The holidays usually mean seeing more of your family, friends and getting that contagious jolly feeling. Although it can be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the busiest and most expensive. Family gatherings and colder weather can cause a ruckus in your home, not to
October is National Energy Action Month, and has been since 1991. It marks not only a national effort to highlight how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being, it is also a time to re-focus our own efforts on ways we can conserve and use less
In Texas, Smart Meter deployment first started in 2008 and smart meters were almost fully deployed in the state by the end of 2012. This change from the older analog meters to the wireless digital meters provided many benefits for customers. But what are those benefits and how can your
No, we’re not talking about that micro-managing boss or your reason-resistant teenager – although they certainly are experts at draining your energy. Here, we’re going to identify those household appliances that – if left plugged in while turned off -- can make paying your electric bill more painful than a
Early preparations are best for hurricane season in Texas.
Do you know who your energy provider is? Did you know you have a choice? After all you send them money every month to keep the electricity flowing. But what’s the process behind that flow? Enter the Texas energy grid, which is a combination of the generation, transmission and distribution
This process simply isn’t working well. There’s got to be a better way. But everyone else does it this way, so is there really a better way? Does this sound familiar to you? That dilemma confronted Texas lawmakers in the late 1990s – now 20 years ago – as they questioned
Thought Leaders Connect On June 8, Direct Energy hosted an exclusive breakfast discussion, moderated by Texas Monthly, sharing results from a recent study “Electricity Reform and Retail Pricing in Texas,” conducted by Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.Influential energy business leaders were welcomed by Direct Energy’s Executive Vice
Planning to host a barbecue for your friends? Save it for the weekend. Look for an energy plan that offers free weekends so that you can power your Texas home, with no added supply charges, and enjoy that sizzling barbecue. With free electricity supply on the weekends, you can
With the Texas summer just around the corner, you can expect hot days and that could mean higher, more expensive energy bills. Which means that it may be time for some Texans to scour the competitive energy market to find a more competitive monthly rate. However, before you start looking
For years, I was one of those “get the electric bill and just pay it” people, not bothering to dig into the details. But a recent move to a new residence and curiosity how my energy costs might change prompted me to do some digging. What I discovered would save
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For over 15 years, Texas residents had a choice when it comes to selecting their retail energy provider. Today, 85% of Texas is deregulated (with only a few cities that are still regulated like Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso).
He’s rebounded quite well since his losing effort on ’Dancing With The Stars.’
Ever been in line at Starbucks, stepped up to pay, and learned that the gentleman in front of you bought your latte? Maybe it’s an iced latte during the Texas summers, but this type of thing happens, folks. There’s no doubt that Texas boasts hospitality, manners, and we love to
What's contango? It's a pricing picture that has helped keep your gasoline prices low, and it's almost gone.
Warmer weather is on the way in Texas, which means residents will be cranking up the A/C to stay cool.
Fifteen years ago, the Texas energy market began a daring experiment – applying the American dream of competition and free enterprise to a sleepy, monolithic electricity market.
Once an oil-field service boomtown, Alice doesn’t live well anymore.
Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?
Show us the hardest working man in Texas and we’ll show you a roughneck.