Choose Your Own Adventure: Third-Party Energy Supplier Edition
1.) It’s Thursday night and you’re in a rush. As soon as you get home from work, you slip off your shoes, drop your purse, and hurry to the bedroom. As you take your earrings off so you can hop in the shower, you hear the doorbell ring. Really? You’re not expecting anybody. Should you answer it or just ignore it and hop in the shower?
- If you want to answer the door, go to section 2.
- If you want to ignore the knocking, go to section 13.
2.) You open the door to find a slight man, a little sweaty, in khakis and a polo. “Hello,” he says. “I’m Billy from Liberty Power. Do you have a quick second to talk about your electricity supplier?”
- If you want to say “Sure, okay, as long as it’s quick,” go to section 9.
- If you want to say, “Not right now, Billy, I’ve got to get ready for a date,” go to section 8.
3.) “It sounds like my work here is done!” says Billy. “I hope you have a wonderful evening.” He turns and walks away. You close the door and smile. What a pleasant person. Hopefully he’ll have some luck with other customers today. Then you look at your watch–you’re going to be late!
- Go to section 8.
4.) “It’s a solid deal,” says Billy. “Variable rates fluctuate based on the market. The more electricity is needed at any given time, the more it costs to purchase at that particular time. So, right when you’re using the most electricity, it’s at its most expensive. By signing onto a fixed-rate plan, you can smooth out the bumps in your yearly energy expenditure. We’ve got plans to fit your needs, ranging anywhere from 12 to 36 months. So what do you think? Would you like to go ahead?
- If you want to say “Sure! Sign me up!” go to section 12.
- If you want to say “Thanks, Billy, but I better think about it first,” go to section 10.
- If you want to say, “No thanks, not today,” go to section 6.
5.) “RECs? They’re great,” says Billy. “It’s an acronym, for ‘Renewable Energy Credits.’ It’s a way to make sure that your energy usage isn’t contributing to climate change. When you purchase a REC, we at Liberty Power purchase the same amount of energy from renewable, carbon-neutral sources, like wind or solar. Here, check out this video.” He pulls out his phone and plays a short video from the EPA. At the end of it, he asks, “What do you say? Want to help save the planet?”
- To sign up for Renewable Energy Credits, go to section 11.
- To say, “Not today, thanks,” go to section 6.
6.) “Okay, of course, no problem,” says Billy. “I hope you have a lovely day.” He waves goodbye and turns to head down your stoop. You close the door. For a fleeting instant on your way to the shower, you see Billy walking down the sidewalk to the next house. Poor guy. It can’t be easy knocking on doors all day. Then you look at your watch–you’re going to be late!
- Go to section 8.
7.) “Oh, you do?” asks Billy. “That’s great! I hope you’re happy with our service. If you are, here, take this card. You can write us a review to let us know how we’re doing! Now, are you on a REC plan as well?
- If you want to say “Yes! And I love it!” go to section 3.
- If you want to say, “No–what’s a REC?” go to section 5.
8.) You leave the door and head for the shower. By the time you’ve washed, rinsed, and dried, Billy is long gone. You hop in the car and drive off to meet your date. But ten minutes into dinner you’re wishing you could be back on your doorstep. What does your date want to talk about? Golf. When you try to change the subject? Golf.
- Go back to Section 1 to try again.
9.) “Okay, Billy, I have a second,” you say. “As long as it’s quick.” Billy positively beams. You get the feeling he doesn’t get as warm a welcome as the Girl Scouts do when they go knocking on doors with delicious cookies. “My pleasure,” he says. “I work for Liberty Power. We’re a third-party energy supplier. In this state, you can choose who you want to buy your energy from—either a supplier like us or the utility. Unlike the utility, we offer fixed-rate energy plans. So the price you pay for electricity stays the same no matter what that electricity cost to produce. No more spikes in the summer when everyone turns on their air conditioning.”
- If you want to say, “Thanks, Billy, but I’m happy with my energy provider,” go to section 6.
- If you want to say, “Thanks, Billy, but I’ve already got a fixed-rate energy plan with Liberty Power,” go to section 7.
- If you want to say, “Thanks, Billy. Why don’t you tell me a little more?” go to section 4.
10.) “Of course!” says Billy. “I entirely understand. Here, take this information and read it over. And here’s my card—when you’re ready, just reach out to me here and we’ll get you all signed up! I hope you have a delightful night!” He shakes your hand, then turns and heads down the driveway. You close the door and smile. What a nice guy. You wonder if he’s single. Then you remember your date! Quickly you dash to the shower.
- Go to Section 8.
11.) “That’s fantastic!” says Billy. “We’ll get you signed up right away! Here, just take a look at the information on my tablet and you’ll be zeroing out your carbon emissions in no time!” After you fill out the paperwork, Billy shakes your hand and leaves. What a nice guy. You look at your watch and realize you’re going to be super late for your date. Well, maybe he can wait until next week. You pull out your phone and text to see if you can make it up some other time.
12.) Absolutely!” says Billy. “I’d be happy to! Here, just fill out this these forms on my tablet real quick and we’ll get you switched over in no time!” After you fill out the paperwork, Billy shakes your hand and leaves. What a nice guy. You look at your watch and realize you’re going to be super late for your date. Well, maybe he can wait until next week. You pull out your phone and text to see if you can make it up some other time.
13.) You head for the shower. By the time you’ve washed, rinsed, and dried, whoever it was is gone. Good. You hop in the car and drive off to meet your date. But traffic is awful, and even though you left early, you show up late. Thankfully, your date doesn’t seem to mind, or even notice. He’d been thinking about golf while he was waiting, he explains. Then he spends the entire dinner talking about golf, even though you try five times to change the subject. As he putters on about roughs and tees and putts you wonder who had been knocking on the door. Maybe that would have been a little more interesting.
- Go back to Section 1 to try again.
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Photo Credit: Anne Spratt