To enroll with an electric company, your credit history will be reviewed. Be sure to have your driver’s license number or social security number handy when completing your enrollment on the electricity provider’s secure site. Electricity companies have different credit requirements and change them periodically. At most, the electricity provider may request a deposit equal to two months of estimated billing.
The nice thing about choosing a fixed, long-term contract is that your electric rates are more stable. This means that if there’s a sudden rise in energy you won’t find yourself responsible for a higher bill. However, you do need to realize that the opposite is also true: If electricity rates suddenly decrease, you’re locked into a contract and can’t switch to a lower rate plan without paying either a cancellation or early termination fee.
Unlike with long-term plans, monthly, variable rate (no-contract) plans have no cancellation fees. You won’t have to pay a penalty if you decide to take your business elsewhere because you found a better deal. Plus, you won’t be left paying more than you should if the market rate for energy trends down. However, if the market prices rise, you’ll have to pay more than those who are in-contract.