Massachusetts consumers will pay significantly higher electric bills this winter as a persistent shortage of natural gas for generating plants drives power prices to record levels.

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They announced that rates will increase by 37 percent over last winter’s, solely because the cost of buying electricity from power plants has soared to the highest level in decades, according to a company spokesman. On Friday, NSTAR also requested from the state a rate increase of 29 percent.

What does this mean for Massachusetts residents and businesses?

It has never been a better time for our commercial customers to get to know the Energy Group at Granite City Electric. This specialized division is all about saving money and improving lighting with energy efficient options. The Energy Group offers numerous options for saving money on utility bills.  This includes new LED lighting technologies, product rebate programs, and energy saving products. Our team will work with you throughout the entire project to ensure a guaranteed and substantial return on your investment.

Our job is to identify all of the money-saving opportunities that are available to ensure you are taking advantage of all that apply to your situation.  In order to do this, the Energy Group offers free personalized services to help us understand your unique needs and preferences and how they relate to saving Energy and money.

There has never been a better time to receive a FREE commercial Energy Audit.  An Energy Audit is a free onsite evaluation that will identify inefficient lighting systems and determine where commercial facility is losing energy and money.

One of Granite City Electric’s Energy Auditors will show you how the problem areas can be corrected to make your building energy efficient. This includes evaluating the current lighting, energy use, and cost savings.  Based on the building itself, we will determine what the best lighting options and installations will be.  After your Energy audit, we provide a 1 page Energy Analysis outlining this process with the financial opportunities.  We can also supply you with a personalized lighting layout for your plans, updated lighting specifications, and photometrics.

Because the price increases were expected to happen in New England eventually, companies like National Grid and NSTAR have many Energy Rebate programs available for consumers to take advantage of.  Making the investment in updating your lighting and reducing the amount of electricity wattage you use, WILL be an investment that will pay for itself in a short period of time.

For more information you can contact our Energy team at: