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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00

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Renegade
leonardii at 2007-04-23 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I'm retired from the Sys-Admin business. I'm now a director for Ignite - the marketing arm for Stream Energy.

Stream Energy is an electric service provider. They buy their energy from the main people who generate electricity, then turn around and sell it to consumers (people like you and me who need to turn on our lights and provide power to our computers).

Basically, they're a middle man in the energy business. I get my cut by getting customers and getting more directors in order to get more customers. Nice plan. It saves people lots of money because Stream uses semi-entrepreneurs like myself to go out and find customers.

They don't have to pay for expensive salesmen and produce overpriced ridiculous TV advertisements. They're a top-5 tier company, so their customer service is OK... about as good as the others. No better, no worse. The really great thing is just that they can save you loads of money on your electric bill. That's the reason I jumped in on the deal. In Texas, the summer heat gets REALLY hot. Electric bills can be simply outrageously expensive. For us, we have two AC units, a large unit for the main part of the house (downstairs), and a smaller unit for the upper part of the house. Both units running in the summer heat tends to make my bill anything but small.

So - I make a few bucks as a director in this company and at the same time I get an exponentially lower electric bill! :)

My business website is:
http://www.jlmelectric.com

Have a look see. Stream Energy is coming to different states other than Texas. Right now we're working on Georgia. But it's all about deregulation. Most states have ONE electric service provider - so the consumer doesn't have any choice. Now, in Texas, we can choose from many providers.

Some say deregulation is bad. Others say it's great. Either way - I know I'm paying a lower bill... so I'm on the side of "it's great!"

And since this business doesn't require me to work full time (or hardly work at all), I get to keep my focus on being a full time student. ;)
(Anonymous) at 2007-04-24 03:48 (UTC) (Link)

Electricity

My family is kind of "odd". As Eric will tell you if you ask him about when I was ranting back in January or so... :-P

We are "serviced" by a company that only serves about 8 families.

It is an old flour mill which has been owned and operated by the same family for the last 100yrs or so. Maybe a bit less give or take.

Back around Christmas, we had some pretty high winds, and those winds caused some wires (old wires I might add) to rub together sending HUMUNGOUS power surges into our house. It turned out that we had to live without power for 5 days, because it was Christmas, and the company didn't want to deal with it.

My Dad has electrician training, so he knows about this stuff, (along with being a top notch mechanic) so he ended up going on and checking stuff out, but the "power company" was stupid so yeeeah.

We went through 12 small surge protector's and 10 large ones. (as big as you can buy from staples for your computers, phones etc... I forget how much voltage it can take, but... it's an un-believable amount.) At one point, our house was on fire because of the power surging into it... the protector fried, and the rug caught on fire.

My 13 yr old brother tried to go in to pull the protector away from the wall/unplug it etc... but couldn't because of the smoke envolved, so my other brother, (15) ran in and grabbed it, smoking and flaming and ran outside with it and threw it in the snow. Coughed for about 20 minutes, and couldn't see for quite awhile after that, but... he saved the house.

It turned out that what was wrong, was the transformer which is out there on the pole had gone bad - and the family who sells us our power didn't want to buy a new one... so my folks offered to buy it... on the condition we didn't have a bill for 4 months.

Since we have an average bill of $300 a month in the summer (lowest time)... they knew if they bought this that they would have paid for it within 4 months.

Winter bill between October and March, specifically Febuary, tops out around $700 a month because we have a lot of rabbits that require heat lamps, the water pumps all have to have heat lamps... etc...

We burn wood, so we don't use electric for heat thankfully, and there are other things we do to cut the bill, but... they have hiked prices and for the time being, we're stuck. We were considering solar power to suppliment what we buy from the mill, and also considering a wind-mill type thing. Not sure what my folks decided on.
Renegade
leonardii at 2007-06-05 23:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Electricity

Well, if you live in Texas, and you have the option to choose your electric service provider, I can give you an excellent rate. This will truly save you significant money on your electric bill.

If you are in Georgia - we are going to be startup up there pretty soon, but it won't be in electricity, it will be in natural gas... which if you use I can give you an excellent rate on that too.

But I don't know where you are... so I'm not sure my company can help you.

But you've got an interesting story! :)
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