dry it is in Texas this summer. With the increased drought and heat this summer, there is likely to be more pressure on the Texas electricity GRID than ever before.

Along with this pressure on the infrastructure, there are still many retail electricity providers selling electricity at such low introductory rates that some could go out of business quickly should electricity demand hit the projected levels for this summer.

During these hot summer months we want to remind folks to turn your thermostat up to 80 or above when you go on vacation, and it might be a good idea to empty your refrigerator as much as possible to help conserve the power required to run it as well. If we all do our part, hopefully we can avoid any rolling brownouts this summer or even worse blackouts, not to mention a surge in electricity prices especially for anyone not in a fixed rate plan.

If you are not in a fixed rate electricity plan, we highly recommend you lock into one ASAP. Texas Electricity Alliance has three to choose from. Then do your part to help take the pressure off the GRID! And remember, Together We Save, Together We Share.