Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Choosing your energy provider

Disclosure: I received product and/or compensation in exchange for this sponsored post.

Photo by Robert Lynch

Remember how simple life used to be. Back when we didn't have so many darned choices. But having choices can be good, especially when it can save you money and/or let you live according to your convictions.

Energy choice was something I hadn't given much thought to. Then I talked to an electric company rep at the Allegheny Green and Innovation Festival and learned that having a choice is a good thing. I was able to go with a green energy company and not only save money, but do my part in saving the environment as well.

In addition to environmental standards, there are a few other things you should look for in a utility company. 

1. An Established Brand

One of the first things you want to look for in a utility company is an established brand. While this can have a broad definition, it typically refers to a company that has been in operation for several years and has maintained a stellar reputation for offering the public excellent products, expedient services, and cost-effective rates. When you start your search for an established brand in New York, consider Columbia Utilities. This company has been in operation since 1938 and has a reputation for offering great services to great people. 

2. Reasonable Prices

Most of us are on the look out for ways to save money. Although you're probably interested in getting dependable energy services, undoubtedly, you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for them. In recognizing this reality, it's important that you carefully compare the costs and fees charged by several utility companies before you determine whose services to use. This way, you'll be able to get the most cost-effective pricing on the market. Also keep in mind that the utility industry is highly competitive, which means some companies may be willing to match or beat the prices of other brands in order to attain and retain your business.

3. An excellent Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating

One final characteristic you definitely want to look for in a utility company is an excellent BBB rating. The BBB has earned a solid reputation for providing consumers with excellent, accurate information regarding how effective specific companies are in operating within the marketplace in an ethical manner. For this reason, it's a good idea to visit their website and see if the utility company you're interested in has attained a favorable rating from them. 

When it's time for you to start investing in utility services, it's important for you to locate an energy provider who will offer you the absolutely amazing services you deserve. To make it happen, be sure that you check out the above recommendations as a start.

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