We have all seen it happen at some point in our lives. The utility bills come in the mail and when we take a look at it we get surprised. Questions like “ how did my electricity bill get this high?” and “I thought I was careful with my power consumption” flashes through our minds. The truth is that even if we do all of the usual things such as turning off lights or air conditioning units when we are not using them, will not be enough to bring down the electricity bill. There is such a thing as residual usage such, which means when an electrical item is still plugged in, and it isn’t being used it may still be pulling electricity from the outlets.


Good examples of this are TV sets, entertainment centers and even the humble coffee maker. When these units are just sitting there, unused, are still taking in electricity, albeit at a smaller amount. Nevertheless, it is still taking current, which ultimately translates to higher than expected utility bills. There are several ways to stop this from happening. One obvious way is to go around and make sure everything is turned off from the plug point. This may be a little tedious to do, but it does work. The other way to do is to sign up with an energy management company such as Stream.

Stream Energy is an innovative, app-based service which helps consumers keep an eye on and manage their energy consumption (BBB.org). The way they accomplish this is interesting. They sell blocks of electricity to customers. What this does is help customers know exactly how much electricity they will use on a monthly basis. The first step is to find out how much electricity the house needs. Then, customers can choose a plan that falls within that usage amount. Each month, the customer will only pay for that block of time. It sounds simple enough, and it is, and customers who sign up for these plans are noticing a drop in expenses (https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2016/11/14/dallas-stream-energy-relocate-headquarters-addison.html).

Stream Energy was founded in 2004 in Dallas, Texas and besides retail electricity, they offer retail gas as well as phone services.