Liz Crenshaw & Patti Petitte
Door-to-door salesmen, telephone calls and direct mail, all trying to sell you electricity or natural gas. The pitches promise to save you money. They are called alternative energy suppliers. There have been more than 1,000 consumer complaints about them to Maryland and D.C. authorities so far this year, and we've been receiving emails asking whether these companies are real and are the deals worth it. CLICK HERE for a list of legitimate suppliers.
Door-to-door salesmen, telephone calls and direct mail all pitch promises to save you money on electricity or natural gas, but there are lots of complaints and confusion.
If you live in D.C. or Maryland, you can choose your electricity or natural gas supplier.
Virginia residents can only choose an alternate gas supplier. Electricity is not deregulated.
Here is a list of legitimate energy suppliers in the area: