6. Conduct a thorough search. Go to this website: powertochoose.org. (If you don’t have an Internet connection, visit your public library and ask a librarian for help. Or ask a friend or relative to help you.) Enter your ZIP code and start searching. When you find an offer you like, make sure to go to the company’s website. Sometimes the company’s price might be cheaper than what’s shown on powertochoose.org.
Knowing electricity rate price trend history is valuable information because the rate that you sign up for will be the rate you pay for the length of your contract. If you moved into your home in the summer and you find yourself renewing your electricity plan every summer, you may be paying some of the highest rates offered for power all year long. It might be worth the expense to sign up for a short term plan as a stop gap measure until electricity rates are cheaper once demand isn’t as high.
Fixed-rate, long-term (contract) plans provide stability in electricity rates. If market energy costs suddenly trend upward where you live, you can rest assured that you won’t have to pay more out of pocket. However, if you want to switch to a different, lower-cost plan before the end of the contract term, you’ll likely have to pay a cancellation or early termination fee.