Take Advantage Of The Texas Power Cost Reduction

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It’s time to take advantage of the Texas power cost reduction that has seen electric costs decrease significantly over the last year or so. Unfortunately, not all consumers have done so, yet. The reason that these costs have dropped so much is because the industry became deregulated.

So, that leaves consumers able to choose between electric providers and benefit from the lower costs. There are various offers available with different lengths of contracts to take advantage of. In most cases, there is no charge to switch from one corporation to another. Certainly, there is no need to question whether there will be a loss of power during the switch, as this is not the case whatsoever. In fact, switching is easy and fast.

If you are worried about anything negative happening if you do decide to switch, you can relax. Think back to when telephone companies became extremely competitive and were offering better rates for their services. Many people took advantage of these huge savings and still had quality. That’s because the same telephone lines were being used.

The only thing that really changed was the company that sent you a bill. So, in essence, there won’t be anything different between the scenario with the telephone or with the power company.

Isn’t it time that you took advantage of this deregulation and start saving some money? If you want to see how good the deals are, all you have to do is look online. So, all this could be done in your leisure time, without interrupting any of your responsibilities. Doing a little research will show you exactly how much money you could save.

Each deregulated area has at least 10 providers, in giving you a good selection. Smart shoppers know that comparison-shopping goes a long way when it comes to saving money and getting great deals, regardless of whether it is for your business or your home.

About the author: Jerry Dyess has been in the Electricity business for the past 7 years and has published many articles on Business Electric news.

Ed Wade’s Bullpen Obsession

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When he was in Philadelphia, Ed Wade acquired a reputation as a builder of bullpens. Now the Astros’ general manager, Wade has continued that tradition. He seems to love crafting a bullpen the way he loves running triathlons. When he first got the job in Houston, it didn’t take Wade long to overhaul the relief corps. Gone were Brad Lidge and Chad Qualls. In came Jose Valverde, Doug Brocail, Oscar Villarreal and Geoff Geary. At the trade deadline last year, he added LaTroy Hawkins.

Wade’s strategy is very clear, and it involves a deep bullpen because of his belief that every bullpen is full of its disappointments. Building around this expectation helps to maintain depth in a department that is crucial to a team’s success. The problem with this strategy is the enormous price tag that it comes at.

The Astros are paying over $18 million in salaries to their bullpen pitchers in 2009. The only team comparable to the Astros here are the defending champion Phillies. To the Phillies, this makes sense since they won a World Series with such a talented bullpen, but teams with more success than the Astros are paying considerably less than the Astros are. The Dodgers and Cardinals, for example, are paying $7.2 million and $6.2 million respectively. This is the difference between one or two exceptional players.

To be fair, I don’t think Wade planned it to work out this way. His idea last winter was to trade Valverde after he had already re-signed Brocail and Hawkins, probably believing the two would compete for the closer job in spring training. When the economy collapsed and no market seemed to exist for Valverde, last year’s NL save leader, Wade decided it was smarter to keep him and bite the bullet financially. That decision had a trickle effect that cost the Astros Wolf and Ty Wigginton. I’m not arguing here that Wade made the wrong decision, only that those were the cards he chose to play.

The Astros bullpen has been a failure by all standards in 2009. With the second highest number of blown saves (only second to the Nationals of all teams) and a team bullpen ERA of 4.28, the bullpen in Houston has hurt the team more than it’s helped it. Cecil Cooper may be to blame for at least part of the woes in Houston’s bullpen.

Partly due to injury and partly due to a lack of confidence in his pitchers, Cooper rode Sampson and Hawkins hard for the first three months. By the All-Star Break, it was clear that both were running on empty and it was no surprise that both landed on the disabled list before July was over. Sampson, Hawkins and Byrdak lead the club in appearances but Byrdak has often been used to face just one or two batters. Sampson and Fulchino lead in relief innings pitched but Fulchino has often been the mop-up pitcher in blowout losses. There are some baseball thinkers who believe spending starting pitcher money on a closer is a bad idea. Why spend so much on a guy who might get in 70 innings when a starter should amass close to 200 innings?

Good minds can disagree on whether it makes more sense to have four bullpen pitchers averaging $2 million a year or one starting pitcher making $8 million a year. Mistakes can be made either way (see Jason Jennings and Woody Williams as recent examples where spending on starting pitching didn’t work out well). Given the Astros’ budgetary constraints, Wade needs to decide whether relief pitching counts more than starting pitching and spend accordingly. There doesn’t seem to be enough in the till to feed the need of both the rotation and the bullpen.

The Astros do have some talented young pitching in Bud Norris and Felipe Paulino, not to mention Wandy Rodriguez, whose contract expires after the season. Players like Hunter Pence and Michael Bourne have rising contracts, and Miguel Tejada will be an undertaking in its own class. With this all said, there seems to be no way the Astros can hold onto such an expensive bullpen without making sacrifices in other departments.

Seeing Ed Wade’s track record, he may very well opt to continue focusing on the bullpen.

If you’re in the mood for more great MLB talk, come and visit the Houston Astros forum and the general sports forum at RootZoo Sports both some of the most active forums on the web.

Truth About Electricity Texas And Others That Need To Save

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With electricity Texas has some of the highest cost when it comes to energy bills. A lot of it has to do with the very hot temperature in Texas that require you to find ways of getting cool by any means necessary. During the winter months you may find yourself adjusting the thermostat a lot because of the temperature changing so much.

Every one wants to save something thing which is more than understandable in our society today. Below you will find a variety of tricks and tips that will increase your chances of saving money. The best thing about these tips are that they are simple and easy to do.

Start these little things now while it is still spring and you will begin to see the different you are saving right about the time summer arrives.

One of the first someone looking to save money should do is take a long look at the filter inside of their air conditioning unit. A clean filter could be the difference in you saving money on your energy bill and you losing money.

If you start to have your meal done on the grill outside instead of the stove in the kitchen you will see a decrease in your energy usage as well. There more you do things outside the house the more money you are saving on the inside of your home. Which is the result we are all looking for.

Remember it is going to take a lot of determination on your behalf if you want to see a drop in your electricity bill. So take full advantage of the weather by doing simple things. Open your windows and leave the fans and a/c off, try to use the sunlight instead of a light bulb.

No matter how you do it saving money with your electricity Texas and other hot states have the right idea by staying cool by any means, but the weather will always feel better when your saving money doing it.

About the author: Jerry Dyess has been in the Texas Electricity business for the past 7 years. He has published many articles on Texas Electric rates.

Check Out What Is Happening With Texas Electricity

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Texas electricity leads the way for electric deregulation. This is a way customers can have a choice in the power provider they choose. This means they do not have to choose one company or choose no power at all. In parts of Texas people will have the choice of electric companies to serve their home and business.

People might find better deals or plans that will fit their requirements compared to the provider they use now. But if people are happy with who they use then they need not change. But it is good to know that you can change if you want to.

You might find a provider that will allow you to lock in a rate that is better than your current price. So you might want to take advantage of that. You will want to check back with a possible provider to see if there is a new plan available.

Your current provider may not run regular deals so you might want to take advantage of specials from other companies. But check to see if you have a contract with a cancellation fee. If you have one then you might want to wait until the contract period is finished before you cancel.

If not then you will want to wait until you contract expires and then make the change. The bottom line is that if the consumer has a choice of power providers then this increase competition. Competition usually results in better service and better pricing for the consumer.

Until now the power providers have operated in a monopoly charging as much as the government lets them charge. And believe this they never charge a penny less than what the government allows.

This is the first step towards you paying less for your power. The deregulation of the power companies is something you can voice your support for. Use your power to choose today and lower your energy bill.

About the author: Jerry Dyess has been in the Texas Energy business for the past 7 years. Get more information on Texas Power rates.

Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage Protects You After A Costly Car Accident

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Did you know that almost a fourth of all Texas drivers don’t have auto insurance? That means drivers of 4.1 million vehicles are in violation of state law. Obviously, not enough is being done to reverse the problem, but there is something you can do to protect your family from it: You can buy uninsured motorist coverage for your auto insurance policy.

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Otherwise, when an uninsured or underinsured driver harms you or a family member, you may face substantial difficulty obtaining monetary compensation for your medical costs and other setbacks. It won’t matter that you weren’t to blame or that you have auto insurance for your vehicle. After an uninsured motorist causes a car crash because of negligent or reckless driving, innocent victims can get stuck with the bill.

However, one basic and simple solution exists. That is to buy uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, which can cost as little as 30 per cent of what you pay for liability insurance, yet provide inordinate protection. If a deadbeat driver with no insurance harms you, your own UM/UIM coverage can lend vital protection.

Texas’ required liability coverage for a car wreck is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per collision. In the event that damages go beyond that, your UM/UIM coverage can intervene. Its price seems small to pay in view of the massive savings it can lend those hurt by drivers lacking proper insurance.

Texas motorcycle riders in particular should get UM/UIM coverage. The state has an exceptionally high rate of motorcycle accident deaths and injuries, and because motorcyclists are vulnerable, their accident expenses can be gigantic. Further, most motorcycle accidents are the fault of automobile drivers who fail to yield, and since many don’t have insurance, motorcyclists often may need UM/UIM coverage.

Nor can you rely only on your health insurance after an accident, since health insurance doesn’t cover lost present and future wages or pain and suffering. By contrast, UM/UIM coverage can lend these protections.

Much can be done to remove uninsured drivers from the road, or force them to buy insurance. Houston suburbs Richmond and Pasadena, TX impound drivers’ cars when found to be uninsured. But you can do something, too: Get UM/UIM coverage and safeguard your family. You just might also ensure your peace of mind.

Personal injury law firm Jim S. Adler & Associates, of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Channelview, TX, strongly advises that Texas drivers protect themselves via uninsured motorist coverage. Also, an Adler car accident attorney can help make sure proper financial compensation comes from a car accident insurance claim.

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