As winter turns to spring, many Stream Energy customers across the country will experience a nice break in their usage and bills. Temperatures become more moderate, and customers in states like Texas and Georgia enjoy pleasant weather before the heat of summer kicks in. But did you know that you can keep your electric bills from skyrocketing even in the warmer months? Here are some tips from Stream Energy to save energy and money even as the temperatures rise.
Tip #1: Examine your appliances.
Believe it or not, appliances use even more energy than the cooling and heating units in your home. Think about it. At any given moment, you may have televisions, refrigerators, freezers, a washing machine, and various electronics all running at the same time.
Bankrate estimates that the average family spends approximately $2,200 on electric services per year. And the U.S. Energy Information Administration rates appliance, lighting, and electronic use at approximately 35 to 40 percent of that energy usage.
You need these electric appliances, and you may even rely on them heavily. So how do you cut back on your usage? One way that Stream Energy suggests is by examining your existing appliances for energy efficiency. If they are getting too old, consider replacing them with newer, energy-efficient models.
Tip #2: Consider how you use electricity.
In addition to performing an evaluation on the condition of your appliances, also be mindful of your usage. Remember to turn off any unused lights and unplug your coffee pot or other electronics at night when you are not using them. This alone could reduce your energy usage.
Stream Energy also suggests waiting until your washing machine or dishwasher is full before you run it to conserve energy, especially during the months when you know your air conditioner is working overtime.
Tip #3: Perform routine home maintenance.
In some states, like Texas, spring can bring days of pleasant weather followed by a late-season blast of cold or a wave of heat. Sometimes, you might even get both in the same week. Stream Energy and other retail energy providers recommend that you mark your calendar to do regular home maintenance as the seasons change.
Replacing filters will help prevent your air conditioning or heating unit from going into overdrive. It’s also a good idea to check windows and doors for leaks. Drafty windows can be remedied with a fresh bead of caulk. And new weather stripping will help block heat and humidity from seeping in under the door.
Tip #4: Clearly understand your retail electricity provider’s terms of service.
Knowledge is power. Understanding how you are charged for your electricity services can have a significant impact on your bill. Each retail energy provider offers different plans and packages. It is important to find the right provider, and it is also important to understand how you will be billed.
Some plans charge a higher amount for energy used during peak times of the day. Other plans calculate your bill based on how much energy you used during that billing cycle. For example, you may have a higher rate for usage under 500 kW or your plan could offer a discount if you stay between 1000 and 2000 kW. There are plans that have fixed rates, and there are even plans offering free nights and weekends.
Stream Energy recommends that you carefully evaluate the different plans and providers and find the one that best fits your budget and lifestyle.
Tip #5: Choose the right energy provider.
There are a ton of choices out there when it comes to electricity providers. Finding one that fits your budget is important, but you should also consider other factors before signing a contract. Read reviews and ratings to make sure that the company offers the kind of support you need. Also, examine bonuses and perks that come along with signing up with certain companies.
Stream Energy, for example, is innovative and offers a number of packages including flat rates, free nights and weekends, and even green energy plans. Additionally, with Stream Energy, there are opportunities to become an Independent Associate and sell services to other energy customers. One of the many benefits of becoming a Stream Independent Associate is that not only do you earn extra income, but you may also be compensated with free energy or free wireless service.
About Stream Energy
Stream Energy is an innovative retail electricity provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas.The company was founded in 2005 and serves customers in Texas and multiple other states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
Since its earliest beginnings, the Stream Energy business model has been to sell energy by word of mouth. And the company has been extremely successful. In fact, today, Stream is one of the largest direct selling companies in the global energy market. This innovative way of doing business has enabled thousands of Independent Associates not only to earn an income but also to work on their own terms.
Stream Energy Associates have the flexibility to decide what they need to feel successful – whether that means earning a little extra money on the side or selling Stream services full-time. You have the freedom to decide what success looks like for you.
There are personal customer bonuses that you can earn any time you enroll a new customer, and team bonuses you can earn when you build a team. Truly, there are no limits to your earning potential with Stream Energy.
And since the company has expanded to offer services beyond energy, you can also sell:
– wireless services that offer unlimited text, talk, and data without a contract
– international wireless plans with unlimited messaging to over 180 countries
With Stream Energy, you get so much more than just a new electricity plan. So whether you need service, are interested in earning more income, or both, visit Stream Energy online to get started.