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Friday, May 29th, 2009 | Author:

choiceUntil relatively recently New York State Residents were not able to choose their energy supplier. They were limited by whoever was the utility company responsible for supplying the power to whatever area they were living in.

Today, however, consumers can choose among a large number of ESCOs (Energy Service Companies/Energy Supply Companies) such as IDT Energy and others as their energy supplier.

This choice gives the consumer the option of picking among many companies which are now in competition for customers and are forced to provide the best possible services and prices in order to maintain their competitive advantage.

When researching which company is best for you, remember to look not only for good prices but whether there is an option to buy “green”, that is, to include some of your power sources from renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind or biomass.

In New York City consumers can choose to either continue with Con Ed (Consolidated Edison) as their supplier as well deliverer of power; or they can choose among many ESCOs  for energy supply, including IDT Energy , Direct Energy, Ambit Energy, and many others.

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Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Author:

New Yorkers can choose their supplier of electricity and natural gas and are no longer forced to buy their energy from their utility. Known as Energy Service Companies (ESCO), these energy suppliers increase competition and therefore increase efficiency and innovation which will decrease costs and increase value for each dollar consumers spend on energy.

Customer education is crucial for the success of this competitive energy market. Below are some of the ESCOs which you can choose from in New York State.
For a more complete list you can visit the Public Service Commission at

IDT Energy

U.S. Energy Partners, LLC (electric)


Agway Energy Services,Inc.

NYSEG Solutions, Inc.

Friday, April 10th, 2009 | Author:

It’s almost common knowledge that the more batteries you have in parallel, the more difficult it is to evenly charge them. This is why we prefer the buss bar method of connecting batteries instead of the ol’ series-parallel method. Using buss bars distributes what I like to call, charge/discharge impact over more batteries so that they all are treated as equally and fairly as possible. Charge/discharge impact is the extra use and abuse of the batteries that the leads connect to for inputting and outputting power. The thing to understand here is that the batteries connected to the leads do most of the work, they cycle deeper and more frequently, while the interior batteries just replace what was consumed from the battery ahead of it. See the diagram below for a demonstration of this idea.

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