Ohio electricity was deregulated in 1997; allowing Ohio citizens multiple choices of electricity providers. However, after almost two decades, it still isn’t particularly easy for residents to understand the deregulated energy market; it remains complex and complicated.
Lower electric bills, obviously, is the primary goal of most Ohio residents when shopping around for a new electricity provider, but lowering the electricity bill involves more than choosing a company with lower supply and delivery rates.
Low rates are important, of course, but more important in the long run is working with an energy company that understands the deregulated market, and that has the expertise to help you identify energy wasters. Making your home more energy-efficient is the key to long-term, lifelong savings, no matter what company provides your electricity.
Look for a company that offers years of experience advising consumers about strategies that save energy and money, and a company that offers budgetary plans that fit your home’s energy needs. Seek out energy companies focused as much on customer service and finding affordable energy solutions for your home as they are on keeping rates competitive.
Clearly, choosing a company based on low rates alone isn’t enough. Electricity, like all energy industries, is subject to fluctuating prices due to supply and demand. Guard against unpredictable energy costs and choose a company that provides competitive pricing along with energy audits and sound advice.