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Energy Rates

Routine Care Task

Shop around for better energy rates and service


With competition, you may be able to find better prices and better services for your energy commodities.


March (yearly)

NOTE: The tasks and timings shown here for your Energy Rates are based on a single-family home (owned), located in Massachusetts, United States, with priority set at ‘1 star' or higher, for all possible goals.

If you set your personalization differently in your Home Wizard app, then you may get reminders for different tasks and timings in your recommended home care program for your Energy Rates.

How To

energy rates care This task involves exploring opportunities for better prices and service for your energy needs:

- Electricity

- Natural gas

- Heating oil

- Propane

To get started, make a list of potential suppliers of energy that you use in your home. To develop this list, look in your local yellow pages, contact your town or city, talk to neighbors, check on the Internet, etc.

For both electricity and gas, find out if your rates are lower at different times of the day. If so, you can schedule to use your high energy-using appliances (dishwasher, shower, clothes dryer, etc) at times of the day that will cost you less.

If your state has begun deregulation of electricity or natural gas, you may be able to purchase your energy from a non-regulated third-party supplier with lower prices. Check with your state energy commission to determine if your state has begun deregulation and if this is an option.

When you consider different suppliers, your evaluation of suppliers should consider price, reliability and service.

Helpful Accessories

Kill-A-Watt Electricity Monitor
Kill-A-Watt Electricity Monitor

Allows you to check the energy use of anything that can be plugged into an outlet  >
consumer reviews,  choices,  prices
Home Energy Detective
Home Energy Detective

Great for monitoring and managing your whole house energy usage  >
consumer reviews,  choices,  prices
Home Energy Audit Kit
Home Energy Audit Kit

Infrared temperature monitor for conducting a do-it-yourself home energy audit  >
consumer reviews,  choices,  prices


  • Saving Money (beyond energy)
  • Energy Savings

The benefits of this task will depend on how energy competition has developed in your particular state.


The cost of this task is relatively high from an investment in time standpoint. It could take several hours to do the appropriate research and analysis.