Holidays are right around the corner. Regardless of how you celebrate it is a natural time of the year to worry about money. Instead of worrying, we can help you make extra money just by posting on social media sights. It’s completely free, no commitment, no tricks or gimmicks.
From December 15th until January 15th we are offering existing customers $30 for every new customer they bring in. That is triple our regular referral bonus of $10.
Recruiting new customers can be very easy; one of the most effective ways is posting to social media. But there are ways to make this method more effective:
- Post to a neighborhood or private group in Facebook: Does your neighborhood have a Facebook group? It’s easy to find out. If you live in the “Smithtown” area of Anywhere, USA, simply search for “Smithville Neighborhood Group” in Facebook. Chances are you’ll find your group and you can send a request to the moderator to join. Once the moderator approves you, you’ll be able to post. TIPS: You may not want to be too “salesy” right off the bat – your message may get flagged or taken down or just ignored. Instead, share a simple message about why you’re a happy customer. “Hey Smithtown Friends: If you’re sick of dealing with electric companies you can try EnergySimp.ly. They find the cheapest electric and auto-switch you. I was surprised how much they saved me.”
- Join Next Door: Chances are there is a Next Door group for your area. NextDoor.com is like Facebook but limited to just your neighborhood. To find out, just go to www.NextDoor.com, enter your address and email and take it from there. What’s cool is that you can then invite your neighbors to join by sending them a free postcard. It’s fast and easy to start a Next Door group for your area too. Once you’ve joined you can use the same basic message for Next Door as you did for Facebook. Keep it simple: “Hi Neighbors, I’ve saved a lot of money on my power bill and a lot of hassle when I became an Energy Simply customer. They’re not a power company, they choose the cheapest for me and handle all the switching too. You should try it – just go to: INSERT LINK
- Friends and Family: There is no simpler way than strong-arming encouraging family members that they should save money on their electricity. Pass the time with family this Holiday Season showing friends and family just how easy our sign up process is by sitting them down with their power bills and going to EnergySimp.ly.
Think about how you make purchasing decisions. With so many options and potential pitfalls how can you make the right decision? How can you be sure that you are getting the best price and not getting taken advantage of? Referrals are the strongest source of customer growth because it is built on trust. If you’ve had a good experience, share it so that other people can share the joy of saving money and being stress free.
Commonwealth Edison (or Comed for short) is the electric utility that covers most of the Chicagoland Region. According to their website, they supply more than 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois. While it is no secret when their rates are scheduled to increase, many of their customers will be surprised to know that rates are guaranteed to keep climbing incrementally over the next two years.
The current Comed rate is 6.318 cents per kWh. That means if you’re an average user (average sized house, family, appliances etc) your cost might be about $63 bucks per month, not including delivery charges and other fees outside of the cost of electric. Over the next couple years Comed is stepping up prices:
- June 2017 = 6.89 cents per kWh
- October 2017 = 7.15 cents per kWh
- June 2018 = 7.54 cents per kWh
If you’re doing the math then you’ll see that an average user might see a $12/month increase or $144/year. And if you’re an above average user of electricity (heated swimming pool, larger home etc.) your pocketbook will get hit even harder.
Because these prices are tied to the base price of electricity, alternative suppliers will also see increases, but if you’re currently a Comed customer it is a good time to begin shopping the alternative suppliers and actively monitor your costs.
States like Texas and Illinois that have deregulated their electric markets are counting on informed consumers to find their own best prices. However, there are a couple of reasons why this doesn’t work.
A little more than a year ago, I was knocking on doors in a Houston neighborhood to survey homeowners about their electric purchasing experiences. One gentleman in particular stands out. He was retired, friendly and very willing to boast about the “best” price his contact had “hooked him up” with. Perhaps too quickly, I asked if he’d share his per kilowatt hour price with me. Hesitantly he let me know that he was paying .14 cents per kilowatt hour. THAT IS ALMOST DOUBLE WHAT HE SHOULD BE PAYING!
Unfortunately where the system breaks down is that consumers are busy and finding the right price is not a straightforward task. Purchasers often just have to rely on trust in what marketers are telling them and sadly those marketers are not always honest.
In the sharing, maker, collaboration economy of today, there are many new small business entrepreneurs. Whether you’re running your business from a home office or have a store-front or other facility, you can join companies like Microsoft that are making major strides to offset their carbon footprint.
As the Puget Sound Business Journal reports, Microsoft is purchasing carbon neutral energy on the open market. This helps reduce their carbon impact on the planet, but also helps to encourage clean energy production and investment. But, did you know you can do the exact same thing?
If you’re a small business owner (or residential consumer of electric) you should consider purchasing electricity sourced from clean production such as wind and solar. In fact, when we analyzed prices we found that the cost premium maxes at about 15% but often times it is cost neutral or even cheaper to buy green electric. The only potential drawback is in selecting the right plan and switching plans at the right time to avoid getting socked with variable rates or up-charges.
That’s where Energy Simply comes in; we’ll do it for you. We analyze your usage, select and switch your energy plans for you. That way you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the best rate – and saving the planet!
It is time you just own up to that fact. You have to pick the plan and you’re not quite sure the Power to Choose website is the best way to do it. Maybe you decided to just pick the one where the really nice guy came to your door and told you it was the best price. Perhaps you picked a plan, but now have just defaulted into whatever variable rate went away after the lower, introductory rate. Maybe you just don’t want to THINK ABOUT IT!
There are solutions out there. There is a growing field of service providers that choose and switch you into different electric plans so you never have to worry about it. There are a couple of things to watch out for however.
- Price. Some of those companies (think: Green Man-Eating Giant) simply charge too much. $120 bucks a year? Those prices would turn me into an ogre too.
- Truly Independent? There is a cottage industry in brokering between consumers and electric providers. Most of those brokers take a kick back from the electric company so they may not have your best interests at heart.
We were founded with the consumer in mind. We knew there were enough fed up consumers in Texas that we could charge a really fair price ($5 bucks a month) and maintain our 100% loyalty to YOU, the consumer. We’re your ally, we’ve got your back. Now stop paying too much for electric!
Today we received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and we’re so proud we want to shout it from the mountain tops. However, since we are not on mountain tops and it is rather late at night, we’ll happily post it to the internet via our blog and social media pages.
According to its website, the “BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust.”
Basically they help you, the consumer, know that you’re dealing with a reputable company that delivers on promises. Why does that matter to us? Honestly, because we save people so much money by monitoring and switching their energy supplier that it is a little unbelievable.
If you want to become a believer, sign up at http://www.EnergySimp.ly.
Energy Simply customers are part of a special market segment. Busy, upscale professionals who are sophisticated in leveraging their consumer powers. That is why we’re dedicating today’s post to the intersection of ES and EVs.
Recently, the Chevy Bolt EV was named Motor Trend’s 2017 car of the year. “Simply put, it’s twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3,” guest judge Chris Theodore said. “A better car, better package, much better handling, with twice the range.”
On the flip side of the news cycle, Tesla recently came under a bit of fire for announcing they’d no longer offer free electric charge-ups to their customers. Depending on how much driving and electric rates, the added costs are estimated between $300 to $1000 per year.
But we’re not just shilling for Chevy or slinging at Tesla. Those who wish to save on their fuel costs by purchasing an EV can save even more if they are in the cheapest electricity plan. Why? Because electric rates vary widely in Texas between lows of 3 cents and highs of 14 cents and if you are charging your vehicle you would not want to pay nearly 5 times more than you have to, right? So, smart and savvy consumer, sign up for http://www.EnergySimp.ly, and take a deep breath knowing that you’ll always have the cheapest electric rate available.
Comed’s electric rates have recently gone down in Illinois prompting the question: what if my cheapest option is the “default” option? In Illinois, if you don’t proactively choose a retail electric provider you auto-default to Comed. This is different from Texas where you must choose a retail electric provider.
For Customers Who Want the Cheapest Electric: There are times when Comed offers a competitive rate, but even when their prices go down, there are typically still a handful of cheaper rates or incentives packages that we can switch our customers into. While the savings might, for a limited time, become smaller they’re still savings. And when prices begin to swing back up – you’ll rest easy knowing that you’re still getting the cheapest.
The Green Answer: Many of our Illinois customers utilize our service to ensure they’re always getting the cheapest 100% renewable electricity. Typically the cost is the same or just slightly more, as outlined in this past blog post. Since we are constantly monitoring and switching our customers into the cheapest rates, our customers often get to take advantage of cash back and gift card incentives from their electric providers as well.
Today marks the first day of October and you have likely made some changes in your home climate control (or soon will be.) If you’re in a warm part of the country like Texas, your electricity needs may be decreasing significantly as the weather cools-off and you can turn-down your air conditioning. If you’re in a cooler part of the country like Illinois, your electricity needs may be increasing as you need to heat your home. For many of Energy Simply’s customers, electricity usage varies by more than 2x between the summer months and the winter months.
If you’re not already signed-up as a customer of Energy Simply, having us keep you in the best electricity plan for YOUR home, now is a great time to consider signing-up. Learn more about how Energy Simply saves you significant money by keeping you in the best electricity plan for your home at: https://www.energysimp.ly/how-it-works.
At Energy Simply we love our customers – and it appears they love us! We’ve been growing at a steady clip because our service is all about conveniently saving money – we take care of choosing the best electric plan and switching energy companies for you so you’ll always be in the cheapest or cheapest renewable plan.
The less obvious part, which we have come to learn, is that the majority of our growth is due to customer referrals! Our customers love us so much they are encouraging their friends and family to sign up with us. We don’t want to be free-riders on that love, so as a way to say THANK YOU we are offering $10 for every signed up customer referred to us. There’s no limit either, we will pay $10, $50 or $500 – we will be happy to encourage people to spread the word about our company.
Even If you don’t live in Illinois or Texas, you can still go to our referral program page to sign up to refer people you know who do live there. Once they’re signed up, we’ll process payment and put it in the mail. And…Thanks!