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How to Compare Alternative Energy Suppliers

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    High utility bills can bust your budget. So, Alternative energy suppliers want your business, they solicit consumers and sell cheaper rates. But before you sign up, Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has a warning. (Published Friday, April 24, 2015)

    High utility bills can bust your budget. Meanwhile, alternative energy suppliers, also known as third-party companies, solicit consumers and often sell cheaper rates.

    But before you sign up, read the fine print and compare the rates to your public utility.

    A variable rate and can change at any time, while a fixed rate will lock you in at a rate for the duration of the contract, but may roll over to a variable rate after that.

    Here are some helpful links where you can compare rates and find more information:

    Maryland:
    -- Electricity & natural gas suppliers: click here

    Virginia:
    -- Electricity & natural gas suppliers: click here

    District of Columbia:
    -- Gas: click here

    -- Electric: click here (PDF)