Sunday, October 7, 2012

I will match your energy

The Maine Solar House website: Harvest the sun's energy for power and heat. Located along the Maine coast, it keeps the owners warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

“We have been 'harvesting' the sun since 1995 and we feel fortunate to have made the decision then to lead a solar life. The benefits have been personal, spiritual and financial. Our investment has been paid back and our lives are more than comfortable in the ever-changing weather of coastal Maine. Debbi was a music major at the University of Maryland and then received her masters degree from Boston University. I was a communications major at Boston University and went on to receive my masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Each morning we wake up looking for the sun. We are 'solar groundhogs' but in our case we are pleased to see our shadows because it means free energy to power and heat our home.”  ~The Maine Solar House


I own  I have been in the “Energy Business” since the 90’s. The deregulation of the Energy industry is very similar to what I lived with the deregulation of the Telecommunication industry.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first significant overhaul of the United States telecommunications law in more than sixty years. The Act, signed by President Bill Clinton, represented a major change in American telecommunication law, since it was the first time that the Internet was included in broadcasting and spectrum allotment. According to the FCC, the goal of the law was to "let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any communications business compete in any market against any other."

Cool! Anyone (even the little guy) can be in the telecom business. Today, anyone (even the little guy) can be in the energy business.

Is there anyone reading this who does not use the telephone, or use a cell phone or use the Internet? Is there anyone reading this who does not use energy every single day?

Ask yourself this question: if you were IN the business, who would be your first customer for said business?  (hint: look in the mirror).

I bought my first cellular phone in 1983 because I wanted to be cool. Having a car phone was my James Bond 007 moment. I did not have a job (still in school) but had a phone in my car! Since I could not afford the $1 per minute calls, I figured out a way to BE IN the business.  My motivation?  Free cellular phone service. Ah yes, driving with the top down, talking on the phone. I have not paid (out of pocket) for cellular phones or service since 1983. Thousands of clients later, I owe it all to my love of James Bond movies.  Check this out.  Watch the video. Tell me why you would not buy this immediately? Tell me why you would not stop what you are doing and do this - buy this - right now?  Guess what: MTP gives this amazing tool to our energy clients for free - as a thank you for being a client. Guess what else: we can tell if they activate and install it - and not everyone does!  FREE money - FREE energy. Ah, no thanks, I like paying more.

I guess sometimes people don’t have enough “energy” to do what it takes - to save energy.  

Anyone who is still paying full price for telephone, cellular or Internet service has no one to blame but themselves. Anyone paying full price for gas or electricity, has no one to blame but themselves. Anyone with a still in the box, not even installed (takes around 15 minutes) has no one to blame but themselves.

I am an extreme case (some would say nut case) so your own results may vary. You do not have to build a but you could easily do so. You don’t have to sell “yourself” your telephone service, your Internet service, and even your electricity, but you could easily do so. The government made it easy for you to save money (and make money) by using and promoting the exact same services that you use (and pay for) every single day.

But before you do anything, ask yourself this question:  If you were given (for free) a would you have enough “energy” to install it? Remember, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make 'em turn down the thermostat.  

Want to learn more?  Email me at  I can’t do it all for you, but I will match your energy.  

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