Commercial energy rates are the least of your concerns when starting a new business, but they definitely are a real concern and one that can quickly deduct money from your bottom line if you’re not careful. I started a coffee shop with a buddy, since both of us had talked about it for years before finally doing it, and I took charge in deciding how to work out deals with the various utilities we would need to keep the lights on and the water running. You can’t have hot coffee without those two things, can you?
It took about an hour before I realized I was in over my head. I thought you simply looked up the power company online and got it hooked up. What I wasn’t prepared for was all the associated fees. You had everything from someone coming out to look around to hooking up the actual juice. I called my father to whine about the problems and he mentioned something about energy deregulation and the fact that I ought to be able to choose from a number of suppliers. That was news to me until I found a site online that explained all of it in easy to understand terms.
Sure enough, you can save a lot of money if you pick and choose your energy supplier carefully. I couldn’t believe how many options there were, either. It’s not an unlimited number, of course, but it’s enough to make a big difference in your service and your bill. I was able to find a supplier who waived many of the fees and got us going faster than the other company could do. We’ve been in business now and haven’t had a single problem with outages or with paying the bill. Always explore your energy options, people, always!