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Old Aug 18, 11, 11:52 am   #1
 
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15,000 points for switching to Energy Plus

Possibly targeted; available to those in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

http://www.energypluscompany.com/sou...pc=125&pac=SWA
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Old Aug 18, 11, 4:57 pm   #2
 
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Possibly targeted; available to those in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

http://www.energypluscompany.com/sou...pc=125&pac=SWA
Yep, got a flyer in the mail.
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Old Aug 21, 11, 1:28 pm   #3
 
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Yeah, I got it, too, and signed up. From what I've read online, they're basically a scam, you get lower rates for about 3 months, then they slowly start raising the rates each month (hoping you don't notice and enjoy earning rewards points).

There's no contract involved, so it seems safe to sign up and then cancel a few months later if they start playing the rate game. (Compare your bill with a neighbor or friend to see what the "normal" rates are from the regular electric company each month,)
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Old Aug 21, 11, 2:10 pm   #4
 
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Yeah, I got it, too, and signed up. From what I've read online, they're basically a scam, you get lower rates for about 3 months, then they slowly start raising the rates each month (hoping you don't notice and enjoy earning rewards points).

There's no contract involved, so it seems safe to sign up and then cancel a few months later if they start playing the rate game. (Compare your bill with a neighbor or friend to see what the "normal" rates are from the regular electric company each month,)
Thanks for that info. I may try it out as I see you get the reward points if you stay with them 2 months.

**Update - got a letter from Nicor electric stating they guarantee 6.79 per kWh through May 2013. Will be interesting to compare that to what Energy Plaus comes up with.

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Old Aug 21, 11, 2:36 pm   #5
 
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Yeah. I figure that even if the rates aren't competitive during those 2 months, I still make out on the deal by getting 15k points.
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Old Aug 25, 11, 11:13 am   #6
 
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Churning?

Here http://ctenergysavings.com/epp/?gcli...FdZ25QodtVn1PA is a good site to compare rates in CT. I switched to EnergyPlus and they raised the rate over time. I ended up paying over 50% too much and switched after learning about it.
I don't think there is any penalty to change, so the wise thing to do is take the miles and run.
Electric supplier churning! What's next?
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Old Aug 25, 11, 1:11 pm   #7
 
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If I was certain these points were CPQP, I'd be all over this, but they probably are deemed a 'bonus' and therefore ineligible.

Perhaps one of our company reps would be able to determine whether the sign-up points and/or the monthly points count towards the Companion Pass?
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Old Aug 31, 11, 9:28 pm   #8
 
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EnergyPlus - 12500 miles + miles for the supply portion

I got the offer today through US Airways. I plan to sign up for this and avail the 12500 miles for magazines and newspaper.
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Old Sep 25, 11, 5:24 pm   #9
 
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Possibly targeted; available to those in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

http://www.energypluscompany.com/sou...pc=125&pac=SWA
Has anyone use Energy Plus in Maryland? I recently signed up thinking the worst that could happen would be a slight increase over what I'm paying now but I've seen some stories of ridiculous rates. Most of those seem to be in CT or NY. Anyone have experience with them in Maryland? I haven't received a bill yet.
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Old Sep 26, 11, 6:36 pm   #10
 
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The stories at PissedConsumer.com provide a counterpoint that lessens my interest in this
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Old Sep 26, 11, 9:28 pm   #11
 
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First, I have no specific experience with energy plus (and I am not suggesting its a bad deal).

But these companies work based on spot prices + a fee. So if you are currently paying (and I am pulling round numbers out of my rear for an example):

From current state regulated energy monopoly: 5.00 per unit of gas

Energy plus might charge the spot price of 3.20 + 1.50 per unit.

Sure its a great deal (5 bucks is less then 4.70) as long as the spot price is low, but if there is a pipe that breaks in MSY/IAH/AUS/DFW, the price might shoot up to 12.00 +1.50 per unit.

Usually the state regulated monopoly needs to have an approval for a price increase. The wholesaler (energy plus, in this case) does not require the same approval.

Furthermore in many states the energy monopoly answers to a commission (who can work as an ombudsman if there are any issues/complaints). Wholesalers are sometimes not subject to the same scrutiny.

The State of MI has a neat little fact sheet that explains how energy resellers work:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mp...e_188250_7.pdf
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/na..._7_94379_7.pdf

Again, I am NOT suggesting this is a bad deal, but compare this to how many of the airlines (including WN) deal with fuel. Sometimes they look like they are a genius, other times they look like a morons, it just depends on the current market.

IME, You will notice that their marketing gets heavier during the times the prices are historically low.
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Old Oct 2, 11, 2:58 pm   #12
 
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14 cents kwh

Is what I was paying for electricity in CT with Energy Plus. I signed up a couple of years ago for a CO promo. They edged up price slowly and I didn't even realize I was paying so much. Needless, to say, I changed suppliers and now am paying $.08--a huge savings.
An expensive lesson, don't do it.
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Old Oct 2, 11, 8:33 pm   #13
 
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Is what I was paying for electricity in CT with Energy Plus. I signed up a couple of years ago for a CO promo. They edged up price slowly and I didn't even realize I was paying so much. Needless, to say, I changed suppliers and now am paying $.08--a huge savings.
An expensive lesson, don't do it.
from what I've read Energyplus takes the 'boiling frog' approach (raising rates slowly over time, which causes less customers to noice).

This may be a good time of year to initiate a switch, get the points, and switch back in my case to Penelec/GPU energy. AC usage is done for the year, and heavy furnace usage (gas heat but electric blower motor) doesn't get heavily used until mid winter.

I think the most I'll use is 2000 kw hours in a 4 month period with Energyplus.
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Old Oct 2, 11, 9:52 pm   #14
 
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Yeah... you only have to stay with them for 2 months. My plan is to switch back after I've met their requirements and the points have posted. There's no fee for switching.
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Old Oct 4, 11, 12:03 pm   #15
 
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Yeah... you only have to stay with them for 2 months. My plan is to switch back after I've met their requirements and the points have posted. There's no fee for switching.
Yes, just be aware it takes a couple of months to switch. In other words, start the process as soon as you can, or your price increase will continue.
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