Whether you’re budgeting for your home or your business, one of the largest, trickiest budgeting items is your energy bill. With energy prices being subject to change, how do you know what to set aside? You don’t want to under-budget and come up short for the month; if you over-budget, and you can miss out on some crucial expenses. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to accurately budget for your energy bill every month. Continue reading
Capacity costs, which are usually the second highest contributor to the overall cost of energy supply, are dramatically increasing throughout much of the United States. Generally, this cost fluctuation is due to the phasing out of coal generators. These generators are becoming relics in the modern era, and many are being shut down. Conversely, natural gas generation is on the rise, but it does have a few drawbacks: its pricing can be more variable and it’s more difficult to transport than coal. Those types of variables can translate into some power grids having to pay more to ensure reliability.
In short, capacity costs are prices paid to ensure that variable availability of power sources will not result in blackouts or brownouts, even in the toughest temperature conditions and winter and summer can produce. Continue reading
At Unified Energy Alliance, we’re constantly looking for the best people to carry our success well into the future. We know that this business model works – and we’re committed to finding the best people to maximize their personal success, while building our company to create more opportunity and serve our clients well.
Unified Energy Alliance is an energy consulting firm that specializes in recruiting, training, and developing potential marketing/sales channels for some of the largest energy savings companies in the United States. Our consulting partners start out appreciating the opportunities available to them, but as they put in the work to see their success grow, we’re always hearing about how the growth potential is more than they expected. Continue reading
The average American business consumes about six times more electricity than a residential home. Of course, commercial electric bills vary wildly from industry to industry, much more so than with homes of varying sizes and locations. Commercial power consumers have much more significant variations of scale, size, and needs of buildings and operations.
Commercial buildings serve a huge variety of purposes —offices, hospitals, schools and higher education facilities, police stations, places of worship, warehouses, factories, hotels, retails sites and shopping malls, and much more. And each different commercial building activity represents a different type of energy consumption and need.
Types of energy used in commercial buildings Continue reading
Can you or one of your team members research energy prices for your business on their own? Sure – and chances are, you’ll find a few ways to save money. But is the time, the research, and simply not knowing the big picture of this topic worth it for you? You have lots of other things to do with your time in your business. And we have a group of trained professionals who can work to find you significant savings. So let’s take a look at three main problems that can come with trying to get the best energy price on your own.
1) It’s Likely You’ll Underestimate the Effort that It Takes to Find the Information You Need
As you probably know, sourcing your energy with a 3rd party supplier is a great way to improve your company’s bottom line and mitigate risk. But all too often, companies try to tackle a sourcing project themselves, underestimate the effort required to get bids, and do not obtain the best possible rates. Working directly with a supplier will limit your options and result with that supplier receiving greater margins and more favorable terms. That means more money out of your pocket. Continue reading
- Generation, which is the production of electricity.
- Transmission, which is the movement of that electricity from where it is produced to a local distribution system.
- Distribution, which is the delivery of electricity to your home or business.
When you shop for an electric supplier via an energy consulting service such as Unified Energy Alliance, the consulting service and you are teaming up to find the best fit for the company that generates or supplies your electricity. For electric customers who select a new supplier, transmission costs also will be included in the charges from your new supplier. The electric utility that distributes your electricity —or your Electric Distribution Company (EDC) —will remain the same. Regardless of whether you choose a different supplier, your electric utility will continue to supply and deliver your electricity, provide reliable service and respond to outage problems. Continue reading
If you’re a business owner shopping for the best and most reliable value for your energy needs, you’ve probably realized that numerous factors should contribute to your final decision.
- Does the energy company really understand what your energy needs are and how they might be flexible depending on changing variables in your business?
- Is there a lot of fine print that you need to examine carefully in an offer from the energy company?
- How is the company really coming up with the price that they are presenting to you via their offer?
- Is price really the most important factor when it comes to your decision?
These questions, and many more, can make settling on a confident choice in an energy supplier tricky. That’s why we, at United Energy Alliance, do our best to be up front about what you can expect from our services, and help you understand what contributes to the price that we offer.
Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a pricing offer from United Energy Alliance.
Energy pricing typically consists of three basic parts:
As the temperatures drop and the holidays approach, it’s common for job-seekers to suspend their job search through the end of the year. Some common reasons we hear are that “hiring managers might be on vacation” and “no one hires in December.”
The truth is, not only are employers hiring at the end of year, but the US Bureau of Labor Statistics says the actual hiring levels for November and December 2016 were well above January and even September 2016. While you might attribute this fact to seasonal hires for the holidays, actually most of those hires happen earlier in the year to allow for proper training and paperwork processing before the holidays start.
So if you’re looking for a job and are planning to wait, we offer one key piece of advice: keep your job hunt going through the end of the year!
Here are more reasons you’ll want to continue your job search during the holidays: Continue reading
If you’ve been looking for work as an energy consultant, or you are a confident and reliable sales, marketing or business development professional and haven’t yet explored a career with Unified Energy Alliance, we invite you to learn more about us!
Unlike most companies looking to recruit talent, we don’t like to talk about ourselves. In fact, our consulting partners do most of the recruiting for us. Here are just a few quotes from testimonial videos that we’ve collected over the years from our partners. Continue reading
- Avoiding hidden charges on your energy bill
- Properly shopping for energy
- Common tricks energy brokers use to get you to sign
The more informed you are about the energy market, legislation, and other topics related to the energy industry, the better positioned you are to save your business some money.
In addition to the links like above, we’ve put together a list of helpful resources you can use if you’re interested in educating yourself further on all things energy. These are valuable tools which can help you analyze pricing trends, stay up to date on recent legislation, and follow events which may impact futures. Continue reading