How to Choose an Energy Supplier When You Move- Local MovingS

Make sure you do your homework on how to choose a new energy supplier when you move before you get stuck with an expensive tariff when you move to a new home.

If you live in one of the 15 states where energy is deregulated, you may be able to save upwards of 20% on your monthly electricity bill by switching energy providers.

The idea of switching energy providers can be potentially confusing if not downright intimidating. This guide makes it easy to get you up to speed. It will walk you through all the different variables you’ll want to consider when comparing different providers.

When selecting an energy provider (also called service provider, or simply “supplier”) there are three different factors you’ll want to look at: the supplier’s reputation, the rate, and the length of the plan.

Supplier Reputation

There are hundreds of energy suppliers out there, and it can be overwhelming to select a one for the first time. That’s especially true since some energy providers engage in deceptive marketing tactics, offering super-low “teaser” rates that go up after a few months or by hiding significant fees or charges. Because energy deregulation is so new, shady operators have the opportunity to take advantage of consumer confusion.

Luckily for you, Choose Energy does all the vetting for you. We sift through each plan offered by each energy provider and only offer you ones without hidden teaser rates. We also make sure to clearly identify any additional charges or fees so that there won’t be any surprises later on down the line. Other Choose Energy users also provide ratings and reviews for different suppliers so you can see how responsive they are to their customers.


The second factor to consider in selecting an energy provider is whether you want a variable of a fixed rate.

With a fixed rate, you’ll pay the same price for each kilowatt-hour throughout the length of your plan. This is typically a better plan if you use the majority of your energy during “peak” (daytime) hours. With this kind of plan, you’ll have more stable bills, making it easier to predict your energy costs. Moreover, because the rate is locked in, you’ll be protected against any upswings in energy costs.

With a variable-rate plan, your rate per kilowatt-hour will change monthly according to the market price. While you could pay more for electricity if energy prices go up, you could also end up saving more if they go down. You can also save more with a variable rate plan if you use less energy during peak hours. Typically, large commercial customers who use a lot of energy opt for the variable-rate plan because it allows them to schedule their greatest energy use for the times of day when energy is the cheapest.

Plan Length

The final differentiating factor in selecting an energy provider is the plan length. It can be intimidating trying to select a six-, 12-, or 24-month plan. Whether you choose a short- or long-term plan depends entirely on your appetite for risk.

Each time you sign up for a fixed-rate energy plan, you agree to pay the current market price for the length of the agreement. So, if prices have gone down, you can potentially save a lot of money over your previous plan and you’d likely want to get a longer-term plan. If prices have gone up, however, you’ll be paying significantly more for energy.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that rates for shorter-term plans are slightly higher than rates for longer-term ones.

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We are committed to moving you safely. In these unprecedented times, we take our role as essential service providers very seriously. We will continue to provide services while following recommendations from the CDC and the WHO while working to protect our customers and front-line employees.

Limiting in-person contact is the best practice when limiting the spread of COVID-19. While our business requires we enter the residence to provide packing and loading services, we can conduct the quote process via virtual survey.  While the staff is working remotely, they are available to customers, agents and drivers during the same business hours and in the same manner as if they were working in the office.

As you plan and prepare for your move, here are some steps you can take:


  • Rather than greeting the crew with handshakes, greet them in some other way, verbally for instance.
  • To ensure everyone’s health and safety, if you or anyone within your household may have contracted Coronavirus, or are isolating due to exposure to the virus, call us and explain the situation; in many cases, we will try to work with you
  • If you must cancel your move, be sure to ask questions about how we are managing cancellations now
  • Your health and the health of your family is important. If you are in a vulnerable group, over 60 or have a compromised immune system, schedule your move after the pandemic is over if it is at all possible.
  • Provide the moving crew access to a sink, soap and paper towels throughout your move. If this isn’t practical, and it is readily available, provide hand sanitizer
  • Purchase new moving boxes and tape; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes from online sources and free sites or from stores
  • If you have not already purchased food for the next couple of weeks, you’ll want to stock up on items that you eat regularly. Any shelf-stable items can be donated to Move For Hunger before your move to lighten your load
  • When moving long distances, you may want to fly in to meet your moving truck. Be sure that you book refundable plane tickets and select hotels that offer free cancellation. Ask about cancellation policies before you book, and remember to read