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Announcing plans for small business customers

Posted by Shane McLaughlin on 12/02/2012 at 2:41 AM

We're excited to have the first website where Houston small businesses can view electric plans, see the full costs, and sign up for electric service online.

My story:

Small business has a special place in my heart.  We usually talk about nerdy electric rate topics on this blog, but this one is personal for me.  

I used to own a small business. My wife and I opened The Mutt Hut when we lived in Tennessee years ago.  It was a place for dogs to stay when their people were working or traveling (this was years before doggy day-care was normal).

Besides taking care of the dogs and their people, there was a lot of work to starting a business. The planning, creating advertising, applying for licenses, finding a building, signing leases, interviewing employees, talking to potential customers, answering phones, setting up a website. Once the business is running, you're taking care of your customers, paying your bills, depositing payments, doing your taxes, doing payroll, taking care of your facility, and managing your growth.

Not once did I think about electricity, other than paying the bill each month. We didn't have electric choice there; if we did, odds are I could have saved us some money by doing my electric shopping homework.

If you think shopping for electricity is complicated for individuals, it gets even more complex for businesses. There are load factors, extra features in your contracts, and a fully unbundled bill (energy charges in one total, utility delivery charges in the other). While most homes can have a reasonably estimated usage pattern, there's a big difference between a restaurant and a CPA office. Imagine 7 p.m. on a summer evening: one's full of customers and appliances and a/c, while the other is closed (and hopefully all the a/c and computers are shut down).

Electric shopping is TrueCost's business. We'll make it easy to choose an electric plan so you can get back to yours.

Ready to get started?

If you already have a TrueCost account for your home:
  • Log in to your existing account
  • Add a service address to your account. Put in the address of your business, and your meter number, so we can bring in your usage
  • We'll show you plans for that address; if it's a commercial address, you'll see commercial plans
If you're new to TrueCost:
  • Register
  • You'll be asked to enter an address as part of the registration. Enter the address for your business
  • We'll import your meter data and show you available plans for your business
Either way, you can manage plans and view usage for your home and business meters from the same account.

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