Our electric bill is always higher in the winter. We heat with wood but the blower for the furnace (forced hot air) is run by electricity. Considering it is Maine, the heater runs almost constantly from October-March/April. Usually my April power bill is lower than previous few months as we aren’t running the furnace constantly. So imagine my surprise when it was $50 higher than I expected. That was when I started doing some research.
A few years ago Maine started allowing competing supplier for electricity. At that point in time, there was only one other option than the standard offer and it was much cheaper than the standard offer. I never thought to check again. After lamenting the massive electricity bill on Facebook, one of my friends mentioned that she had had a similar issue and the problem was that this particular company was now more than double the standard offer. I found a website that lists all the current electricity supplier prices. Sure enough, out of all the supplier options we now have, the standard offer was now have.
I made a phone call to the supplier I was using and was able to switch back to the standard offer with very little trouble. They did try to convince me to stay but they didn’t try overly hard. I did have one more high bill due to where in my billing cycle I called (this time $80 more than normal. Yikes!) but the following month it was definitely more what I would expect for the time of year. The one piece of advice I was given was to shop around again in the fall. The prices tend to go up in the fall/winter.Save on your power bill with one simple phone call Click To Tweet
If you live in a state with multiple electricity supplier, be sure to check every few months, at least once a year, to be sure you are getting the best deal you can. It is truly amazing how quickly a few cents per kilowatt hour can add up.Come party with me! Here are all the link parties I do each week.