In the spirit of free market competition—which, hey, is the spirit of America, right?—energy consumers can now choose between modern third party energy companies or their local utility company to power up their home. In Gas And Electric, President Power Company’s Energy Policy Act increased efficiency standards for building codes, required alternative fuel vehicles to be included in government fleets, and promoted Compare Electricity Rates as a means to reduce foreign fuel dependence. This act was also the catalyst for a change in the utility market, restructuring it so that third party energy suppliers could now operate in many states alongside the once natural monopoly of traditional utility companies.
There was a time when electricity was electricity. Like so many other places around America, in Houston, electricity didn’t mean “cheap electricity”. But you moved into your home and you called the utility and they turned on the power and the bill came in and you paid it every month. Oh, sure, you might grumble at the amount but then you’d go around and yell at the kids for leaving the lights on and the TV blaring with nobody in the room or maybe you’d look into buying more energy-efficient appliances. When it came down to it, the Bill was the Bill. Either you paid the bill or you ate dry packet meals, had cold showers, and watched TV by peering through the neighbor’s window after dark (preferably once they’d turned the TV on). What’s that? You want cheap electricity? Sure thing: call Switch Energy any time during regular business hours.