What is Energy Consulting & How Do I Become An Energy Consultant?

two business people consultingIn this post, we’ll discuss two of the most common questions we get here at Unified Energy Alliance –

  • What is energy consulting?
  • How do I become an energy consultant?

What is energy consulting?

Energy consultants work with business owners in deregulated markets to ensure the energy plan their business is signed up for is a good match for their particular needs. The primary responsibilities of energy consultants are: Continue reading

Don’t Fall for These Energy Broker Tricks

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We’re proud to be in the service of protecting business owners. Since we have nothing to sell but our services, we can simply focus on securing the best energy deals for our clients. We understand the many challenges of running your own business, and what we care about most is keeping you from falling victim to one of those fly-by-night energy rate pushers.

With your interests in mind, we want to alert you to some common energy broker tricks to make you think you’re getting a great deal up front. These are common practices that we’ve found nearly every business owner we’ve talked to has fallen for at some point. Continue reading

How Do Natural Gas Prices Get Set?

gas-rigIf you’ve ever looked at your energy bill and wondered how natural gas prices could fluctuate so much in just a few short months, you’ll be interested in how we answer this common question for you. Many factors drive gas prices, some of which are the same ones that affect electricity supply and demand.

We’ve outlined several below, but keep in mind, several of these can occur at the same time, making it very difficult to forecast market shifts. Continue reading

UEA Electricity Products & Pricing Plans

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When you have little knowledge of all your options, choosing the right energy option for your business can lead to headaches and a larger dent in your wallet than you expected.

Put our knowledge to the test by taking advantage of our free consultation! Even if you aren’t looking to switch energy suppliers, we’ll still be able to help you fully understand your businesses energy contract and know whether there are better options available. If you are considering a switch, review the following options available to you through Unified Energy Alliance.

Negotiating with suppliers for nearly ten years on behalf of clients has taught us a thing or two, allowing us to offer two exclusive pricing options you can’t find through any other energy supplier. (We also offer a third, more common option for those who prefer the index pricing.) These options are explained below.

A Super-Fixed Product

This electricity pricing option allows you to fully lock in a rate per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the energy generation and transmission portions of your energy bill (learn more about your energy bill pricing analysis breakdown here). The only variations in this bill will be tied to your consumption, but you are protected from pricing fluctuations no matter what happens in the market. This option is available in terms as short as six months or as long as five years!

The super-fixed product gives your business budget stability and predictability. While immediate cost savings usually aren’t seen, locking in a low rate at the right time can help you save over time.

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Common Electricity Pricing Components

Most business owners are unaware of what goes into the pricing of their energy bill. This leads to understandable frustration when the bill continues to go up and up even as the price per kilowatt hour remains the same.

Understanding electricity pricing components is critical so that you can put yourself in a better position to know what product, offering, and supplier will work best for your business. Today we dive into these common components so you are fully aware what may or may not be included in your quoted price. Continue reading

You Won’t Believe What Outside Factors Drive Energy Pricing

When it comes to the cost of energy, pricing typically follows seasonal cycles. An example of this is the higher cost of electricity and natural gas in the summer and winter months (when demand is higher), compared to lower prices in the spring and fall where reserves are built up for the upcoming busy seasons.

This means energy prices would be somewhat predictable if not for other things that affect the markets we live in.

So why do our energy bills fluctuate so much?

The main influencers are weather, government regulations, outages, source fuels, and geopolitical events. Let’s take a look at why each might affect pricing.

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Weather – One of the most influential variables on market pricing, weather directly affects energy consumption. Extreme hot or cold spells create higher demand for heating or cooling energy, naturally driving up the price. Stormy weather and catastrophic events can create extreme price volatility, especially if natural gas or electricity facilities are damaged. Even if extreme weather is merely forecast- but never arrives- you’ll still see price fluctuations in anticipation. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Energy Deregulation

light bulbEnergy deregulation has long been a confusing topic for anyone who has no vested interest in the energy market. Since this rings true for many business owners, Unified Energy Alliance has been providing sound advice and guidance to hundreds of business owners across the United States since 2008.

If you are a small business owner in a deregulated market, you may have shopped for the cheapest rate and gotten burned. The good news is that knowledge is power, and you’ve already learned a valuable lesson.

Whether you’ve suffered this fate or are just beginning your search for a new energy supplier, you should know a few things about the deregulated energy market that will help clear the haze. Continue reading

Business Energy FAQ

One benefit of meeting with hundreds of small business owners each year is that we begin to recognize what concerns people have in common. We make note of the most frequently-asked questions, and create a FAQ (with answers) to share with other business owners who may be searching for a new energy supplier. Today we’ll cover six of the most common questions.

How do I choose a new energy supplier?

lady holding paper that says terms and conditionsShopping for a new energy supplier is much like shopping for car insurance. The lowest quote may not always turn out to be the best – or safest – route. The best way to shop energy suppliers is to get a copy of the terms and conditions, so you can take time to fully understand what you are signing up for. There are many different ways energy suppliers can add hidden charges into your energy bill, and you may not even notice! Once you get the terms and conditions, you can safely compare plans between suppliers and select the one that matches your needs.

Do they offer green or renewable energy options? Continue reading

Top 5 Benefits of Partnering with UEA

meetingOne of the best parts of partnering with Unified Energy Alliance is that you get all the benefits of being an entrepreneur while getting the training, support, and tools that entrepreneurs are typically missing. This allows you to hit the ground running and provides you the best opportunity to be successful.

In this post, we tell you the top five reasons our partners enjoy being entrepreneurs. If these benefits sound like something you’d enjoy, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more or apply for a consulting career with Unified Energy Alliance. Continue reading

Benefits of Working with a UEA Consultant (Part 2)

energy consultingAs we first discussed in Benefits of Working with a UEA Consultant (Part 1), there is very little downside to meeting with us to evaluate your current energy contract. Even business owners who choose not to sign a contract with us feel better after having our team explain the options available to them.

In this post, we continue our two-part blog series about the steps we take to analyze your energy contract and negotiate on your behalf. It’s easy to set up a free consultation with our team, and we think you’ll want to do just that after finishing Part 2.

4. Strategic Planning and Sourcing

Simply shopping for the lowest quoted energy price is a common error committed by business owners who fail to understand the numerous hidden charges lurking beyond the low quote, or the volatility of the energy market. In order to get the greatest value for your energy dollar, you need to have a strategic approach to energy management. For example, at UEA we identify the perfect time for energy procurement in order to secure truly fixed-rate energy prices that aren’t subject to price volatility. Also, we work closely with suppliers to get dependable service at the best price, vetting them through an extensive evaluation process. Continue reading