Comparing Your Electric Choices
Consumers are contacted by energy marketers on the phone, at the door and in the mail. Have you been contacted about switching to an energy marketer? It’s common because Ohio consumers have an energy choice to make: who will supply my electricity?
With energy choice, consumers may choose to have their electricity supplied by their utility company. Consumers also have the option to sign a contract with an electric marketer or join an aggregated community. Consumers are not required to switch to a marketer or join an aggregated community. There are opportunities to save money on electricity with a marketer or aggregation, but this is not guaranteed.
Electric choice is offered by American Electric Power Ohio, AES Ohio (formerly Dayton Power & Light), Duke Energy Ohio and First Energy Companies. Energy choice is not available to consumers of municipal power systems, members of co-ops or consumers enrolled in energy assistance programs like the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus).
To see if switching to an energy marketer or aggregator is right for you, start by checking the “Price to Compare” on your electric bill. This is the amount your utility company charges to deliver your energy. To save consumers money, a marketer or aggregator must offer the same service at a rate lower than the Price to Compare. Pay attention to every bill because the Price to Compare can change every month and is different than the Standard Choice Offer rate on your natural gas bill. Refer to several bills to calculate an average before comparing with a marketer’s offer.
For information on natural gas, visit the OCC’s website for comparing your natural gas choices.
- The Standard Offer is a dependable option for saving money on electricity
- Establishing Electric and Natural Gas Service - Learn about procedures and policies for setting up your utility services.
- Energy Choice 101 - Understand the energy options available to you: choosing a marketer, joining an aggregated group or staying with your current provider.
- Consumer Protections in Energy Choice - Know your rights and what to expect when discussing energy options with a marketer, salesperson or telemarketer.
- Standard Choice Offer (SCO) FAQs - Consumers are unlikely to save money by switching from the Standard Choice Offer. These fact sheets explain what the Standard Choice Offer means and where to find it on your natural gas bill.
- Electric Bill Made Easy - Learning to read an electric bill is an important part of being an educated consumer of electricity. The bill is required to include several pieces of information to help consumers know how much electricity they have used and how much it will cost them.
- Electric Meter Reading - Knowing how to read an electric meter is easy to learn and a valuable skill to have as an educated utility consumer. Consumers who can read their meter can effectively monitor their usage, and avoid being overcharged or undercharged for their electric usage.
Historical Regulated Standard Service Offer Rates. Based on current rates and these historical rates, consumers are unlikely to save money by switching from the Standard Service Offer (SSO).
- AES Ohio
- AEP Ohio
- Duke Energy Ohio
- FirstEnergy Ohio
Additional Resources from the PUCO