This is a guest blog post from Real Simple Energy.
Hey BFS readers, I’m excited to have the opportunity to post here! Thank you Crystal!
The easiest way to save $500/year or more!
If you are a BFS follower in Texas, I want to tell you about the easiest way to save $500 or more every year by using Real Simple Energy to find your next electricity plan. This is the new way to search for electricity plans — we match your unique usage profile with every publicly available plan in your area to find the cheapest plan for you. It’s super easy! Just answer a few quick questions about your home and search results are instant. All of the hard work and number crunching happens behind the scenes
Real Simple Energy exists for one reason: to save you a ton of money. Best of all, the site is completely FREE. We have the largest, most comprehensive plan electricity plan database in Texas, make no commissions, and are 100% independent and unbiased. We can offer free search because many of our users become Hassle-Free customers. Our Hassle-Free customers never have to think about choosing an electricity plan again. For $9/month, we manage your plan, switch you as needed, and constantly make sure you have the cheapest electricity bill possible.
I started this company a few years ago when I was an electricity trader for a large investment bank and even I was having trouble finding a cheap electricity plan. So I started looking into this problem and down the rabbit hole I went…
Two problems Real Simple Energy solves
Plans are complicated
Have you ever searched for an electricity plan in Texas? Fees, credits, multiple tiered rates, gotcha clauses, etc. Each plan is structured completely differently so it makes an apples-to-apples comparisons nearly impossible. Here is just one example of how crazy these plans are.
The industry displays rates at moments in time, rather than as an average rate for your unique usage profile. This is just pointless. It’s a great deal if your usage just happens to stop on 1,000 kwhs that month, but it probably won’t. It’s like playing roulette and putting all your chips on 1,000 kwhs. The better way to search is determine what your average rate will be over the life of the plan. But this is hard and involves a lot of number crunching. By using advanced data analytics and by developing our own algorithm, Real Simple Energy offers its own search engine and solution to the problem.
Rates skyrocket after plan expires
Ok, so you found a plan you thought was cheap and then it expires. Bam! You’re hit with a huge bill. You are not alone. This happens to everyone and it is the business model of retail electricity. Lots of businesses have promotional pricing but in electricity things are really ridiculous. The only way to beat this is to constantly switch your provider. This means scheduling reminders, searching for a new plan, wondering if it’s the right plan because all of the plans are tricky and confusing, and signing up again with another provider. It’s a huge hassle!!!
We do all of this work for you
Real Simple Energy exists to help people get a fair deal. Most consumers in deregulated electricity markets are being taken advantage of and we are in a unique position to apply industry knowledge and offer a solution to this complexity.
If you need a new plan now — head over to the site and find the best plan for you.
Stuck in a contract now — head to the site to search for a plan and enter your expiration date. We’ll keep track of when your plan expires and send you a reminder when it’s time to sign up for a new plan.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope we can save you a ton of money and here’s to never thinking about this stuff again!
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!