You’ve done your research–spent endless hours on websites looking for the best deal and posted on social media, asking friends for recommendations. Why does looking for a power company take more effort than finding a date (and it’s a lot less fun)?

 

So, you finally found one you think works for you: no contract, no connect or disconnect fees, low rate, no deposit, and no late fees. On paper you’re a perfect match! You’re all ready to go and hit the “sign me up” button, but at the last minute, you realize it’s prepaid electricity. UGH! You weren’t looking for prepaid. You don’t know if prepaid is right for you. Sure they’re perfect for you and all… But now you’re back to square one on finding Mr./Ms. Light. But, wait…Are you?

 

Think about what prepaid actually does for you: knowing what you’re getting yourself into  before you’re stuck with it. And now you start to realize everything that you prepay for already! You don’t get off of a plane and get a surprise bill. Just imagine. With everything airlines nickel and dime you for these days, they might hand you a bill with a surcharge for not going down in a fiery crash. Well, you did ask for ice and get up to use the bathroom.

 

You prepay for concert tickets, your Starbucks order, your Toll Tag, your groceries, your gas. You pay for hundreds of products and services before you use, eat, enjoy or consume them. You do this almost everyday of your life. The reason you do this is that you know exactly what you are getting for your money.

 

It’s the same with prepaid electricity–even better because you decide how much your bill is going to be. With Pogo Energy there are no deposits, no commitments, and no cancellation fees. So what’s the risk? Anything you don’t use if you cancel gets refunded back you you. What a concept! You only pay for what you use–no hidden fees, no disconnect charges, no joke.

 

Get started for as little as $20 and recharge whenever you want. It’s actually better than when the dreaded electricity bill comes, and it’s never what you expect (and not in a good way). The bill shock is real. You realize that attractive rate that you thought you were getting was just a teaser, and after they’ve heaped on all of the hidden fees and charges, your perfect 10 went to a zero in a hurry. Why risk a blind date with your electricity bill, especially when they’re usually an expensive date too?

 

Making that connection can be electric, figuratively and literally. Wouldn’t it be nice to know someone’s quirks and peccadilloes before spending a substantial amount of time and money before finding out that you aren’t a good match? This is why prepaid electricity is such a great match for so many people, there are no long term contracts, so if you aren’t a match you can just leave. There’s no expensive dinners either, $20 gets your electricity turned on. No awkward probing questions because there are no credit checks, and you never get rejected because everyone is guaranteed to get power turned on.

 

Pogo Energy has more than a great personality. Sure, we’re 100% clean energy, no contract, no connect or disconnect fees, and we’re also prepaid, which is something you wanted all along but didn’t know it. Prepaid electricity means you decide what your bill is going to be and how often you’re going to pay it. Sound good? Ready to break up with your current provider? We thought so.

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Has your electric bill doubled or tripled recently? Chances are you haven’t changed anything, but Mother Nature likely has.

We get it. Nobody likes BS (bill shock) from their electricity company – especially when your bill doubles without warning.

Here are the Top 5 reasons your energy bill may have increased so much.

#1 – It got hot (or cold) outside: up to 50% of your electricity usage is due to the cold or hot weather

Believe it or not, about half your energy bill is due to something completely out of your control: the weather. When the weather jumps to 90 degrees or more here in Texas, your Air Conditioner kicks in and causes your electricity usage to double (or worse!). And if you have an electric heater, the same usage (and bill) spike happens when a “cold snap” hits.

At Pogo Energy, we believe that knowledge is power, and that’s why we provide you daily usage updates. Even when the weather spikes, you won’t be surprised with a huge bill 30 days later. With Pogo, you know each day how much you’re using, and you can take action.

So how do you lower your electric bill then? You have two choices: you can either gain super-hero powers and learn to control the weather, or you can adjust your thermostat. (Option 2 might be more practical.)

By changing your thermostat by as little as two or three degrees, you could lower your bill by 10% or more. While that’s no way to reduce your bill down to what you pay in the Spring or Fall, those couple of degrees on your thermostat can really help. So go ahead and wear your swimsuit around your home or bundle up a little extra in the winter when mother nature decides to go crazy.

#2 – Your using old-school lightbulbs: time to change to LED lights

It may seem crazy to change your lightbulbs before they burn out, but a new LED lightbulb could save you $10 a more per year per lightbulb vs. an old-fashioned bulb. Have you got 20 lights? Then, you might save $200 a year. New LED lightbulbs us as little as 10% of the power of that old-school light bulb.

Renters tip: save that old bulb for when you move out (if it still works). LED lightbulbs can be a bit expensive, so if you want to lower your monthly light bill right away by replacing an expensive, working bulb, then save that old bulb and swap it back in before you move out. You paid for those LED lightbulbs, and they’re expected to last 50X longer(!) than that old, incandescent bulb. So be sure to take your LED bulbs with you when you move. (And be sure to take Pogo with you, too – we’re a lot easier to move to your new place than your sofa.)

#3 – Your water heater is working too hard: lower the temperature on your water heater, and maybe give it a jacket (insulation)

I bet you didn’t even know you could do that, right? Your water heater is responsible for up to 25% of your monthly electricity, so it’s worth taking a closer look at how to make it more efficient. If you have access to your water heater, the easiest thing to do is make sure it’s temperature is set to no more than 120°F.

If you’re looking for a fun DIY project, then check out this exciting video from the US Department of Energy on how to add a jacket to your water heater: Insulating Your Water Heater Tank.

#4 – Your appliances aren’t running at top efficiency: do the small things

Your appliances, like your clothes washer and dryer, and your refrigerator, use about 20% of your monthly electricity budget. While the 1990s were great for that grunge look (where apparently doing your laundry was optional), there are things you can do to lower your energy use and keep your clothes clean and fresh.

  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer full (but don’t overdo it)
  • Clean that lint trap in your clothes dryer before every load
  • Try to wash and dry a full load of clothes when possible
  • Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher
  • Air dry your laundry – put that shower curtain bar to good use
  • Change your AC air filters once a month
  • Clean (gently vacuum) your refrigerator’s condenser coils

#5 – You’re paying for things outside of your control: the dreaded TDU charges

About 40% (or more) of your electric bill is completely out of your control – in fact, these charges are outside of our control, too, sorry! The company that delivers the electricity from the power generators (like the wind farms and solar fields) to your home is called a Transmission and Distribution Utility, or TDU.

Your TDU is responsible for managing all those high-voltage wires running across the great state of Texas, and magically (and safely) changing that electricity to the voltage that works in your home. They’re on call 24x7x365 in case of emergencies or outages (usually due to weather). Learn more here >

So, while nobody likes paying extra for stuff, your TDU serves a vital purpose in delivering your electricity, and they charge you a fee for this. Rest assured that at Pogo Energy, we never mark-up these charges from your TDU – they’re passed directly through to you, no tricks or gimmicks by us.

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We get it: you’re looking for cheap electricity, and you discover a Free Nights electricity plan or a Free Weekends electricity plan, and you think, “Great! I can afford a lot of free.”

Let’s start off by saying that at Pogo, we’re completely transparent with our customers – no tricks, gimmicks or “gotchas!” We’re here to let you know that the Free Nights electricity plans and Free Weekend electricity plans are a trick – Don’t fall for them!

Here’s the catch – Those nights may provide free electricity, but did you know that during those daytime hours, you’re paying more than double to keep your lights on?

That’s not a typo – More. Than. Double.

You could pay as much as 15.6¢ per kWh for your peak, daytime electricity on these plans. A typical energy rate for standard, non-gimmick plan is about 6.5¢ per kWh – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Those Free Nights electricity plans are absolutely crazy (not to mention unfair)! With a plan like that, you could be over-paying for your electricity by $30 every single month (that’s $360 a year!) – Didn’t they say you were getting FREE electricity?

And we haven’t even taken into account their early cancellation fees – Up to $295! Plus they have deposits, credit checks and other month-end BS (Bill Shock!) – Pogo Energy doesn’t!

Pogo Energy customers could save $300 a year or more compared to the other guy’s “Free Nights” plans.* Plus, we provide 100% renewable, clean energy – So you can save money while you save the world! All in a day’s work…

Check to see if we provide 100% renewable energy for your home, with no deposit and no tricks. Then have a great rest of your day because it only takes you 2 minutes to enroll, with no strings attached. Really, it’s that easy!