If you’re one of those people who carefully check your electric bill for additional charges and unnecessary fees, then you’ve probably also tried checking on other companies’ energy rates or prices. Comparing rates or prices of competing energy companies can be really confusing and exhausting since there are so many numbers involved and the actual computation of your electricity usage has long been a wonder to many. When comparing energy rates or energy prices, there are basically two important things you need to know before you go ahead and scout for the best energy company that suits your monthly power consumption needs.
First, you should not stick to the very first set of rates or prices you were able to acquire either by using the Internet or visiting energy
companies in person. Gas and other fuel products have a very unstable market price. The rates change from time to time and there is no telling
when changes are going to be made. If you want to compare rates, then you will need to check on them ever so often. Second, you must have a full understanding of “capped tariffs”.
Capped tariffs are capped or fixed-price products meant to protect the rate of your energy consumption. It means the price of your electricity or gas will not increase above a certain level. However, if the price of gas and electricity decreases, so will your energy rates. This capped tariff runs for a set period of time which is usually between 12 and 24 months.
Because of the wide competition, gas and electricity rates have become significantly cheaper. However, various companies might try to lure you into switching to their company without willingly educating you on the present rates and prices. Some may even fast-talk and push a sale. It is always best to slow down and keep from getting confused when comparing energy prices by knowing your energy consumption beforehand. In this way, you will be able to assess whichever company will be able to give you the rates that suit you best. Customer service is very important to some people while price is most important to others so the importance of customer service is subjective and on a case by case basis.