The Meter Is Turning!

Most people do well with savings for everyday items like groceries, clothing, and home improvement items.

However, many savvy consumers fall short on finances that they don’t even think about on a typical day.  Services like electricity are in operation around the clock. A better rate on energy will save you money while you are away at work or out-of-town.

We have reached a mindset of ignoring electricity because historically, we had no choice but to live with it.  We moved into a home, called the utility provider, and the lights came on and the bills started coming.

But the electrical market is much different from what it once was, particularly in areas that were once so sparsely populated as to have no providers at all.  Population growth has spurred an expansion of the industry.

Many countries have regulated electricity in order to gauge energy use. Canadian electricity regulation varies by province.  Understanding the status of electricity regulation in will give you a greater understanding of how much benefit consumers gain from this arrangement, an arrangement that is not universal.

In the US, electricity is not yet deregulated nationwide, but the process is underway.  For now, Texans looking to save energy can go on and shop for the best rates. There are other electricity providers around the country who have the best prices in their area – it’s up to consumers to find them.

Here are a few tips for getting the best prices on electricity:


Whatever rate you are paying per kilowatt-hour, minimizing your use of electricity will save you money.  It’s a great investment to make your home more energy-efficient by replacing drafty windows, caulking doorways, and installing low-energy light bulbs.

Think Green

Money may not be the only thing you have in mind as you choose an electrical provider. If it’s important to you that we create electricity as cleanly as possible, you may choose a provider that finds green energy important as well.

Do Your Homework

Rates aren’t always the whole story.  Your electric bill can be a fairly complex document.  Reading up on your potential providers ahead of time will give you insight as to what your true bill will typically be, as opposed to just grabbing the cheapest kWh rate and enrolling.

Consider the financial status of your options.  If a provider is struggling financially right now, the lower rates they tout today may be raised tomorrow.  Conversely, a utility that is flush with cash may be neglecting expenditures like plant upkeep or line management that could come due later on.

Also, make sure to identify all the providers available to you.  Some that are less visible may have the best prices.

You have clocks, lights, and climate control in operation at home all the time.  The meter is turning, so get the facts and get a deal.

6 Responses to “The Meter Is Turning!”

  1. Christine 17 May 2013 at 4:46 am Permalink

    The indicator on my small irrigation water meter keeps turning. I do not use whatever wet spots to point a leak within my lawn. Performs this usually imply that a computerized turn off might be seeping by and it may be leaking from a couple of sprinkler heads?

  2. Sana 3 June 2013 at 10:34 pm Permalink

    The meter is incorporated in the basement, the owner locks it. 3 visits for that gas company which i have attempted to setup have unsuccessful because landlord does not care. Meanwhile, gas company charging ME for gas in the appartment (400$!!) despite the fact that I haven’t resided there for 3 several weeks now, and won’t shut them back when they cant connect to the meter. This really is turning out to be a nightmare, HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Noe 28 June 2013 at 11:31 pm Permalink

    What’s the best way once they did something really bad for you. (And doesn’t involve violence). My ideas are putting cement within their water meter after switching off water towards the house. Letting lower their cars tyres. Tossing out their mail. Putting ‘stuff’ to their moisturizer. lol. Any ideas??

    (Does not necessarily mean im really likely to check it out!)

  4. Geoffrey 2 July 2013 at 10:15 pm Permalink

    supply does not help. Meter is digital and may avoid seeing if it’s working simply by searching at meter. Before meter was transformed to digital, I saw old meter turning or otherwise and may tell. Hate to drag pump. Pump is just three several weeks old. Energy to manage box is content but cannot know if pump is running.

  5. Trinidad 5 July 2013 at 2:30 pm Permalink

    I have to change a circuit breaker on my small primary panel near the meter. Among the meter and also the circuit breakers are a couple of boxes each with two 100 amplifier fuses. I removed both sections (all fuses) and also the wires towards the circuit breaker continue to be hot(based on my no contact current detector.) I can not find other things to turn off. What shall we be held missing in attempting to turn off energy visiting the primary circuit main panel.

  6. Pierre 7 July 2013 at 6:53 am Permalink

    Two males, beginning in the same point, walk in opposite directions for 4 meters, turn left and walk another 3 meters. What’s the distance together?

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