Energy Deregulation ! & energy saving Tips: ! an automatic atm machine ! compiled by Accem Scott
What is Deregula.on • Deregula(on is when government reduces its role and allows industry greater freedom in how it operates. (phones, mail, airlines and now energy & natural gas) • The stated ra.onale for deregula.on is o?en that fewer and simpler regula.ons will lead to a raised level of compe..veness, therefore higher produc.vity, more eﬃciency and lower prices overall. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brief history of US Deregulation I!
• I believe very strongly that people need to understand because when you hear the word ‘deregula.on’, you got to really perk your ears up and listen to the person talking because what that means is there is a massive transfer of wealth that is about to occur when any deregula.on happens. • And if you really want to go back to the history of deregula.on, there has been 4 major deregula.ons in the United States, and the ﬁrst one, people don’t even realize what happened, was actually the mail industry. There is a guy named Larry Hillblom, and he sued the US mail system and said “you have a monopoly on taking mail around the United States.” Well, he won, and it opened up the door for DHL, FedEx and UPS, which as we all know, are billion dollar companies out there.
Brief history of US Deregulation II • The second major deregula.on that happened a?er the mail industry was the airline industry, and companies like Southwest, Air Tran, Fron.er Airlines, those kind of airlines were born out of the deregula.on of the airline industry, and again, a massive transfer of wealth happened, and billion dollar companies were born. • One of the biggest deregula.ons of the history of the United States un.l now has been the phone deregula.on, and most people remember when Ma Bell, Southwestern Bell deregulated and AT&T, Sprint, and all these billion dollar companies were born. • And ﬁnally we get to the point now, which is the most important. Warren BuﬀeY and Bill Gates were interviewed at MSNBC.com and it was at Gail University. They were doing an interview together, and they were asked, “Where do you think the next wave of millionaires is going to come from?”, and Warren BuﬀeY said, in no uncertain terms “Guys, the deregula?on of the energy market will create more millionaires than any other deregula?on in history because of the size of the market in the United States right now."
How I got turned on to Deregulation! • I was working in the Solar Thermal industry and a very close friend of mine came to me, not looking to make money or to proﬁt or anything like that, he just came up to me and said, “ I know you’re into solar and things like that but what about if people can’t aﬀord it”? “Did you know that you can switch away from the monopoly? In fact, the state encourages it so the consumer can pay a lower price and you can get a beEer electric & gas bill .”
That’s when it hit me!! • What if people could use the system as it exists now, get a new energy supplier, save enough money to jus.fy the purchase of their very own solar hot water/electric systems, become energy independent and then help others do the same. (see step by step process below)
The Rub!! “The only catch was that all the deregulated states were either up north (PA, NJ, MD,CN,& NY)” Mid-‐west (Ohio, IN, IL), West-‐coast (CA) & TX. Without the advantage of deregula.on states like NC. have to fall back on increased tax credits as their incen.ve to go with renewable technologies or wait for the mandated deregula.on to come to each state.
The Research I! • That one liYle conversa.on sparked me to start inves.ga.ng how I could get my mom and other Philadelphia, New Jersey & New York rela.ves to save money by switching their services. I found out that “Yes, you can switch bills away from the monopoly and really save money with no strings aYached.” It was a preYy simple conversion. • That was the beginning of it for me! hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/index.aspx www.GreenBrotherSolar.com
What I do Now!! • Part of my job is not to sell electricity or gas, or try to convince someone to switch, it’s just to educate people. The whole point of deregula.on is to allow the consumer to not have to pay the highest price in the market when the monopoly controls you. So, when a state deregulates, and PA, NJ, & MD were a few of the states to do it correctly, other states are now choosing, state by state to do the same. As we get deeper into this, and as each state sets the example of deregula.on working, and allowing the consumer to have a lower bill and the same reliability they’ve already goYen, there are many many more states that are either about to deregulate, or are in the process of deregula.ng as we go into the future. (GA & TN are next)
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A Buyers Guide to purchasing
Gas/Electric commodi.es from suppliers
Part I Natural Gas! Part II Electricity !
Part I! Residential/ Commercial Natural Gas Shopping Guide! For Customers of Xoom & Planet Energy
How we get the gas • The gas lines that run down your street and into your home are s.ll owned and operated by your local natural gas distribu.on company. The rates for that distribu.on part of your service are regulated by the your local Public U.lity Commission. But many consumers can choose the company that provides the gas supply por.on of their natural gas service through their regulated company’s distribu.on lines. Check out this informa.ve video on deregula.on
Suppliers must be licensed!! • Only suppliers licensed by the your local Public U.lity Commission can sell natural gas supply to consumers in the state. Some suppliers may oﬀer natural gas supply service that is cheaper than the gas supply you normally would • buy from your local natural gas distribu.on company. Other suppliers may oﬀer longer or shorter • contracts for service at a ﬁxed or variable price. The price of gas from your local natural gas distribu.on • company must be approved by the Public U.lity Commission and typically changes on a quarterly basis, • depending on what the company pays for gas in the wholesale natural gas market.
How To Shop for Natural Gas! • A “price to compare” is the amount that you will pay for your gas supply if you con.nue to buy • from your local natural gas distribu.on company. Each regulated local gas u.lity has its “price to • compare” in either cents per ccf (100 cubic feet) or dollars per Mcf (1,000 cubic feet). So, for example, a price of $5.00 per Mcf is comparable to a price of 50 cents per ccf.
Price To Compare! • • • •
Price to Compare $ 4.00/Mcf New Supplier Price 3.00/Mcf Savings $ 1.00/Mcf Monthly Use X 10 Mcf
• Savings per Month $10.00
Price To Compare II • As the ﬁgures show, if your natural gas distribu.on company’s price to compare is • $4.00 per Mcf • and the compe.ng natural gas supplier is charging $3.00, then you can save $1.00 on every Mcf you use. If you use 10 Mcf in a month, then you will save $10.00 that month.
Why Switch….less money!!! • • • • • • • • •
If you have natural gas heat, you will use much more natural gas in the winter months than you do in the summer. The best place to ﬁnd your monthly usage is on your monthly gas bills. Once you know your u.lity’s price to compare and your typical monthly usage, you can begin to shop for your natural gas supplier. By comparing the supplier’s price with your natural gas distribu.on company’s price to compare, you can ﬁnd out whether or not you will save money by switching.
Other por.ons of your gas bill you must pay !!! • • • • • • • •
It is also important to note that we have only included the supply por.on of your natural gas bill in our comparison charts. All customers will also have to pay other charges to their natural gas distribu.on company to have the natural gas delivered to their home. Those charges are the same regardless of who supplies your natural gas and will not aﬀect the amount of your monthly savings.
The Delivery Charge! ! This is the price you pay to your local gas u.lity for the cost of transpor.ng or delivering natural gas from the City Gate to your home or business regardless of whether the gas is purchased from the u.lity or an retail provider. You cannot choose who provides your natural gas delivery service. This charge is to compensate your local u.lity for the cost of maintaining the lines and transpor.ng natural gas to your home or business. It includes charges for things like meter reading, billing, equipment and maintenance and is regulated by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The local u.lity con.nues to provide this service regardless of whether the gas is purchased from the u.lity or a retail provider.
Total monthly gas bill!
• New Supplier Price per Mcf $3.00 • Monthly Usage X 10 Mcf • Monthly Usage Cost $30.00 • Monthly Fee (distribu.on/carrying/delivery) • $5 to $25 Monthly Supply & other fees for 10 Mcf per month $35.00
Prices Change !! You should realize this from the beginning • Always contact the supplier or representa.ve directly to make sure that you understand the price you have to pay plus all other contract terms, such as the length of the contract, whether the price is ﬁxed or variable, and any other fees for switching to or from a par.cular supplier. Your natural gas distribu.on company’s price to compare may change quarterly, too.
Alternative Energy Suppliers! • Alterna.ve Energy Suppliers for Illinois • For Illinois I represent Xoom Energy • (you can order from this link)
Complaints and disagreements • Chief Clerk's Oﬃce (for problems) • The Chief Clerk's Oﬃce is responsible for all Commission records rela.ng to public u.lity maYers. This consists of, but is not limited to, case ﬁles, rates and tariﬀs, hearing schedules, documents served and annual reports. Chief execu.ve oﬃcer and designated agent informa.on for u.li.es also are maintained and updated by the Chief Clerk's Oﬃce.
Other references! • hYp://www.icc.illinois.gov/ags/ consumereduca.on.aspx#s7
Electricity! • Over just the past ten years, the exis.ng U.S. market for compe..ve electricity has grown an es.mated $30 billion (now reaching the $180 billion plateau), and U.S. compe..ve power sales are only expected to increase, projec.ng as much as 10% in 2011. Few industries of this size have remained “under the radar” for so long – but that era has ﬁnally ended.
Early History of U.S. Electricity Deregulation!
Deregulated Electric States ‘02 -‐10
Retail Energy Provider
Larger independent retail energy providers !
Integrated energy companies ! Wholesalers turned retailers or both
Energy services / efficiency companies & Telecom Acquirers !
IDT Telecom A.C.N. with Xoom & Planet Energy
Retail Energy Suppliers! • Today there are hundreds of Retail energy providers na.on-‐wide that sell electricity to customers and handle customer service and billing; and compete for customers by oﬀering pricing op.ons, renewable energy op.ons, added customer service beneﬁts, or other incen.ves. hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/index.aspx www.GreenBrotherSolar.com
The Buyer should look for the best company & deal possible! • • • • • • • •
Unique brand and reputa.on Low complaint ra.o Superior customer service Poruolio of sa.sﬁed customers on ﬁxed, variable & hybrid contracts Product diﬀeren.a.on and diversiﬁca.on Proprietary technology along customer acquisi.on, service and billing Low rates across many months Niche marke.ng approaches such as aﬃnity programs & network marke.ng
• Today, less than 20% of total U.S. power customers have switched (up from less than 10% a few years prior), but nearly half of customers in deregulated markets have switched, and this trend is con.nuing. Witnessing the success of the Texas model, states such as NY, PA, GA, CA, MI, OH, CT, and DE are following suit. As more states deregulate power markets, opportuni.es exist for Retail Energy Provider entrants to take shares from the u.lity incumbents. • The winners and losers have yet to be iden.ﬁed, but this shows that a transforma.on of the deregulated power markets is underway. Big proﬁts are being made!
Conclusion! II • So as you can see there are two sides to energy deregula.on. You can become a customer and just save money if you want to. You can just switch over, no cost, no charge, no transfer fee, become a customer and save money. • My mother, aunt and many of my friends started oﬀ like this. • The second side of this is to make money turning other people on to it. I quickly decided I wanted to share the opportunity of doing this along with my other business, Green Brothers Solar. I found out that you could get a license to sell electricity but
Conclusion! III it takes $54 million dollars or more to be licensed by the state to buy and sell energy. The average person can’t do that. A good friend of mine L. Manning approached me during one of my unusually slow periods with an opportunity. He said there was a company out there that allows customers to come into the the energy business as either customers or small business owners.
A Leap Of Faith! • In 2012 I took a leap of faith into the Telecom and energy business hoping I could show people how to save money now, reduce their over-‐all energy costs and have enough in a short .me to aﬀord to move step by step into a hybrid conven.onal/renewable energy lifestyle. • (see www.GreenBrotherSolar.com)
It’s Working! More people than ever are now Envisioning a future where they are either signiﬁcantly oﬀ of the grid or are completely energy independent.
If you are interested in being a customer!
• If you are interested in being a customer of Xoom Energy or Planet Energy and would like to consult with me on how to do this there are two ways to quickly get in touch with me. • accemscoY@hotmail.com 828 280-‐7287 Or just sign up yourself!!
If you are interested in becoming a business owner !
• Please ﬁrst go to: 1. The following website and check to see if your city and area are deregulated and whether it includes Energy, Natural Gas or both. hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/ index.aspx 2. Once you check your state and our companies then give me a call: 3. 828 280-‐7287 or accemscoY@hotmail.com
Other ways to Reduce Use! • Weatherize your home and prac.ce energy conserva.on. • Follow the energy saving .ps below: hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/index.aspx www.GreenBrotherSolar.com
10 Best Energy Saving Tips! 1. Monitor Your Energy Use You can reduce your monthly electric expenses — typically by as much as 15 percent, according to a recent IBM study — by knowing how much power you’re actually using and where you can most eﬀec.vely cut back. Add a plug load monitor ($25 and up) to any outlet where you plug in an appliance or device; the monitor will display how much energy the device is consuming and when, helping you decide which ones should be turned oﬀ and at what .me.
#2 Install Dimmer Switches Not yet ready to say bye-‐bye to incandescent bulbs? Then consider that simply dimming a light by 10 percent more than doubles the bulb's life — and switches only cost about $10.
#3 Set a Programmable Thermostat This handy item — widely available for about $50 — can help you save almost $200 a year by turning down the heat at certain .mes of day or night. For every degree you lower your thermostat for an eight-‐hour period, you cut energy use by about 1 percent. So, if you set it back 10 degrees overnight, you can save 10 percent.
#4 Buy an Insula(ng "Blanket" Get your hot-‐water heater its own blankie! This $20 investment can lower your water-‐hea.ng costs by 9 percent, says the U.S. Department of Energy.
#5 Install an Energy Star-‐Rated Ceiling Fan Prices start at just $30. In cooler months, run the fan in a clockwise direc.on to push warm air down from the ceiling, reducing HVAC load by as much as 10 percent. And in the summer, reverse the mo.on to circulate cool air — and make the temperature feel up to eight degrees cooler!
#6 Dodge the DraS Here's how: Install permanent weather stripping around your windows and doors to seal in heat and keep out chilly gusts. You can buy about 15 feet of weather stripping for less than $10 — saving you up to 15 percent in hea.ng and cooling costs.
#7 Install Insula(ng Window Treatments Cellular and honeycomb shades will help you reduce both heat loss (up to 86 percent) and gain (up to 80 percent) in one fell swoop. And they won't break the bank: These shades start at roughly $25 a window.
#8 Replace the Aerator on Your Faucet For just $5, an eﬃcient aerator will reduce ﬂow from the usual 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) to a thri?y 1.5 gpm — a big return on a small investment and a good way to conserve an increasingly precious resource.
#9 Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature se|ng according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $7 a month.
#10 Discover the Cold Water Wash Water hea.ng accounts for 90 percent of the energy used by washing machines. Washing in hot water costs 20 to 40 cents per load. That adds up, and it’s not necessary, except for special loads such as diapers or stained work clothes. Try washing in cold water using cold water detergents, and wash full loads whenever possible. On sunny days, use the clothesline instead of the dryer. Use essen.als to increase germ killing proper.es.
Other Energy Saving Tips I! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Unplug cell phone chargers. Wash and dry your clothes a?er 7 PM. Replace your incandescent light bulbs compact ﬂuorescent bulbs (CFLs). Ensure that all windows and doors are well sealed to keep room temperature stable. Turn oﬀ any unnecessary lights, electronic devices and appliances when possible. Use fans throughout the house to keep air circula.on and comfortable room temperatures. Turn oﬀ bathroom exhaust fan at least 20 minutes a?er you shower. Kitchen ven.la.on should also be oﬀ within 20 minutes a?er you ﬁnish cooking. Replace your A/C ﬁlter every 30 days or so to avoid any excess use of the A/C. Ensure that your A/C and heat ven.la.ons remain unblocked at all .mes. Programmable thermostats help you maintain a comfortable environment at home. Replace your A/C unit if it’s more than 15 years old. Most appliances are built with energy saving technology. Replace any household item that may be older than 10 years to make use of such advancement. Your water heater should not exceed 120°. Try to empty your water heater regularly—every 120 days or less—to avoid sediment.
Other Energy Saving Tips II! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Do not overload your dishwasher. By doing so, you will waste both water and electricity. When washing clothes, use cold water as o?en as possible. Set your refrigerator temperature between 37 and 40 degrees and no less than 5 degrees for your freezer. Remove any frost build-‐up from your freezer. Do not open the refrigerator or freezer unnecessarily. This will cause the fridge to keep itself cool and avoid replacing warm air less o?en. Keep your freezer full. By doing so, it will operate much eﬃciently and use less power to keep it cool. Clean the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator as o?en as possible. When washing, separate your heavy clothes (i.e. towels, jeans, quilts) from your lighter clothes (i.e. socks, t-‐shirts, shorts). Remember to remove any lint build-‐up from your dryer screen every three or less loads. Air-‐dry any items of clothing that you consider possible. Do not overload your dryer to capacity. Allow some of the air inside to circulate to avoid overhea.ng and excessive use of power. Computers should be set to sleep whenever they are not in use. Any other electronic gadgets such as faxes, copiers and printers should be oﬀ un.l you are ready to use them. When reading, direct a lamp directly on your book instead of brightening the en.re room. Keeping TVs, lamps and other heat-‐emi|ng devices away from your thermostat will prevent it from miscalcula.ng the actual room temperature.
Thanks for checking this e-‐book out! • For more informa.on: • hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/index.aspx • www.GreenBrotherSolar.com • www.accemscoY@hotmail.com • 828 280-‐7287
Solar in 3 Years! • HOW TO BRING YOUR ELECTRIC/GAS BILL DOWN TO ZERO IN THREE YEARS
Go Solar I • I have been traveling for the last few months working with solar clients in many states in the northeast & installing solar hot water on farms in Western North Carolina. The northeastern states of New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connec.cut have something that we in North Carolina don’t have, Energy Deregula.on. For many folks in the West Coast energy deregula.on has been a challenging proposi.on and has lead to a divided conversa.on of its value to the consumer.
Go Solar II • The fact is like telephone deregula.on of the 80’s we will eventually choose who will be the next Sprints/T-‐ mobile’s/and Verizon’s of the energy world. • With a liYle research we have the opportunity to be ahead of the curve as this the last of the large government regulated industries goes deregulated. • I have seen where energy deregula.on along with a three step plan to get your home or property progressively independent of the energy grid is not only a posi.ve way to go but can bring the added beneﬁt of bringing extra cash into the homeowner or business’s pocket.
The plan works like this!! ! The ﬁrst year you make as many home/business energy improvements as possible thereby saving as much as $40-‐300 a month with simple DIY projects. (see changes you can make above)
Find A Retail Energy Provider! 1b. Also in year one you should ﬁnd a reputable company that supplies your electric/gas at a cheaper rate than your u.lity and sign up. You can save here a boat-‐load of money (up to 20% for both electricity and gas in some areas.) Read my Energy Shoppers guide to navigate some of the pit falls. Link below to my retail energy site. hYp://accem.shopacnrep.com/energy/index.aspx
My solar op.ons 2. In year two install a solar hot water system onto your property ($6,500 fully installed) Receive 30% federal tax credit & 35% state credit. www.GreenBrotherSolar.com ** state credits are diﬀerent for each state. (Used solar systems can be brought for as liYle as $2,500)
Best price PV op.on 3. In year three install one 3-‐5 Kw solar electric system onto the property. • At this point you should be 80-‐90% energy – independent. www.wholesalesolar.com • Each succeeding year you can con.nue to beef-‐ up your system with addi.onal panels and things like solar ﬂoor hea.ng.
Best solar hot water option!
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That’s all folks!! www.solarpowerrocks.com www.energysavers.gov www.civicsolar.com hYp://www.youtube.com/watch? v=mNQQDSvjVB0 • www.dsireusa.org • www.greenbrothersolar.com • • • •
Call now for free consultation! www.GreenBrotherSolar 828 280-‐7287 AccemscoY@hotmail.com