The Power Lab

Welcome to The Power Lab, a brew of electricity information.
We put you in-the-know, from better understanding energy, to money saving tips.

  • Uncategorized

    The Best Energy-Efficient Products for Your Home

    Becoming more energy-efficient at home is not just about cutting back on energy use, though that’s an essential element. Energy efficiency is also about maximizing how you use energy within different spaces. It should be your top concern, whether you’re looking to purchase a new home or searching for ways to revamp your existing abode. […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Common misconceptions regarding shopping for electricity

    When shopping for electricity plans in Texas, you’ll quickly find that you have numerous options. There are several retail electricity providers (REPs), many of which offer multiple plan types. Some of the most common types of plans include fixed-rate, variable-rate, and prepaid plans. Every plan has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, fixed-rate plans allow […]

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  • Efficiency

    What are solar shingles?

    Interest in green energy sources is steadily growing across the country. Solar energy is a sustainable source with immense sustainable potential when adequately harnessed. If you live in a place receiving consistent sunshine exposure like Texas, you may consider setting up residential solar power systems. So, what are solar shingles? Roof solar panels are one […]

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    Don’t Let Your Electricity Plan Expire

    In Texas, many of us can choose our electricity provider. But the danger comes when we let our electricity plan expire. We’ve all been there when we get that shocking bill. The most common plans we can sign up for are contracts that last 3, 6, 12, 24, or 36 months. But did you know […]

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    A Look into Energy Trends in 2022

    When it comes to renewable energy initiatives, 2022 is on track to be a big year. The current alignment of public sentiment, political pressure, and corporate responsibility has created an atmosphere that makes it easier to build a renewable future than was ever possible before. While fighting climate change remains a top priority for countries […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    11 Tips to Consider During an Extended Power Outage 

    We rely on electricity every day in every part of our lives. But we don’t notice that we’re connected at every moment until it’s gone. We never know when a power outage is going to happen, and because living without electricity makes our daily routines vastly different, it’s crucial to be prepared. Usually, extended power […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    Why are carbon offsets important?

    Have you noticed how bad the pollen has been this year? If you have bad allergies, you definitely know, and suffered the consequences. As science has shown, the earth is heating up. The temperature changes are so drastic that it’s quickly worsening our climate, including habitats and environmental changes, like increased pollen. Scientists have attributed […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Texas Electricity Deregulation and What It Means for You

    Currently, Texas has the largest deregulated electricity market in the United States. This status dates back to a decision in 1999 to deregulate electricity and allow Texans to choose their electric providers. Texas electricity deregulation can lead to lower electric rates for consumers because it forces electric companies to remain competitive. However, the competitive environment […]

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    Solar Energy

    Sustainable vs. eco-friendly homes: What to expect

    Environmentalists often interchange the phrases ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ when discussing improving the environment. Despite both focusing on environmental awareness and social responsibility, these terms have different meanings. So, what can you do to create a sustainable vs eco-friendly home? An in-depth take on both phrases will help you realize the distinct dissimilarities between eco-friendly vs. […]

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  • Solar Energy

    How You Can Benefit From Community Solar?

    Interest in solar energy has increased in the last couple of years, particularly in Texas, where sunshine is ample in many locations. However, not every home is a good candidate for solar panels. Some houses are simply in cloudy areas that prevent a high energy return. Others face north instead of the south or have […]

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    Wind Energy in Texas: Is It Worth It?

    As America seeks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, clean energy alternatives like wind are taking center stage. Countries are rapidly adapting their energy production to lead people towards a cleaner and greener future. Some of them have already been relying on wind energy for a significant portion of their energy needs. The percentage of […]

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  • Solar Energy

    4 Things To Look for in Portable Solar Panels

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy,” said Thomas Edison in 1931, long before Bell Labs invented the first functional silicon solar cell in 1954. We’ve come a long way from those early days of solar energy when solar cells were mainly used to power satellites. Today, you can buy portable solar […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    Are carbon offsets and carbon credits different?

    .You’ve probably heard the phrase “carbon footprint,” but it has nothing to do with your actual footprint. It’s a term used to understand how much carbon you as an individual release into the atmosphere. The average person creates about 2.3 pounds of carbon dioxide a day just by going about their normal activities. Carbon dioxide […]

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  • Solar Energy

    Your guide to residential solar energy

    There are many ways to reduce your monthly electricity bills. Steps like swapping out your light bulbs, unplugging electronics to avoid phantom energy drain, adjusting your thermostat settings, and making sure your large appliances are in good working condition can help reduce the amount of power your home uses. When you use less energy, you […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    What is self-sustainable energy?

    Self-sustainable energy lets energy users like yourself decrease their reliance on fossil fuels. You can use natural and sustainable resources to power your home and anything you charge. Self-sustainable energy allows you to positively impact the environment while also saving money on bills. With modern technology, you can choose how you power your home to […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Why is a smart meter important for your home?

    Energy meters—also called electricity meters—track a home’s power consumption. Electricity companies rely on readings from these meters to calculate each customer’s monthly electricity bills. So, why do smart meters matter? With traditional meters, power company employees either have to walk up to each home to record the number or use an electronic device that reads […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    How to find affordable green energy

    Many countries, including the United States, rely on fossil fuels like petroleum, natural gas, coal, and hydrocarbon gas liquids as sources of energy. However, these non-renewable energy sources are limited in supply and contribute significantly to environmental pollution. Switching to green energy sources and sustainable practices offers the perfect solution to meet the world’s ever-growing […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    How to calculate your carbon footprint

    Everything we do as humans has an impact on the environment. Your individual impact is known as your personal carbon footprint. This term refers to the amount of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases you send into the atmosphere, either directly or indirectly. In other words, every time you do something that requires the use of […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Shop Texas Electricity

    Energy Saving Programs and How They Work

    Energy efficiency refers to optimizing your home energy consumption by using methods that consume less energy to attain a similar useful output. The U.S. has seen a growing trend in energy-efficient use due to increased environmental concerns caused by carbon emissions and growing energy demands. Subsequently, there are limitless opportunities in power consumption levels where […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    How do carbon offsets slow climate change?

    In the last few years, we’ve seen climate change effects: Hurricane Harvey, and the heat wave in Oregon, and it will only get worse if we don’t slow climate change. The earth is heating up, and because of that, negative weather changes are starting to appear. We’ve already seen this happen with worsening summer and […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    How can I become carbon negative in my home?

    Human activities emit vast amounts of carbon every single day, and that carbon gets trapped in the atmosphere like a “blanket” that covers the earth. That traps heat from the sun within our environment, which causes global warming. Global warming is an issue because it changes the surface of our earth in the worst ways. […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Free nights and weekends electricity plans: Are they worth it?

    When shopping for a Texas electricity plan, you’ll find you have several options. Some of the most common include fixed-rate plans, variable-rate plans, and prepaid or “pay as you go” plans. You may also discover energy providers advertising plans with free electricity on nights and weekends. While having options is a significant benefit — it […]

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  • Solar Energy

    5 tips to increase your solar panel efficiency

    Installing solar panels on your roof is one of the most effective ways to reduce your electricity bills. It makes sense: You’re generating most, if not all, of your own power. You can also sell the excess electricity you produce back to the grid, earning bill credits from your electric company. As an added benefit, […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    What impacts your air conditioner’s energy efficiency?

    You rely on your air conditioner to keep your Texas home cool and comfortable, especially during the hot summer months. However, it’s one of the most expensive appliances to run. That doesn’t mean that it should be cost-prohibitive. Here are things to consider that impact your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Several factors contribute to how […]

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  • Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    Energy-efficient appliances to have in your home

    When it comes to CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Your first thought might be cars or planes. Transportation does account for a large portion of most people’s carbon footprint. However, so too does home electricity usage. You likely have numerous appliances and electronic devices that consume electricity. All […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Texas clean energy savings available

    Texas clean energy doesn’t have to cost you more. In fact, you can save money and make a meaningful impact on the environment at the same time. These choices matter and can make a significant difference in the environment and your finances. Texas clean energy savings are obtainable. Energy efficiency projects can affect electricity markets […]

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  • Solar Energy

    What to Consider When Shopping for Solar Panels

    As solar technology advances, it gets more affordable — especially with current government incentives bringing the cost down.  Power Wizard can help you shop for solar and enhance your savings by finding you an electricity plan that best suits your needs and doesn’t include any hidden fees. But, since solar technology is new, choosing your […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    What You Should Know About Fixed Rate Electricity Plans

    Choosing an energy provider in Texas can be a bit of a confusing process. Not only do you have numerous retail energy providers (REPs) to choose from, but each company can also offer different types of plans. There is no one-size-fits-all energy plan. What works for your neighbor down the street might not be the […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    Can carbon offsets help fight climate change?

    With the ice caps melting and natural storms becoming more dangerous and prevalent, we all know that climate change is getting worse. The leading cause of climate change increase is the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide can be good for the Earth because its natural function is to regulate the Earth’s […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    5 Reasons to Buy a Carbon Offset

    Are you looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint? Since you’re here, you’re probably worried about the environment and the effects of global warming. The good news is that you can reduce or offset your carbon footprint by buying carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are a short-term solution to reduce emissions without changing how […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    How to purchase carbon offsets

    If you read the news, you’re probably aware of the climate crisis. How rising greenhouse emissions are rapidly increasing the planet’s temperature and how we must act now to prevent catastrophe. The good news is that individual action can make a world of difference. Purchasing carbon offsets can help reduce emissions. It can be a […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    Is a prepaid electricity plan a good option for you?

    One of the most significant benefits of Texas’ deregulated electricity market is that you have the freedom to choose your retail electricity provider (REP) and your electricity plan. Electricity providers typically offer several plan options, including fixed-rate, variable-rate, indexed-rate, flat-rate, and time-of-use plans. There’s also another unique option known as a prepaid electricity plan. Choosing […]

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  • Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    How to Track Your Appliance Energy Usage

    Tracking your appliance energy usage is key to reducing your overall energy usage. If you find that your bills are drastically higher than your estimated costs, It could be that your energy provider is tacking on far more fees than you realized, meaning it’s probably time to shop for a new provider. Enter Power Wizard. […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Shop Texas Electricity

    Going Green Can Save You Money

    Let’s go green! But wait, isn’t that expensive? A Tesla costs the same as a mortgage payment. We know. That’s why we’ll give you stuff you can do. “Going Green” means living a lifestyle that reduces your environmental impact. And maybe you’ve had the thought to go green, but it’s widely got a bad rap […]

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    Mistakes to avoid when choosing a new electric provider

    There are many reasons why you may want to revise your electricity plan and choose a new electric provider. You may have realized your electric provider has been charging more than market average, or you want to take advantage of competitive suppliers in your area to get the best energy prices. When it’s time to […]

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  • Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    How to track energy usage in your home

    With more and more of our devices networked online, there are many ways that homes draw electricity that weren’t common 10 or 20 years ago. If you thought that your electricity bills were high a few years back, you’re likely seeing them continue to grow — and you might want to push back against that […]

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  • Carbon Offset

    Types of Carbon Offsets and Their Benefits

    Climate-related legislations and policy changes are increasing around the world. As you think of greener and cleaner ways to live and avoid litigation, you may want to consider carbon offsets. But what are carbon offsets in the first place? These refer to eco-friendly or technological projects you can invest in to balance out your carbon […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    Tips and Tricks to Lower Your Electricity Bills

    Have you ever been so stressed about your electricity bill that you don’t dare touch the thermostat? In summer we turn on a fan and in winter we put on a sweater. What if we told you there’s a way to make your house comfortable while paying less for your electricity bill? There are hundreds […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Shop Texas Electricity

    The 5 best energy usage monitors

    Does this sound familiar? You open your electricity bill only to find yourself shocked by the amount due. You didn’t think you were using as much power as your statement reflects, yet, here you are. Now you’re looking for ways to lower your electricity usage and the price you pay for it. However, maybe you […]

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  • Solar Energy

    Solar Energy: Definition, Options, and Costs

    Are you considering solar energy for your home? Power Wizard can help you figure out how to proceed. Power Wizard believes in helping with the latest knowledge, tools, and solar energy solutions. We want you will to be able to undertake this challenging step toward sustainable energy. We want you to take this step with […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    Motion Sensor Light Switches and Energy Efficiency

    When it comes to improving your energy efficiency and reducing your electricity bills, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most, it’s often the age-old tip: “turn off the lights when you leave the room.” Indeed, routinely forgetting to shut lights off — or living with others who tend to forget — can […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    When is the best time to shop for electricity in Texas?

    You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your electricity provider. As long as the lights stay on and your monthly bill isn’t too high, electricity may feel like a fact of life rather than something you can comparison shop for. That can leave you confused about what to do if your electricity bill starts […]

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  • Efficiency
    Shop Texas Electricity

    How to Set Your Thermostat in the Summer

    Summer fun has arrived, but it’s not just cookouts and pool parties. As the temperature creeps up, so does the need for relief on the hottest days. This is instantly available within your air-conditioned home, but that comfort comes at a cost: higher electric bills. The more you run your air conditioner and the lower […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency

    A Breakdown of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

    Too often, people only think about electricity in terms of how much they’re paying each month. While the impacts on your budget are important, energy efficiency also matters when it comes to saving our planet. What may seem like a small gesture, like changing incandescent bulbs in your home for energy efficient light bulbs, can […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency

    The Top 5 Best Smart Thermostats That Help You Save Energy

    A smart thermostat is a vital smart home product, managing your home’s temperature to help you optimize your energy consumption. Installing one can take all the thought out of managing your home’s heat and cut your energy costs. You can improve these savings further by becoming a Power Wizard member to find the electricity plan […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency

    4 Signs You’re Wasting Energy in Your Home

    Most of us don’t pay much attention to the energy used in the household. Yet, higher bills are almost always a sign of wasting energy at home. With so many people staying at home in the last couple of years of the pandemic, things became even more burdensome. The increased use of computers, TVs, and […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    How to Switch Electric Providers in Texas: What You Should Know

    Everybody needs electricity. This is especially true in Texas, where a power outage can lead to sweltering heat in summer and brutal cold in winter. But if you’re not paying attention, your electricity provider could be taking advantage of you and your family with gimmicky plans and hidden fees. Since no two families use power […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Shop Texas Electricity

    When Should I Switch Texas Electric Companies?

    Because Breaking Up is Hard to Do You’ve been with your energy company for a while. In fact, you two have enjoyed a lovely few years together. You’ve paid the bills, and they’ve provided the electricity. It’s been a mutually beneficial relationship – complete with some rewards for paying on time – but it also […]

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  • Efficiency

    Appliances That Cause an Electric Bill Spike

    Some bills are predictable — your mortgage or rent, car payment, mobile phone, subscription services. Every month, you pay the same amount. Others, like your electric bill, can be a stressful mystery. It’s already one of the most expensive utility bills for most US residents. When there’s an unexpected spike in your electric bill, it […]

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  • Efficiency

    The Most Efficient Ways to Reduce Your Energy Usage

    Modern living requires a constant supply of energy for round-the-clock use in homes. Nationwide, U.S. energy demands are projected to rise by  7% in the next 20 years, accompanied by an increase in the cost of electricity. About  70% of the electricity used in the U.S. comes from burning fossil fuels in power plants, contributing […]

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  • Shop Texas Electricity

    How to Shop for Electricity in Texas

    Do you want to shop for electricity in Texas? Does the process leave you feeling confused? You’re not alone. Due to deregulation in Texas, many citizens of the Lone Star State can choose their retail electricity provider (REP) themselves. But there are so many energy providers to choose from, not to mention fees and contracts […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Efficiency

    9 Top Tips for a Lower Summer Energy Bill

    We all know that summer in Texas is hot. And when it is hot, we have the air conditioning going. We have the ceiling fans going. And we use a lot of electricity. Residential electricity consumption can jump from 25% on a moderate day to 50% on a hot summer day, according to ERCOT.  Since […]

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  • Cost Savings

    6 Ways to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill with Everyone at Home

    Most of us are working from home, and it’s unknown when the kids will return to school, if even this school year. How do you save money on electricity when everyone is at home? Have you thought about what the Covid-19 pandemic is doing to your electricity bill? The mandate of social distancing means our […]

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  • Efficiency

    What is a Smart Home and Should I Build One?

    You Must Understand the Technology to Make the Right Choices for Your Home Smart homes are nothing new. Just think of The Jetsons, Star Trek, and any number of Isaac Asimov novels. For more than a century, science fiction has extolled the virtues of using technology like artificial intelligence to accomplish a wide range of […]

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  • Cost Savings
    Shop Texas Electricity

    What’s the Difference Between Fixed-Rate and Wholesale Electricity?

    The Answer Could Save You Lots of Money on Your Home Electricity Bill If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Summer 2019 in Texas has been hot. You’ve probably been cool under that rock! But you’ve also missed the most significant debate in Texas energy circles: locking in a fixed-rate […]

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    Laws & Policy

    When Griddy Wholesale Electricity Prices Spiked – What We Learned

    This past week proved a couple of facts everyone should know about Texas electricity prices. First: Summers in Texas are hot. Actually, they get REALLY HOT. Second: Texas wholesale electricity prices can go SKY HIGH when Texas weather gets hot. What Happened This Week Suppose you are a Griddy customer on a real-time wholesale Texas […]

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  • Cost Savings

    How Can I Use Technology to Save on My Electricity Bill?

    5 Modern Devices That Can Help Lower Your Energy Usage If you’re like most electricity consumers, you want one thing from your energy company – a lower electricity bill. There are typically two ways you can achieve this: Securing a low kilowatt-hour rate for the electricity you use Using less electricity around the home, thus […]

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    Efficiency

    5 Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

    Using Less Energy Helps Lower Your Home Energy Bills No matter the size of your home, everyone wants to pay less on their electricity bills. Even with a low fixed rate for a long contract, you could have a large bill if you ignore your home energy usage. By introducing a few helpful energy efficiency […]

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  • Laws & Policy

    What Your Texas Energy Company Isn’t Telling You

    5 Important Issues You Must Understand About Electricity Shopping We all know the feeling. You see a great price for something you need, so you buy it. But when you use it, you feel like you’ve been duped by a promotion because you didn’t read the fine print like most of us. Luckily, you only […]

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  • Cost Savings

    5 Top Tips for Picking Your Energy Company

    Learn How to Take the Best Possible Advantage of Your Electricity Choice We’ve already explained the best method for shopping for electricity in Texas. Also, we’ve delivered critical advice to help you understand which Texas electricity plan is right for you. Now, it’s time to discuss the third pillar in becoming a truly educated Texas […]

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    Laws & Policy

    How Do Energy Companies Calculate Their Rates

    Learn how Texas Retail Electricity Providers Determine the Price of Their Plans Everyone who’s ever purchased a Texas electricity plan has asked a couple of questions during the search process. Which of these plans is right for me? How do these energy companies calculate these rates? The first question is precisely why Power Wizard exists. […]

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  • Cost Savings

    How Do I Shop for Electricity in Texas?

    Take Charge of Your Energy Choice Shopping for electricity in Texas can be a challenge. Even if you’ve lived in the Lone Star State for your entire life. It seems like a new retail electricity provider (REP) pops up every other month or so. And if billboards, commercials, and online advertising are any indication, the […]

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  • Cost Savings

    Know the End Date of Your Electricity Plan

    The Importance of Keeping Up with the Details Everyone has a list of critical personal information that we’ve committed to memory. Important items like phone numbers, social security number, and the kid’s birthdays. We remember them because they are so important to your daily life, but what about your electricity plan end date? Yes, you […]

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  • Efficiency

    How Can I Tell Which Electricity Plan is Right for Me?

    What Your Neighbor Doesn’t Know About Your Electricity Profile Can Cost You We’ve all done it before, though it probably had nothing to do with an electricity plan. It’s one of those “You’ve become an adult!” moments you see captured in cheesy comedies, and it comes when you least expect it. Let’s set the stage: […]

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  • News

    The Magic of Artificial Intelligence

    Better Decisions Backed By Data “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —Arthur C. Clarke When you think of artificial intelligence, what do you imagine? It might bring to mind images of friendly robot sidekicks like R2-D2 or killer androids like the Terminator. But you likely use artificial intelligence, or AI, every day without […]

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