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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can benefit from TES's energy consulting services? The simple answer: Organizations and Texas homeowners who are unhappy with their monthly energy bill.

 

Why Use an Energy Consulting Company Like TES?

Simple:  we save you time and money.  You can find the same deals on your own – but it takes months at a minimum and perhaps even longer than a year.  The market changes fast and we have relationships with all major REPs.  And, our consultants have more than 250 years of combined experience doing this already – a tremendous asset to have at your disposal.


How do You Help Lower my Energy Costs?

There’s a few things we can do.  First, we check out your current contract, and then compare it to other offers available in the market.  We have relationships with all major REPs, so we’ll run the current contract by them, and get some offers.  Those prices will be lower than what you currently pay.  Once we get those, then a bidding war is initiated based on the best offers, driving prices down farther.  You always get a lower price and more flexible contract terms.

The second thing we do is analyze your current electrical use and give you recommendations for making more efficient use of your electricity.  As an example, we may analyze your lighting and find that purchasing more energy-efficient light bulbs helps.


What Does My Review Include? 

We’ll check to make sure your facility could be a target for the new “Power Factor” penalty and help you learn how to avoid associated charges and penalties.  Our consultants will audit your entire facility, provide a cost and benefit analysis, and then recommend corrective action.  It’s common to see savings of several hundred dollars per month, and even more, after your receive your review.


What is TEPA Certification?

The Energy Professionals Association of Texas oversees the professional behavior of all our consultants.  Basically, it assures you our professionals are competent in their knowledge and experience, use education to help consumers like you choose an energy supplier, that we use transparent pricing, and that we help you get the most preferential terms and conditions available in the marketplace.


Which States/AREAS Do You Serve?

We serve all deregulated states, which currently includes:

ELECTRIC:

  • California

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • District of Columbia (Washington DC)

  • Illinois

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Texas

  • Virginia

NATURAL GAS:

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Connecticut

  • District of Columbia (Washington DC)

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

CANADA - ELECTRIC

  • Alberta

  • Ontario

CANADA - GAS

  • Ontario


How Did Deregulation Happen?

It actually started in the early 1990s.  Originally, electrical wiring was guaranteed by Federal legislation.  The goal was to increase competition in the free market for electricity.  It’s happening on a state-by-state basis over the years.


What’s Changed and Stayed the Same with Energy Deregulation?

You now get to buy your energy from any REP – retail electric provider.  Your local utility company is still responsible for maintaining the wires locally and for actually distributing the power.  You pay a lower rate than before because of competition, but you might receive two bills, depending on the arrangement between your supplier and distributor.  You could receive a single bill with both the distributor’s and power supplier’s charges, or a bill from each.


Will this Help the Environment? 

Forcing competition within the retail electric industry is believed to help the environment because many REPs use energy from environmentally friendly resources like windmills and clean fuels like natural gas.