Choosing a gas or power provider can sound like a daunting task. But, with an arsenal of tips at your side, you are bound to find an company that can meet your needs. Just make sure you think long and hard- after all, it is a big decision.
First, you will want to start thinking about which plan is best for you based on your needs. How long will you be in the home you are in or have just purchased? Choosing a longer term plan will help you pretty much set it and forget it. If you choose a plan that is 24 months long or 36 months long this will help with that as well as will mitigate the risk of the price fluctuating due to market constraint or pressure.
You will also want to consider how big your home is. If you live in a smaller apartment, you will probably only be using 500 kWh a month. In a small home, however, you will probably be using 1,000 kWh a month. A big home, one with a pool, will cost you and your family about 2,000 kWh a month. Remember that pricing varies on the size of your home, so it’s definitely a dynamic you will want to take into account.
You will also want to consider what the greenest option is. You can choose a renewable energy source to be the power supplier for your home if you so choose. And what’s convenient about using a green electric provider is that they will do the sourcing for you. Yep, that’s right. They will utilize solar panels, wind turbines and other energy sources to provide you with the best, and most responsibly conceived, power.
You may also consider incentives when deciding upon an electric plan. Some plans may offer thermostats or other offers. And while the initial prize is nice, make sure there’s nothing these electric companies are covering with it. What you’re after is coverage and consistency.
When considering all of these options, you may come across the term “variable rate plans.” So what is that exactly? Well, a variable rate plan is a plan with no monthly contract or cancellation fee. The rate instead is paid per kWh, and subsequently varies a bit from month to month. Your rate is dependent upon the market value and discretion of electric company. This is advantageous because as customers can switch anytime, companies have more of an incentive to keep the pricing and rates low for their coverage.
You will also want to make sure you are asking your future gas or power provider the right questions, which may include:
- How much is my bill going to be?
- How much energy will I probably be using monthly?
- What’s my rate per kilowatt hour (kWh)?
- How much of the energy or electricity comes from renewable sources?
- Is there a cancellation fee?
Luckily, if you are in the Arizona or New York areas, you don’t have to go through all of this to find a superb electric provider. City Power and Gas can provide you with the electric service and advantageous pricing you need!