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About Patrick Clouden

Patrick J. Clouden is the Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s top energy consulting firms. Consumer Energy Solutions was founded in 1999 and represents some of the largest energy suppliers in North America. CES has enrolled over 2.5 million residential and 300,000 commercial customers across the United States and Canada including many Fortune 500 companies.

What Sets Consumer Energy Solutions Apart From Other Energy Sales Companies?

By |February 6th, 2017|

I am often asked what sets CES apart from other energy sales companies. This is a very easy question for me to answer. It’s a one-word-answer. However, you most likely will not believe me if I tell you what that word is. So I’m going to give you a bit of CES history before I […]

How To Reduce Home Electricity Costs In The Middle Of Winter

By |January 12th, 2017|

A very simple way to reduce energy costs in the middle of winter is to lower the thermostat. It’s a fact that for every degree you lower the thermostat during the winter, you’ll save between 1 and 3% off your heating bill.

But first we need to dispel one idea that is common in the heating […]

What’s Happening In The Current Energy Market?

By |December 2nd, 2016|

At CES we monitor what natural gas is doing in the current market because natural gas and electricity’s prices closely parallel each other. Did you know most natural gas consumed in the U.S. comes from domestic production? We do import a bit of natural gas by pipeline from Canada but because of our own growth […]

Good News From Consumer Energy Solutions!

By |November 7th, 2016|

Here it is the beginning of November and CES just had its BEST week of the year in sales! You can feel the buzz in the air just walking through the company and I want to really acknowledge this extremely productive team!

How has CES put together such a great, stable team? It’s our training. In […]

Why Have Natural Gas Prices Been So Low?

By |October 7th, 2016|

It’s officially fall! And we are thinking about all that fall brings leading in to winter. Energy-wise, it’s interesting to take a look at what this means.

When you look at your electricity bill you may not realize how much it is influenced by natural gas prices. Electricity and natural gas tend to follow the same […]

How Could Solar Energy Be Used To Supply Electricity To The World?

By |September 6th, 2016|

Unbelievably, back in 1767, the first use of sunlight for heat generation was successfully achieved when a Swiss geologist and physicist, Horace Benedict de Saussure, created the first solar oven. He put together a simple pine box with three glass layers. Two smaller boxes were placed inside with black inner coating. When the sun’s rays […]

Oil And Natural Gas 101 – A Little History And A Bit Of Geography

By |August 2nd, 2016|

Did you know that in November, 1973, President Richard Nixon promised Americans energy “independence” within 10 years?

Just to set the stage: Nixon’s announcement came one month after Arab petroleum exporters had placed an oil embargo on the West (including the United States) because of the West’s support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. This […]

What Does the Price of Oil have to do with the Cost of my Electricity?

By |July 5th, 2016|

Price per Barrel of Oil in 2016
Crude oil prices have been hovering recently at the $50 a barrel level. This is a kind of make-break point economically. It’s not a steep enough rise to cripple very fuel-reliant industries like airlines and railroads and it is also a low enough price to boost economic growth in […]

One Happy Customer!

By |April 25th, 2016|

I was talking with one of our CES sales reps the other day and he told me a story about a customer he had helped recently. The conversation sticks with me because I noticed as he told me what he did, that sales rep was truly proud of how he had helped this customer.

I have to […]

Is a 56% Savings on Electricity Even Possible?

By |April 4th, 2016|

One of the reasons we at CES are so successful at what we do is because we truly have the purpose to empower our customers with the information they need to make intelligent energy buying decisions and to get them the best possible rates for their electricity and natural gas in deregulated markets.

Every single sales […]