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How many of you live in deregulated energy markets, by chance? If you're not familiar with them, the way they work is pretty simple. Just like deregulation across other industries, deregulated energy markets spread the regulatory power for your electricity service across a few different areas rather than condensing it all under one body. Basically, deregulated markets like Pennsylvania and Texas allow citizens to choose an energy supplier, and then have their electricity delivered to their home through the utility company's power lines.

At its essence, deregulation is a consumer-friendly concept. In deregulated markets, you're not confined to one preset price for electricity; you can shop between multiple offerings. And to boot, all these different energy suppliers generally boast a little something extra to attract customers (that could be green energy options, special promotions, lower rates or any number of perks).

If you're moving to deregulated market or your area is in the midst of adopting deregulation, shopping between electric suppliers might seem like a foreign concept to you. Don't worry though! It's really not all that hard to make the comparison. A great place to start is by visiting a marketplace like SaveOnEnergy.com. There, you can punch in your zip code and stack up all the top options in your locale so you can make an apples-to-apples judgement.

Happy shopping!

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Comment by Tom DelConte on December 19, 2012 at 11:15am

Great Post, Kristina. Electric dereg is a wonderful thing, however, it has one big bugaboo: most people don't and won't do it! False statistics are given out by the public agencies for participation. I have asked about 2000 people at this point, and no one does it, due to fear of not getting service. None of this takes away from your timely post. t

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