You’ve got to be in the habit of turning off the lights when you get home.
But if you’re a GE Energy customer, you’re probably not the only one.
GE says more than 2 million of its customers have switched back to the old power supply, and it’s still on a roll.
“We’ve got a very active program with our customers that they’re switching back to GE Energy,” GE spokeswoman Katie Schaffer told Business Insider.
GE, which owns a number of companies, including oil giant ExxonMobil, has been experimenting with its own energy-saving measures since the summer of 2015.
At the time, GE said it was exploring a plan to sell power to its customers, and the company has been offering power-saving products since January.
Now that GE Energy is on the winning side of the competition, the company is ramping up its efforts to boost its customer base and bring back the old-fashioned power.
The company has started to offer power-save devices in stores.
But those aren’t the only ones.
The power company also has a new program that lets customers switch back to natural gas and solar power, as well as electric vehicles, and has announced plans to expand its customer loyalty program, which offers free power to GE customers with a GE account.
So, while the new GE Energy products have attracted customers to switch back, some customers may not want to.
“I don’t think the switchback is worth the energy savings, at least from my point of view,” said John, a GE Power customer in the Midwest who has been switching back for a few months.
“The only real benefit is that it will save you money,” John added.
He said he likes the way his power bill went down over time.
GE’s power-savings program, on the other hand, doesn’t really deliver any savings for consumers, according to the company.
Customers with an average annual energy bill of more than $1,000 pay about $6.20 per month for the cost of switching back.
John says the $6 per month he pays makes up for the energy cost of leaving his house.
“If you’re paying $4,000 a year, you should be paying $8,000,” he said.
He’s also worried about GE’s new pricing.
“They’re charging $10 per kilowatt hour and $6 a month for electricity.
I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to pay that.”
That’s a lot of money for a family of four.
John said he’s considering changing his plan to an electric car.
“But then again, you have to be an EV-er,” he added.
GE Power’s switchback programs have been around for years, but they’ve been a big draw for GE.
The electricity company launched its energy-saving initiative in 2014 and it has been expanding the program ever since.
Its customers, like John, have been willing to pay for energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes, but most of the programs have not seen much success.
“What the energy market has really been focused on, especially with the transition of to natural resources, is the ability to get more energy out of the grid,” Schaffer said.
GE Energy’s switchbacks, meanwhile, are gaining more and more customers.
But consumers aren’t going to jump on the bandwagon without a bit of convincing.
“People have been trying to switch to GE for quite a while,” John said.
“And they are doing a great job of it, but I just think they need a little more help.”