Picking the right energy plan
Much of what energy plan is right for you depends on your usage, but a good way to start is by deciding how much price stability you would like. If you want to profit from market lows and don’t mind a bit of risk, a variable rate plan may be right for you since the rate you pay changes with market demand. If you want a more predictable energy supply, a fixed rate plan is a better option since your rate will be set when you sign your contract and won’t change. For a list of all the options and help deciding, see our energy plan guide.
Moving and switching providers
Energy companies understand that moves happen, so they don’t charge early termination fees for ending your contract early for a move. You can search for a new plan and select the date you want to start service up to 90 days in advance.
If you are not moving but want to switch providers, you’ll need to pay more attention to early termination fees. If you have a variable rate plan, you can usually switch at any time without fees. If you have a longer contract, you can switch up to 14 days before your contract ends without fees.
Whether you are moving or switching, the process is easy. Enter your ZIP code above to see rates and plans in your area. When you find one you like, enter a few details. We’ll send everything to your new provider, and they’ll take it from there. Learn more about switching here or see our moving guide here.
Deposits, credit checks, and set up
Almost all energy companies require that customers undergo a credit check before providing service. They also set certain credit levels that they agree to accept without a deposit. If you fall below this level, you may need to pay a deposit or select a different provider.
When you select a plan, we will let you know if a deposit may be required of you. There are also a few options for energy plans that never require credit checks or deposits, though the rate you pay may be slightly higher. For more information, see our deposits page.
Once you sign up for a plan, your new provider coordinates with your utility company and old provider (if necessary) to manage the set up. Most homes have smart meters, which means your service can be started remotely without a technician visit.