I’m so glad that we’re nearing summer, when the days are longer and the sun keeps us warmer. Racking up high electricity bills and the waste that comes with it just drives me crazy, but I don’t like we have a lot of choice. Right?
But actually, if you live in an deregulated state you do have a choice! Energy Choice is a program where customers are able to purchase electricity and natural gas from an independent energy supplier. Traditionally, local utility serves everyone. Today, however, Energy Choice programs allow eligible customers to shop around and choose an electric/natural gas supplier that best suits their needs. Pretty cool, huh?
What is the difference between a utility and a supplier?
In areas where this energy choice (sometimes referred to as energy competition) is allowed, the utility is responsible for maintaining and repairing the infrastructure of the poles, pipes, and wires that will still deliver electricity and natural gas to consumers.
A supplier, on the other hand, is a company that sells the energy that the utility delivers. Suppliers compete in an open marketplace by offering a variety of services and incentives, and consumers chose those that most appeal to them and best meet their energy needs. Suppliers have more options to purchase the energy more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Check out this link to learn all about energy choice and deregulation.
Who is IGS Energy?
Just like you choose to purchase the latest best seller from Amazon.com or Walmart.com and the U.S. Postal Service delivers it to your home, in a deregulated market, you can choose an independent supplier (like IGS Energy) to purchase your electricity and natural gas on the open market, deliver it to your utility, and your utility delivers it to your home (or business).
You may also choose to remain with the utility whose rate often fluctuates with market conditions – meaning their rates are variable and move up and down at various times of the year. The benefit of an independent supplier like IGS Energy is that you can lock in rates at today’s low rates for the longer team and have the peace of mind that if rates jump around, yours remains steady. Suppliers are also able to offer other options such as longer-term fixed rates, flat bills, or green energy products.
Serving over one million customers, IGS Energy is one of the largest independent suppliers of natural gas and electric supply products in the country. They also offer a wide range of home protection products to help customers protect their budgets against costly repairs of the utility lines that keep their home running smoothly, that most people don’t know are their own responsibility.
But you know what my favorite thing about them is?
You know I can never resist sharing good news about companies who I admire, and IGS is doing a ton of stuff to help out their community. IGS Companies community support is outstanding!
Through IGS Impact, we partner with non-profit organizations to make transformational change in the communities where we work, live and do business. Our strategic grants are investments, from which we expect real societal benefit. Company and Foundation programs focus on creating positive change in the areas of energy sustainability and social enterprise. In addition, we support organizations and causes that our employees are passionate about.
If you check out their Instagram and Facebook pages you can see all kinds of examples of the good things they do to give back to the community!
Make a change with your online shopping on this #CyberMonday and give some warmth to a child this winter. Operation Warm hopes that every child they reach believes, “I am of value.” Click the link in the bio to learn more about how to #BundleUp and join IGS Energy in supporting Operation Warm this holiday season. Great energy prices for you, and a warm winter for children in need. A photo posted by IGS Energy (@igsenergy) on
#TBT to The 6100 Band performing this past July at @Local Roots in Powell supporting One Goal of eliminating cancer as Team IGS Energy participated in its fourth @Pelotonia. Did you know that The 6100 Band is made up of all IGS employees? 6100 is the street address of the IGS headquarters in Dublin, OH #LifeatIGS #Livemusic #pelotonia #IGS #The6100Band
Energy Saving Gadgets
Many of us are trying to save money and use electricity more wisely. After all, we’re eco-friendly mamas who want to make a difference. So I wanted to share some advice for energy saving gadgets– hopefully they’ll help you save you some money in the long run!
1. Battery Recharger
A battery recharger is not another useless gadget. It really saves money and reduces waste. Of course, you’ll have to buy rechargeable batteries to go with it, but the savings add up quickly. A battery recharger is especially advantageous if you have children with battery-eating toys (like the cars that my son plays with for hours!)
2. Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
You’ve probably heard a lot about compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLs, but that’s because they really do save energy. They are attractive little gadgets with their twisty shape, but if you have lampshades that fit over conventional light bulbs, CFLs come housed in light bulb-shaped casing. Types and sizes of CFLs are always expanding, from outdoor lighting to lamps.
3. The Energy Detective
This gadget will satisfy your inner geek and save you money. It is a small, simple device that clamps onto the incoming channels of your breaker box. The device picks up information about how much electricity is being used, then sends that information to a “Gateway,” which stores the data. The Gateway is plugged into any outlet, and sends the information wirelessly to a small, wireless, LED display screen. Look at the screen to see how much electricity you are using in real time. Now you can pick and choose where, when and how to cut back on your energy use around your home.
4. Solar Lights for Outdoors
Whether you want to light your porch steps, driveway, or add attractive lighting to your garden, solar lights are neat gadgets that have a real use. They save enormous amounts of energy and most of them will come on automatically when it begins to get dark. You can get solar-powered Christmas lights for outdoor decorating, too.
5. Programmable Thermostats
This is a gadget that really saves energy. It provides precise temperature control – a very helpful thing when one or two degrees in the temperature setting can make a big difference. The thermostat will turn itself off and on automatically once it’s programmed, so you don’t have to try to remember to do it. You can set it so the house is warm when you get up and cool when you go to sleep, and still save energy. This is one of those gadgets that adds to indoor comfort and still saves money.
6. Light Timers
Whether it’s your desk lamp, outdoor flood light, or Christmas tree lights, timers are invaluable for safety and energy savings. Set the timer so the Christmas lights or room lamps are off at bedtime and when you’re not home, and on at dusk. This not only gives the appearance that someone is home at dark, but it also prevents fires from accidentally leaving the Christmas lights on. You just have to adjust the timing to coincide with your schedule. Most lamp timers have multiple settings; you can set the lights to come on and off at anywhere from four to six different intervals. Some timers have 24 tabs, one per hour, and you can press them in or pull them out at many intervals.