Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Choice?
I've been delving into the process of finding alternate suppliers of electricity and gas, known as "energy choice." Apparently, there are some brave souls out there who have put in a good chunk of their time figuring out where to get the best deal for their electricity and gas needs. It involves calling the various licensed suppliers, getting rate quotes and comparing those to the rate your utility is offering. If you go with the alternates, you can sign up for a variable or fixed rate for a certain number of months. Before you renew, of course, it's wise to make sure you're still getting what you want in terms of price or in terms of sources of energy if renewable energy is a priority. That means going through this whole process maybe once or even twice a year.
I know consumers are all about control and customization these days, but it does take time and research. I tried to liken the whole energy shopping experience to cell phone service. Every two years, I decide whether my plan still works for me and then I shop for a new phone. Should picking an electricity and gas supplier be any different?
Has anyone out there attempted this? If you live in DC, Maryland or Virginia, tell me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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