MOUNT VERNON — For consumers, flipping an electric switch makes them think twice these days as a result of the utility’s deregulation. Consumer awareness of the options and costs could save them money.
Ohioans have been able to choose their electric supplier for the past 13 years, since Am. S.B. 3 was signed into law, but understanding the choice can be daunting.
As Patty Patete of Knox County said, “I don’t understand the bill. It’s hard to figure out.”
Residential electric customers can take four steps to identify how much they are currently paying, what their choices are, and if changing suppliers is a smart move. However, a fee may be accessed for changing companies.
The place to start is with understanding your electric bill. The bill will have a “Price to Compare” amount listed. That amount will be listed as a per kilowatt hour amount. With that price in hand, go the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s website (www.puco.ohio.gov) to check their “Apples to Apples” comparison chart.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio provides an explanation for bills issued by Ohio electric suppliers. The information is located on their website at http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/consumer-information/consumer-topics/understanding-your-electric-bill/. Customers can click on the appropriate company.
Remember, though, that two Knox County municipalities participate in government aggregation programs. Fredericktown and Mount Vernon residents allow their local councils to negotiate for their electric service and Centerburg is considering putting the issue on a 2013 ballot.
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