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Door to door solicitation to switch gas provider

Anyone switching from Columbia Gas to another company to save money? Can't get past a company paying someone to talk you into paying less. What are my options? Is this for real or a scam.

created by Trilby on Jul 28, 2009 at 03:53:09 pm     Business     Comments: 5

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I signed up with a kid who knocked on my door about ten years ago, and ended up saving a lot of money. I signed up and locked into a low rate for the gas for three years, and gas went way up in that time period. Dumb luck.

posted by JohnnyMac on Jul 28, 2009 at 04:18:31 pm     #  

Nice guy was here and offered me 75 cents per ccf, so I went to get my last bill and compare. had to show him I was already paying 75 cents thru Columbia, which was a shock to me and him, too. He said have a nice day and moved on.

posted by nana on Jul 30, 2009 at 07:50:13 pm     #  

There is more to consider than just the rate per ccf too. Are they offering a fixed rate or a variable rate? How long are you locked into that company and if you want to cancel what is the cancellation fee? The PUCO has an "Apple to Apples" comparison chart and a conversion calculator. Frankly, I found it a bit confusing going from one chart to another. Easy enough to get the rate, but not easy to get the contract terms. Not something you'd want to do on the "fly" while the guy is standing at the door. They also have a list of companies that are currently actively soliciting new customers.

http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/applestoapples/index.cfm

Some authoritative sources say that while demand for natural gas will drop in the near future the cost will rise.

http://paguntaka.org/2009/07/10/review-and-demand-prediction-on-natural-gas-and-coal-for-energy/

http://www.eia.doe.gov/steo

This is probably a good time to do a little homework and maybe make a change.

posted by holland on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:43:16 pm     #  

Literally the day I was moving into my apartment some college age kids where walking around asking for this very thing.

About a month or so later another batch showed up in the neighborhood, and by that time I had a bill.

Can't say if it's a scam or legit. But regardless my gas bill is only 29-33 a month. See no reason to change it to save a buck or two.

Meanwhile my electricity bill went from ~50 to $179 due to the AC. Wonder if they cover that too?

posted by INeedCoffee on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:06:10 pm     #  

Yup. You can get all the info you need about electric rates and electricity suppliers at the PUCO's web site.

posted by holland on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:09:41 pm     #