What is an “arctic outbreak” doing rolling through the United States in early November? Freezing winds, temperatures 30 degrees below average; we’re flirting with the next polar vortex and we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving.
It's already been a variable fall across eastern U.S.: on November 1, thousands of Mainers went a day without electricity in a first snow that beat earliest snow records by fifteen days! Unfortunately that same day, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina also got hit by the earliest snow on record.
Even earlier, on September 25, New England’s National Grid was already spreading the word that it planned to increase residential electricity rates a staggering 37% year-over-year this winter (National Grid’s press release).
Let's hope this doesn't affect your prices, like last year, when energy costs were already so comically high that enterprises from Macy’s to DuPont failed to meet their quarterly projections?
But if you're trying to play it safe and haven’t been doing everything in your power to shield your business against the oncoming freeze, you’re very nearly too late.
Since last year’s polar vortex, we’ve spoken with hundreds of clients who were variably successful (or unsuccessful) at keeping control of their energy spend. EnerNOC's energy procurement experts have synthesized those tips below—organized by the three energy cost drivers—to help YOU get ahead of the next one.