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Retail energy choice gives manufacturers the chance to access innovative products and services, and potentially lower energy costs.

But with retail energy choice comes the responsibility to select the provider that will best meet your needs. When researching electricity and natural gas providers, be sure to ask these five questions:

Question 1

How have you helped other manufacturers like mine manage energy costs?

Direct Energy Business helped one manufacturer save $250K with total energy management

Why ask? Your supplier should have a track record of servicing customers of your industry, size and business model.

What should I listen for?

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Challenges the provider helped the customer overcome 

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checkmark icon Specific results

See how Direct Energy Business helped one manufacturer save $250,000

Question 2

What kinds of tools do you have to help our manufacturing facility navigate energy markets and control costs?

Why ask? Your supplier should empower you with information to make smart energy decisions.

What should I listen for?

checkmark icon Market trends and forecast reports

checkmark icon Historical volume data

checkmark icon Benchmarking data 

Question 3

What products and services do you offer to help our manufacturing facility lower our demand for energy—and costs?

Energy Management for Manufacturers

Why ask? A provider should be committed to helping you use less energy and cut costs.

What should I listen for?

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 Demand Response program

checkmark icon Energy efficiency solutions

checkmark icon Alternative energy products

Question 4

What kinds of products do you offer for manufacturers who want to explore market-based pricing?

Why ask? Your provider should tailor their offerings to suit your budget goals and level of risk tolerance.

What should I listen for?

checkmark icon Index priced and hybrid supply products

checkmark icon Strategic services to help execute purchasing

Energy Management for Manufacturers

Question 5

How do you structure your pricing, and how would a monthly bill break down for a manufacturing facility like ours?

Why ask? It's vital that you understand how you'll be charged for energy.

What should I look for?

checkmark icon Clear indications of costs that are charged separately (e.g., capacity, line losses)

checkmark icon Costs charged by contracted volume vs. consumption

With due diligence, your manufacturing operation can find an energy supplier offering the right product mix and expertise to help you manage your energy bills while keeping your plant running optimally.

To learn how Direct Energy Business can help manufacturers like you

Download our free eGuide: Total Energy Management for Manufacturers.

1 U.S. Energy Information Administration, “How much energy is consumed in the world by each sector?” retrieved March 2016.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, “Outsourcing Energy Performance: Its Potential for Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs,” March 18, 2014

2 Direct Energy Business, “Energy-Saving Tips for Manufacturing,” retrieved March 2016


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