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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.

El Niño Versus La Niña and the Polar Vortex

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Energy News|

You no doubt have heard much discussion of the effects of El Nin᷉o and La Nin᷉a on our weather patterns and how these phenomena are used to predict weather—like the number of hurricanes in a season, how cold the winter will be or how hot the summer will be. Let’s start with defining these two [...]

Weather, Energy Demand, Coal & Natural Gas – What Does It All Mean?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Electricity, Natural Gas|

There are many factors that have an influence on the demand for energy. A big one is the weather. Colder weather increases residential and commercial heating demand. The Farmers’ Almanac is telling us that during the winter of 2016 we’re going to see unseasonably mild temperatures with occasional shots of bitter cold in much of [...]

A 15-Year Outlook on Energy Prices – The Clean Power Plan

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 October 31st, 2015|Energy News|

On August 3rd of this year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration announced the final version of The Clean Power Plan, a policy aimed at combating global warming that was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014. In his announcement, the president stated that the plan includes the first standards [...]

What Impacts the Price of Electricity and Natural Gas?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Electricity, Natural Gas, Uncategorized|

At CES we help you find the best rate for your electricity and natural gas in the current market. Now, you might ask, what does that mean actually? Well, the fact is that pricing of electricity and natural gas is constantly changing. So a quote you get today might be different next week. Typically, up [...]

The Story of a Parking Garage and Its Lighting

By | 2015-09-03T21:25:52+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business, LED Lighting, Uncategorized|

I have written in the past about the virtues of upgrading a commercial property to LED lighting. I want to now give you a specific example of a project that demonstrates overall savings on a realistic level—let’s talk about a parking garage. The four important pieces of information that must be gathered to calculate the savings [...]

Surprisingly, U.S. Natural Gas Production Hitting All-Time Highs

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Energy News, Natural Gas|

The current low prices for natural gas in the U.S. make it very difficult for companies to spend money on more drilling. And yet, the U.S. is producing more natural gas than ever in 2015. In fact, the government's Energy Information Administration forecasts a 5.4% increase in output this year compared to 2014. However, the new [...]

Save Big On Maintenance Costs By Retrofitting Your Business Lighting to LED

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business, Energy Efficiency Tips, LED Lighting|

A lot of people don’t realize the significance of the long-term savings that switching to LED can provide. First of all, switching to LED bulbs will have an immediate impact on your electric bill. Lighting costs tend to be a large portion of the bill. LED bulbs use 50% to 90% LESS electricity than traditional [...]

Is It Possible Your Company Is Being Overcharged On Its Utility Bills?

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:37+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business|

Yes! It’s entirely possible! Approximately 70% of companies are overcharged on their utility bills. And a whopping 90% of non-profits are overcharged! All the way back in 1986 a U.S. House Ways and Means Committee study found that in a single year, public utility companies had overbilled their customers by approximately $19 billion. In today’s [...]

Save Energy, Save Taxes

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:37+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Energy Efficiency for Business|

At Consumer Energy Solutions we are always researching how our commercial customers can save money and take advantage of energy efficiency programs available to them. One great tax deduction that is often very misunderstood and underused is the Energy-Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction which is in the current IRS Tax Laws at Section 179D. This [...]

Four Easy Steps to Calculate How Much You’ll Save with an LED Upgrade

By | 2017-09-26T12:03:37+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Energy Efficiency Tips, LED Lighting|

Okay, by now you know that LED lighting is more energy efficient—in fact it’s the state of the art of lighting. Most of us know that LED lighting will save money on the electric utility bill, but most do not know how much money will be saved by upgrading their facility to LED lighting or [...]