New York State Senator offers strategy to confront high electricity bills

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New York state Senator George Maziarz issued an op-ed, informing constituents about the opportunity to shop for energy.  Shopping for energy empowers consumers to make smart decisions about their energy purchases….

Posted by George D. Maziarz on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

While this bitter winter is hopefully behind us, there is no doubt that one of its most harmful effects still lingers—high energy bills.

I have heard from many constituents who have seen major spikes in their utility bills in recent weeks. People are understandably upset, and they want to know what they can do about it.

One thing you can do lower your energy bill is consider buying your supply of energy from a different company. It may surprise you to learn that the utility is not the only game in town.

Since the deregulation of New York’s energy industry in the late 1990s, local residents have had the option of purchasing their natural gas or electricity supply from their utility company or from ESCOs.  The addition of ESCOs has made the energy market competitive, and you can do your research to look for better deals and lower prices.

What is an ESCO? An ESCO is a company you can purchase your energy from, other than your main utility distributor, that may offer lower supply costs. Most energy bills are divided into two parts—supply and delivery.  So while you may pay delivery costs to a company like National Grid, you are not required to purchase your supply of energy from them.

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