I Am Loving Running My Own Business

I made the decision to hire two employees last month. I've run my own company by myself for two years. Business has been really picking up, and it got to the point where I simply could not handle everything on my own anymore. I am learning as I go, and that has been pretty fun. I thought it would be really scary, but it has not been. One example of this is knowing that I am no account and have no fancy accounting software, but I was able to find a check stub maker online and come up with two of them for both employees with no trouble at all. It is things like this that make me believe that I will have no trouble going forward with figuring things out.

Both of my employees are fantastic. It is really nice to be in charge of hiring the people that you want to work with you. I spent a lot of years working with people that were problematic at so many companies. But not these two people. They match my personality well and they are both such hard workers. They are also patient with me as I learn during this whole process. If the company should grow larger, I know that it will not always be this intimate. But I am not worried about that for now.

Both of the people who work for me have a lot of experience, and they bring a lot of help to my company. They have both been instrumental in helping to bring in even more customers. And they both have some great ideas for how to help expand many of our needs at the company. It has been nice to be able to work with people who care, and they know that I really care about them as well.

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Dealing with a Seasonal Sewer Problem

Most people look forward to everything that spring has to offer. Unless they have bad pollen allergies, they love to smell the flowers, watch the snow melt, and see the animals coming out. I don't share in this joy, because I know what is coming with the spring. Each spring, my neighborhood gets a lot of rain, which means that a lot of debris will be washed into the sewers. When this debris builds up, I eventually have to call for sewer cleaning in Rockland County NY, otherwise the system will become backed up and it won't be a pretty sight for anyone.

Last year, a lot of tree debris went into the sewers and it backed up so badly that some of the homes were experiencing items coming up in their toilets. Some tried to flush the toilets, only to have the toilets overflow. I was lucky enough not to have this happen to me, but if it did, I would have been livid. The cleanup from having something like that happen is terrible, especially when there is a chance that there may be some fecal matter mixed in with the debris. You would have to disinfect everything that the water touches.

If the sewer becomes backed up again, I'm going to talk to the other people in the neighborhood and start a petition. The only way to have anything done is to make people aware of what you want. The petition will be sent to our local government in order to get them to spend money to fix our sewer problem. There has to be something that can be done to keep the system from backing up. If they don't want to do anything about it, we'll alert the local news outlets and have the story ran on every channel.

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I Wanted My Mom’s Tree Gone

When I went to visit my mom in New York, I was surprised to see how cluttered the yard was. I knew that she was having a harder time getting around, but I honestly didn't know it had gotten so bad just in the few months it had been since I had last seen her. I was able to handle most of the yard work myself, but I knew that I was going to have to get a business that handles tree removal in Queens County, NY to come out because her oak tree was showing signs of barely being alive.

I wasn't even sure if there was anything they could do to save the tree, but I thought it wouldn't be a bad thing if they ended up having to take it down. I worried about that tree long before I made the call to Miguel's Tree Care, mainly because just one wicked storm could make the tree fall right on my mom's roof. I did not want her to have to deal with any part of that, so I was secretly hoping the tree would have to come out.

She is on a fixed income, which is why she probably never called anyone to see what it would cost. I wasn't worried about the price though because I planned on paying for it. Even still, I was happy when they told me what the price would be because it was lower than I had anticipated. They had come out to look at the tree to see if it could be saved, but they determined within just a couple of minutes that it was mostly dead and had no chance of recovering. There was evidence of disease already, so they came out just a couple of days later and removed the entire tree, trunk and all. The yard looks better, and I don't have to worry as much now.

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Learning to Eat Right Takes Time and Some Effort

If you ate bread and water only, you would likely get a severe form of constipation. Ever hear that story of bread and water being given to prisoners? It was not to just deny them food. Now we know bread can be good for you. However, it has to be consumed in moderation. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a plate that is mostly meat, a lot of starch and a tiny bit of vegetables. If you look at nutrition sites such as www.nutritionstrategy.com, you are likely to see that the opposite should be true. You need a whole lot more vegetables than you do meat or pasta. However, it really does come down to what you want to do.

The important thing to remember is that you will become what you eat. Eating a lot of sugary snacks leads to weight gain and diabetes. All that meaty fat leads to cholesterol in your arteries that narrows the blood supply to your heart. It does not happen overnight. There is not one cheeseburger that leads to the heart attack. It is the culmination of poor choices over a long period of time. However, there are proven diets that can actually reverse heart disease. Where are you on the commitment scale to change your diet? I'm not talking about restricting some foods for a short period of time or trying some diet that includes only certain foods until you get to a certain weight. I'm talking about changing what you eat for the long haul. Making choices that will reduce your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Food can be enjoyed and you can still be healthy. Your tongue is used to the snacks and junk. Give it a break to be able to taste the goodness of healthy food choices. Then the fast food, artificial sweeteners and other junk will taste bad. The real food that is not processed or infused with hormones and antibiotics will help you get healthy.

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Never Let Roof Problems Go Without Repair

On the rear roof of a house, the highly flexible rubbery seal and flashing around the plumbing-drainage vent pipe are generally replaced when the roof is replaced. However, this seal will dry out, crack, fall apart, and leak before the roof needs replacing. I always have my guy at roof repair in Manhattan NY look at my place first. It's the best way to make sure that my roof doesn't have any issues before the issues show themselves. Never let a roof problem go for too long or otherwise you'll have serious problems. One way to prevent this leakage without replacing the surrounding roof shingles is to double-up on the vent seal itself. The sooner this job is done, the better this leak protection is.

Most bathrooms have drainage vent pipes running up through the house walls, attics, and roofs to offset the pressure fluctuations caused by flushing the toilets. These pressure-equalizing vents prevent wastewater backup and other problems. A one-bathroom house will have one vent pipe. A multiple-bathroom house will have several, depending on where the bathrooms are located. By looking at the roof of the house itself, these vents normally appear as uncovered 1-to-4-inch-diameter pipes protruding vertically through the roof by six inches or more. The flashing and seals are located at their shingle-level bases.

Vent-pipe flashing is a rectangular piece of sheeting having a raised oval-shaped crown at its center with a circular rubbery seal and pipe-hole centered atop the crown. This flashing is fitted down over these pipes before the roofing is laid over its base. Most of this flashing is made from thin aluminum or hard-plastic sheeting. The flexible rubbery seal on top of the crown fits tightly around the pipe by squeeze-gripping it. This seal prevents any rain water from leaking downward around these pipes.

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The Importance of Backing Up Data

Whether we want to admit it or not, our digital world is much frailer than most people would ever assume and this puts a lot of data at risk. Sure digital copies of photos will not be so quick to deteriorate over time, but that does not mean they are a guarantee of safekeeping. Whether the issue is a simple hardware malfunction or something more shocking like a fire or flood, data stored in one place is often at risk of being lost. Using Linux backup software this can be avoided with easy backups that will keep your data accessible for years to come.

The bottom line is that there is always a way to back data up further, but people must find a method that is realistic for the type of data they are housing. A company like Google may be able to dedicate entire datacenters to backing up their research, but a family with photo albums and videos probably has a different limit. The truth of the matter is that even with endless backups, there is still technically a possibility for losing data, but the idea is to narrow the chances of that happening down to practically zero.

Of course the other potential problem with backing up data is being able to easily access it. A business that relies on data to continue serving clients or finishing research cannot afford downtime, so the software that generates and administers backups is particularly crucial. So ultimately the key is finding a balance, as settling for subpar services and software will not be reliable enough for most uses, but people still have limited budgets. This software is affordable and reasonable for almost any client, but still provides a level of safety that can help most customers to sleep well at night.

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The New World of Instagram

Near the end of last year I made my first Instagram account. I had been trying to make one for a while, but I was held back by one restriction. In order to make an Instagram account, you need to have a smartphone or a tablet, and I had neither. I tried to emulate the operating system that these devices use on my computer, and in many cases I succeed, but the Instagram app wouldn't operate correctly, so I couldn't make the account. After making my account, I looked for a way to buy Instagram likes.

I tried to get more likes organically, but I couldn't even get enough people to start following me. One person started randomly following me one day, and he didn't like any of the content that I was putting out. Another person followed me, and then stopped without giving any reason. I was feeling pretty lonely on Instagram. I had no idea how some of the other people were able to gain so many followers and get likes on everything. Perhaps it's because they've been on Instagram longer, but I've even seen some people who have only been on for a couple of weeks and they had more followers and likes than I did.

I found a way to get the likes I wanted. I bought a chunk of likes and started to get some followers who would leave comments on my posts. The first person who followed me even decided to finally give me a like and leave a comment on one of my posts. Navigating the social network waters isn't an easy task, but at least I've learned how to make some ground in it. When the next social network comes along, I'll have to start all over again, but at least I'll be ready.

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My Boss is Building a Club

In effect I think that my boss is doing this as a tax dodge, because it sure looks like there is almost no way he can turn a profit on this deal. He bought this little building about two miles from his house and about ten or fifteen minutes from the office. It looks like he is just going to have private parties there and show off for his rich buddies. It is a short walk from the the back nine of the golf club at his country club. He went to http://satellitepackages.net/ and ordered everything, but he did not put it in his new company's name. He is trying to fix it so that he does not pay the huge amount that the sports leagues want if you are showing pay per view sports at a bar of a club. They charge you a per person fee when you pay for the fifty dollar fight and then you have a bunch of people over for a fight.

It is not a big deal to me, in fact I am getting to do a lot of stuff that is probably going to be a problem for the real boss man. That is my Boss' corporate masters. Of course they never show much interest in what we do and so it is not like I am all that worried. At any rate I am just doing what I am being told to do. If they are paying to work for him personally that is not any concern to me. Of course I get the feeling that I am not going to be welcome at this place when it opens up. The big purpose seems to be to have something for his girlfriend to do. She is apparently going to be the one running the place.

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Just Got Back from Vacation

I have just started to get my stuff unpacked after my winter break trip to the island of St Thomas. It was really an awesome holiday, although me and my girlfriends really did a bit too much drinking when we were laying on the beach. Jesse, Marie and I were down on this picture post card white sandy beach just two days ago. Marie got a bit wild after drinking four or five of these really delicious rum drink. She went running into the beach wearing her curly clip in hair extensions and she lost most of the extensions on the left side of her head. Of course it looked quite ridiculous. Jesse and I both took pictures of her, and she is furious at Jesse for sharing it with all of our friends back on campus. I knew better than to do that, because Marie just does not have much of a sense of humor where her looks are concerned. It is odd since she is a really attractive girl, but is incredibly self conscious about how she looks. The only bad part of the trip was trying to get home. We had a long delay at the airport in Saint Thomas and then when got back to the USA there was a winter storm which was causing delays all over the country. We would have been better off staying another day, but of course none of us could afford it. I am going to be eating a lot of noodles for the foreseeable future myself. I was hoping to not spend all of my money down there, but of course then you get to having a lot of fun and I was drinking as well. It seems like I have a real bad habit of blowing money when I drink too much.

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Contemporary Music from My Native Pakistan Helped Me Make a New Friend Here

One thing that helped with the culture shock of moving to America was being able to get full free Punjabi mp3 songs on the mobile phone I was given by a relative. I was sent here to live with relatives due to circumstances at home. I withdrew from people who spoke my language, and I was not interested in making new friends who did not speak my language. It was one day when I was listening to the music on my phone through the built in speaker that changed things for me.

I had not plugged in my earbuds. I usually do that so I can withdraw into my own little world. People are less likely to disturb you when they see you have earbuds stuck in your ears. Those that do can just be ignored until they give up and go away. My tinny sounding speaker on my phone was playing a popular song in the Punjabi language. A girl about my age startled me. She walked up to me and asked me what I was listening too. My faced had to have flushed a little red. I was a little put off for being disturbed, but embarrassed to be talking to such a pretty girl.

She was as American as those apple pies I have heard of. A poster child for the July holiday I am learning about in my new school. I tried to get her to go away, but she persisted. Now she is a very valuable friend of mine. More than that, she is my girlfriend. She is learning to speak my native language, and I am learning more English every day. I already had learned how to write it before leaving Pakistan. Here I thought that I would never be accepted in this new land, and it was actually music from my country that bridged the gap.

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The Pain of Loss in EVE Online

Streaming as a gamer has become an entirely new industry, breaking ground with the help and the likes of YouTube. Of course, it spawned from a place disconnected even from that itself; G4TV and the original TechTV, where shows used to show case other gamers playing MMOs and tournaments alike. Now with Twitch beginning to help pave the way for the future of streaming games and services like streamm.co helping those same streamers find their own success by providing viewers and views alike. It helped me gain a foothold when I switched over from YouTube which I have been incredibly grateful for.

With luck, I've been successful. Who knew that streaming Eve Online would gain so much attention; sure, I might be one of the more well known pirates in the game who has a way of utilizing a bit of flair whenever I go out into the 0.0. I don't like just pouncing on the unsuspecting prey that dares to come out into this lawless section of space that I claim as my own; no, I want to make it a show. I want them to be paranoid, I want to the people at home to see what a real pirate is like.

A real pirate is ruthless but charming; a real pirate let's his victim know that it's not personal but between them but it is personal for myself - my ego is on the line here, my reputation is at stake. They're just unlucky enough to be in the middle of my sights. I like to cruise around the rare asteroids waiting for a crew of miners to come in and try their luck at a big score and after they've filled up their cargo and mining holds, that's when I strike, ensuring that they feel the pain of loss.

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The Power is the Best

Choosing a good Killeen energy company is something that everyone in my area had to go through, and for many, it was no picnic. There are only so many companies to choose from, which gives the residents a lot of high prices. The lack of competition is something that has been noted for a long time, but no one was ever able to do anything to change it. People complained to the government, but they just turned the other way and pretended like nothing was happening. Eventually, the people of Kileen got rid of the old government officials and elected new ones, which changed everything.

After the new people began to take office, they started listening to our complaints, including the ones about the energy companies. They decided to make it possible for more competitive companies to come into the area and offer better energy prices. The existing energy companies started getting scared at this news and tried to do everything possible to stop it, but unfortunately for them, they couldn't do anything. We all rejoiced and once the new companies had been established, we started checking them out to see what they had to offer.

Most people used a website to determine what new companies were available and which ones were worth their time. I used the website, and right away I was amazed at the amount of choices I had. I took my time to write down some pros and cons about each company and then used this to narrow down my choices. I came to the conclusion that one company was definitely for me, and I signed up with them. My former company tried to do everything to get me to stay, even offering a few discounts, but their words were going ignored by me, and I left them behind.

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Home Invasions Are Very Scary

My mom called me last week in tears. Her friend had been hospitalized as a result of a violent home invasion. She is going to be okay, but it really stirred up a lot of fear in her circle of friends. My mom lives alone, so she was naturally worried that the same could happen to her. I had some of the same thoughts, and I immediately looked up ADT security systems. I had seen some advertisements from their company, and I wanted to check them out to see if one of their systems would be a good fit for my mom.

I went to their website to read about their different systems, and I was very happy with what I saw. I like that they are proactive and reactive, which is important in this day and age. They are proactive because they want to prevent emergencies from even happening. This is done with their security system equipment. Sensors are put on doors and windows, and smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are tied into the system as well. My mom has a smartphone, and she will be able to control a good bit of the system through their app too.

They are reactive because they respond very quickly if something does happen. If someone tries to break in, they are immediately alerted because of the sensors. They can have the police responding very fast, but they can also have the fire department or ambulance service respond as well, depending on what kind of emergency is going on. I hate to think that my mom would ever need to use the service in that way, but I am very thankful that she has this option now. As for her, she feels a lot safer with the security system installed, and she has even told most of her friends about it too so they can get one too, if they want.

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Ware the Savagery of Geese

Avian flu. We've all heard of it (unless you haven't). It was right up there with Swine flu and regular flu. It was a scourge that hit the Asian-Pacific particularly hard with millions of chicken deaths. It wasn't until it cross the species boundaries to infect humans that we began to take it more seriously as a threat. That's when we started to kill them all. All the winged friends we once would feed bread and seed to. Even here in New Jersey there was a call for bird control in NJ so we might protect the people that we love and care for the most. It has to be done. Every year there are more birds darkening our skies with the threat of avian flu hanging over our heads. As a society driven by compassion for the people around us, we cannot allow these animals to live in such numbers!

I know that birds seem harmless enough but have you ever watched a man fight off a savage, violent attack from a goose? A twenty pound animal with wings has all the advantage over our thumbs. These are creatures without our sense of morality. They are driven purely on instinct which is fine for the natural world but not here in our human created one. We don't abide by such merciless savagery and our modern medicine is finely tailored to protect us from diseases. A goose has no concept of right nor wrong; it will attack if it feels threatened or to protect its nest. We're not attuned to such things. A casual walk in the park to enjoy a beautiful, sun-filled blue sky day can suddenly take a turn for the worst when a goose attacks. I've heard reports of a swan even drowning a man; don't let this happen to you.

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Her Trees Needed to Be Trimmed

I had not been to my mom's house in nearly three years. It just worked out to where she was down at my house on major holidays and over summer vacation, and it was hard to get to her place any other time of the year because of my work. When she asked me if I could bring the family to come see her this past summer, I was pretty excited about it. It was a great visit, though I did end up having to hire a tree service in Queens NY because of the condition of her trees.

I was actually surprised that I was able to get by with just that small amount of work, and it was something that I did not really have to do myself. Sure, I had to find the tree service that I wanted to use to trim the trees in her yard, but the extent of my physical work on that was just picking up the phone. The trees were not in horrible shape or anything, but I could tell that they had not been pruned since my dad was around, which has been a good ten years now.

The trees definitely needed to be shaped, and Mom agreed with me. She told me it was just one of those things that she kept meaning to do, but it would keep slipping her mind because something would always come up. She did not care who I called as long as they were licensed and insured, which just goes without saying. I was also able to get references and look at some pictures of work they have done elsewhere. I felt confident that they would be able to make her trees look healthy once again, and they did not disappoint at all. It did not take them long, and it was very reasonably priced too!

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Home is Where New York is

When I moved to New York, the first thing I did was get roof installation in Brooklyn NY because the house that I bought was hit by a falling tree. The tree fell over because of a wild storm that happened earlier. The damage could have been much worse and the home could have been completely destroyed, but luckily, only the roof took most of the damage, and the tree didn't hit it hard enough to completely crash through the entire upper floor. The wood in the attic took some damage as well, but it could be easily repaired.

While the roofing company was working on the roof, I decided to visit some people that I knew years ago. They moved to New York to start new lives after college, while I stayed in Florida. When I showed up at their doorsteps, they were surprised to see me. Many of them had already gotten married and had children. To them, it was like I hadn't aged a day since the end of college. We had a good time talking about the old days and making some new memories. Since I was living in New York, we agreed to see each other more often.

In a couple of days, the roof was done. Owning property in New York can be pretty expensive, but I got a pretty good deal on the home. It's a detached home with an old style. I thought about getting a semi detached home, but I wanted to have total freedom from my neighbors. After living in an apartment for many years, I know what it feels like to live on the other side of someone, and when the neighbors get loud, you can't really do anything about it. Sometimes the neighbors might even complain about you.

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The Bugs Come out at Night

Bed bugs have been getting a lot of attention on the news lately. There was one report about a hotel that had come down with an infestation of bed bugs. I stayed at this hotel before the report on the infestation was aired, and I began to become worried. I looked around my bed and noticed that there were some bed bugs. Immediately I called for bed bug removal in Manhattan NY. I took my clothes off and threw them in the washing machine along with some scalding hot water. I had to leave my home for a few days while the bed bugs were being treated.

I couldn't bring any of my clothes with me besides the ones that I was wearing, and I couldn't bring any luggage either. I had to buy some new clothes at a local store, and I also had to find a hotel to stay in. I checked to see if there were any more reports about hotels in the area that had bed bugs, and two other ones had a confirmed case. At that point, I was worried about staying in any of the hotels. I couldn't stay at any of my friends homes at the risk of causing them to have bed bugs.

I located one hotel that had recently been inspected for bed bugs and came away with a clean report. I booked a room there, but I was too afraid to sleep in the bed. Instead, I slept in one of the chairs that were included with the room. I didn't sleep to well while I was in the hotel, partially because of the chair, but also because of my fear of the bugs. Days later, I was able to go back to my home, and I couldn't wait to sleep in my bed.

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A New Home, New Kitchen and New Addition or Two

Our anniversary gift to ourselves this year was hiring a contractor that does kitchen remodeling in Bergen County NJ to redo our kitchen. It was the first thing we are doing with our new home. Well, it is not new as in just built but new as in newly purchased by us. We bought it in the fall of last year. We got what we could afford. It is structurally sound, in a great neighborhood and has plenty yard outside both front and back. The roofing shingles will be replaced in a couple of years but the kitchen remodel is first on our list.

Our plan is to completely redo the interior. Part of the kitchen makeover is getting rid of the formal dining room altogether. It will blend with the kitchen and have a smaller table for entertaining family and guests. Our main eating area is going to be a large granite island with tall stools on both sides. This area will be great for playing games and just talking as well as dining together.

Later on we will remodel the living room, bedrooms and redo both bathrooms. Some work we are even doing ourselves. The kitchen remodel is going to include higher end appliances. We have saved for our house purchase and our kitchen makeover. We plan to do it right or not do it at all. It is fun making a home. Yes, it is costly. However, the nicer and better things in life do come with a cost. We learned to save for what we want as children, and we make a good team of it now.

We skipped the fancy honeymoon and the first year vacation to get our house in order. We will need a new kitchen to be doing the cooking and feeding of our twins that are on the way. We were planning for one when two were the order for the day.

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Looking for a Chance to Dump Time Warner

I am really not happy with the amount of money I have to write checks for every month. I am trying to figure out what I can do to cut back on my bills. Of course the obvious thing to do is to get rid of cable tv. You do not have to have that after all.At the moment I have TWC providing me with cable tv and Internet. They offered me a package with that and a home phone, but that would have been no use to me. I have a cell phone obviously and I have to have it, in fact my boss pays part of my cell phone bill because the phone is necessary to what I do. My bill was well over a hundred dollars, but a couple of months ago I called them up and complained, because I knew that if I did it well they would be willing to cut me a break. The idea is very simple if you have a customer that guy is valuable and you want to keep your hooks in him. They have a math behind it i am sure that tells them what I am worth to them.

Think about what a customer gives a cable company. So long as the guy keeps on breathing and working he is going to write a check month after month. If you can get a hundred dollars steady that is great, but you want them to want more. You offer them the chance to get the pay per view specialat fifty dollars a shot. I think the last time I saw a big title fight on the PPV they wanted 70 dollars for it. A bunch of guys at work went in to together and put the money up to pay for it.

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Get It Checked Every Month

There are many energy companies that you can choose from in Texas. But how do you know which one is right for you. That task is nearly impossible. I mean there are so many, you might as well just go with the cheapest one right? Wrong. You should not do that, you should go with mesquite reliant energy. At the moment they are the highest rated energy company and that is what really matters when you are trying to pick a company to go with. Many places can offer you cheap rates, but only the best can offer you amazing customer service and satisfaction. That is what I look for in my energy companies. I mean so many of them do shady things like estimate your usage and all sorts of other things. But not these guys, they will come out to your meter every single month to make sure that you are getting charged what you should be.

Isn't that worth the extra few dollars that you might have to pay each month. Because lets face it, energy is cheap and the difference between a cheap and expensive company is really just a few dollars a month. Wouldn't you rather go with the company that you can trust instead of saving a few dollars. I know that I would and I know that a lot of other people feel the same way. I urge you to reconsider going with the cheap option. I mean just switch it for a little while and you will see that your bill will most likely go down because they are charging you for what you are really using. Trust me when I say that the other companies estimates are nowhere near the real thing and you should never let anyone estimate a charge for you. Get it checked every month.

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