Changes only get made when enough people care about an issue and put their heads together to form a collective solution. For the people in my neighborhood, the problem was the high prices that we were paying on our energy bills. No matter what we did to use less energy, the prices would never budge. We had a suspicion that the power company was monitoring our energy usage incorrectly, but we couldn’t prove it. We held a meeting to find a solution, and discovered that we all had the power to choose Texas energy companies besides the one that we had grown dissatisfied with over the years.
The idea that we could even move to another company was something that we hadn’t considered, because we weren’t aware of the existence of any other companies. The concept of another company bringing energy to our homes was hard to wrap our heads around, but it was possible. I wonder if our energy company had done something to prevent us from knowing about the other companies. I’ve never seen any advertisements for these other companies on television or through the mail. The power company would have to pay every local television station a