You’ve done your research, did the comparison shopping and selected an energy supplier. Congrats! Now what do you do? First, you can rest easy knowing the local utility will still reliably deliver energy to your home or business. This, along with many other items, remain the same when you choose an energy supplier. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:
Your switch to an energy supplier should be seamless. Once you’ve enrolled with a supplier, or switched from one supplier to another, you will not be required to notify the utility or the previous supplier. All necessary communication happens in the background between the supplier(s) and utility.
Your local utility will determine your start date with your new supplier. Be aware – some suppliers will charge a penalty fee for terminating your contract before it expires. If you are in a contract with a supplier who will implement an early termination fee, you may not want to switch to another supplier until the expiration date of your current contract.
Your utility still provides essential services. Your utility continues to seamlessly deliver energy to your home or business without interruption, reads your meter, maintains and repairs power lines and handles emergencies and power outages. The utility will continue to send your bill, but the generation charge will now come from your supplier and will listed as a separate line item.
Your supplier will help you renew your contract. Working with a supplier will allow you to select a rate and term of your choice. When it’s time for you to renew your contact, your supplier should work proactively with you to make that process easy. At AEP Energy, we reach out to our customers with a competitive renewal offer months before your contract end date.
Your utility and supplier are available to answer your questions. Contact your utility with questions about billing and to report power outages or power line repair requests. Contact your supplier to renew your contract or if there are questions about the generation supply portion of your bill.
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