Case Study: Go Green and Save Green
Abbie works for an environmental non-profit in the Chicago-area. She cares deeply about the environment and wants to use renewable energy for her small apartment. BUT, Abbie also works for a non-profit so she was worried that green energy would be too expensive.
Abbie saw our cost comparison for green energy and decided that for about 0% – 15% premium, she could afford to choose 100% renewable energy. Abbie had been on the default plan for her area and by signing-up for Energy Simply she actually was able to get a lower price on 100% renewable energy than she had been paying.
Sign up for Energy Simply’s service and you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the cheapest or cheapest green energy at all times.
Many Illinoisans live in cities that have negotiated competitive electricity rates for their citizens. This is referred to as municipal aggregation. In most cases, the negotiated rates are lower than the default Comed Utility rate. However, Comed’s rates have come down to 7.006 cents/kwh which means many city rates are now too high. Depending on electricity use, consumers who live in these higher rate cities could be paying an extra $10, $20, $30 or more for electricity every month.
The cities and their rates are listed here:
Aurora – 8.086/kwh
Dwight – 7.88/kwh
Justice – 7.89/kwh
Lanark – 7.852/kwh
Morton Grove – 7.84/kwh
Mount Prospect – 7.935/kwh
Owen Township – 7.845/kwh
Riverside – 7.81/kwh
Warrenville – 7.89/kwh
Consumers living in those cities should consider opting out of their municipal plan. There are no penalties to do so under Illinois law. While they can now switch back to Comed whenever they want, consumers in those cities could also shop for much cheaper rates or let a service such as Energy Simply manage that shopping and switching for them. Rates in Illinois are as low as 6 cents/kwh meaning that significant savings can be realized. And – when consumers let Energy Simply do the shopping and switching, they can rest easy knowing that they’re in the cheapest electricity plan at all times.
This week I celebrate a milestone birthday and I have a small favor to ask: please consider switching to 100% renewable energy. As shown in a previous blog post, renewable energy is sometimes the same price as or sometimes 10%-15% more expensive than non-renewable energy.
This was a big year for my spouse and I as we raise our first child in (see my personal Facebook page for pictures) and we are experiencing all of the joys and challenges of parenthood. One of those joys and challenges is thinking about the world you want your child to live in.
I have heard people say that the current generation is the first generation to experience the effects of pollution and the last one that can make a major change. I hope that for sake of the next generation, we have the collective will to make a change.
P.S. Energy Simply is only available in some states, but there are options to go 100% renewable in nearly all states. For example, in Washington state, Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy both offer programs to go renewable:
Rob Dolin is the Co-Founder and CTO of Energy Simply. He has over a dozen years experience in the technology industry including work in the Office, MSN, and Windows divisions of Microsoft Corp. and technical partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Sina Weibo. Rob holds a B.S. in Engineering with Honors from the University of Illinois and a Graduate Certificate in User-Centered Design from the University of Washington..
Recently there was some good news for Illinoisans. Recently Energy Choice Matters reported that there is no longer a minimum time that you are required to stay with ComEd before switching to a new company. Previously, if you switched back to ComEd from another supplier you were required to stay there for 12 months. Not so anymore.
This is just one more reason it makes sense to shop around for your electricity in Illinois. You can get the cheapest or
greenest electricity and always have ComEd rates as a fallback. If you want the cheapest or greenest but don’t have the time or expertise to shop around, let us do it for you.
You can switch or Energy Simply can switch you to a better deal or a 100% renewable plan at any time!