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What do I need to consider before switching electric companies?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by mom2boys, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. mom2boys

    mom2boys <font color=blue>Horseshoe Mesa - 3 miles, 31 swit

    Aug 17, 1999
    :confused3 Of course, the promo material makes switching look like a no-brainer. The promo material only indicates cost per kilowatt hour. What other expenses should I expect?
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  3. low-key

    low-key DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2011
    you often have to pay a fee for using the main electric company lines, the price will still more often be cheaper but not as good saving as you thought
  4. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    Wow, I've never heard of an area where there is more than one electric company. I don't want to know how they keep one company's electricity seperate from the other company's.
  5. Albort

    Albort ODV Crew

    Oct 9, 2006
    same, only one company here... good thing is that it requires government approval to raise rates... but stuff government with money... umm...
  6. sam_gordon

    sam_gordon DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Is there a "hook up" fee from the new company? A "disconnect" fee from the old? Are the new rates a promo (good for six months or a year, then go up)?
  7. msmayor

    msmayor Finding my beach...

    Jun 29, 2005
    One of the things that keeps me from going to a different electric or gas provider is the loss of the budget plan.

    I LOVE paying a steady amount every month for my utilities. I don't mind that sometimes the utility owes me money at the end of the year or I owe them a little extra. The ability to know ahead of time what my monthly cost is makes budgeting easier.

    In my area, if you switch to another supplier you no longer can be on the budget plan and have to pay actual costs every month.
  8. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Anything "promo" always scares me too. Bottom line is how long is the "promo" and what are the "reg" rates.

    Can the promo rates be cancelled at anytime (by them not you)?

    What if you decide you want to change back, what are the "fees", because there will be a "disconnect fee" and who knows what else? And then what are the fees for hookup back at your old electric company?

    Do they "rent" the "lines" as PP suggested? What if "rent" is raised do they pass that onto you and can raise the rates even with the promo?

    All that ugly fine print they don't want you to read....like side effects from drugs.:lmao:
  9. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

    Apr 20, 2000
    Here in Chicago area, there is only one deliverer of power, Comm Ed. However, there are many suppliers of the electricity itself. And many of the suburbs, mine included, have worked to get consolidated electricity supply alternatives on a village/town-wide basis. The process typically is started with a voted referendum to seek a change. I think all have passed, I know our town passed its referendum. The village then goes out to the market to get the best deal they can for the people of the town. Once selected, it then becomes an opt out procedure. If you do not opt out, the new supplier will automatically become your new supplier of power in several months. We voted back in Feb, our new supplier starts next month. The power cost will be about 40% less. The delivery charge will stay the same since it is still Comm Ed. The bill will continue to come from Comm Ed, any service calls will still be Comm Ed.

    I would say most of the towns/villages around here have done similar.

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