Make sure you routinely recaulk your windows and doors before the winter begins to ensure the warmth stays in your home. A lot of heat can escape through cracked and old caulking. Remove the old caulking before applying your new one for best results, and remember to check your attic and basement for leaks as well.
Showering makes up almost 20-30% of your water usage. Use a low flow showerhead to save on both heating costs and water bills. A low flow showerhead on your sinks and showers can save as much as 40% of your water consumption and that’s mostly water you don’t need to heat anyway. And don’t worry about water pressure – most new showerheads use a mix of small devices and air to create strong pressure.
Make sure to replace your furnace filter as regularly as is recommended. A furnace that is clogged will work harder because of decreased airflow. This not only consumes more energy but also wears out the furnace faster. Furthermore, the air you are breathing from a clogged filter could be five times more polluted than the air outside. Next time you get a dry cough at home, don’t just blame the winter – it might be your filter that needs changing.
Heating and cooling a home takes up roughly 60% of your annual energy usage. Use a programmable thermostat to make sure you are not unnecessarily heating or cooling your home when you are not there. The extra time it takes to learn how to program your thermostat is more than worth the hundreds of dollars it can save you.
Did you know that LED light bulbs can be up to 10 times more efficient than incandescent ones and can last for almost 20 years? That’s pretty big savings. Plus, LED bulbs are very durable and resistant to temperatures, so they make great additions to both indoor and outdoor home lighting.
Your PVRs and cable boxes can be energy suckers even when they’re not in use. Consider a timed power bar for your TV set so it is truly off when you’re not using them. Most PVRs consume as much electricity as a fridge even if they’re only displaying the time.
Your air conditioner can account for more than 50% of your summer electricity bill, so only use it when you need it. Use a programmable thermostat and make sure your air conditioner is installed in a shaded area, as ACs in shaded areas use up to 5% less energy per year.
Check with your local utility for free energy savings programs, coupons and tips!
The not-so-secret secret - buying electricity at wholesale. As a residential user, you don’t have access to wholesale prices. Our programs bring many small users together so that together, we all benefit and get access to wholesale rates. This allows us to provide you with a direct pass through of the wholesale market for the month – meaning you are charged the same rate every hour of the month. No fluctuations based on time of use.
We work with the natural gas supplier to purchase large quantities of natural gas – and the rate is based on the market situation at that time and length of the purchase term (here's a bit more insight on how it works). This enables us to offer you a similar arrangement – a fixed rate that won’t fluctuate with the market. This enables us to offer you a similar arrangement – a fixed rate that won’t fluctuate with the market.
The energy market can be unpredictable. Variations can be based on factors such as: natural gas inventories, demand, economy and world events. These swings create the ups and downs on your bills that we can help eliminate.
Use our nifty tool to find out what your bill would have been on the wholesale market rate based on your usage profile. If we don't have the months matching your current bill, please try a previous bill.
See for yourself. We take the unbiased 20 year historic utility rates to create a trend line. Then we further take those rates (including those good ol' low 6c/m3 days) and weight it against the colder seasons, because that's when you really use most of your gas. These numbers together can help guide you in a comparison of current rates.
Nothing in life is certain. The information in the graph is based on various sources that we believe to be reliable, but we didn't create it, so its accuracy cannot be guaranteed
Stability and predictability. That's what RiteRate looks like. While we cannot guarantee it, the numbers show that there's a good chance you will benefit over the term of the contract compared to the variable rate.
In addition to helping you eliminate surprises on your energy bills, you will also be eligible for a small discount when you sign up for both our Fixed-Rate Natural Gas and AnyTime Electricity® plan.