Choosing Your Electric Supplier

Choosing Your Electric Supplier

(AP) -- With electricity deregulation a fact of life in many states, consumers can cut their utility costs by choosing the supplier that best meets their needs.

There are online calculators that help consumers find the electricity suppliers in their area and how much they charge.

Wattage Monitor, for example, asks consumers to just enter their zip code in order to get a list of electricity suppliers and their rates.

A company spokeswoman says the average savings are about ten percent. She says a five dollar monthly savings seems to be enough to convince consumers to at least investigate changing suppliers.

The company will provide the same information on the phone.

Similar programs are available in different states through different Web sites.

In Ohio, for example, the Ohio Consumers Counsel has launched a price calculator on its Web site through a partnership with Wattage Monitor.

Remember that deregulation only means you have a choice of who supplies electricity. That's not the company that services your electric lines or that sends the power to you.

All those costs should be listed separately on your electric bill.

(Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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