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How to Shop for Energy

Did you know that you can choose your energy provider? Did you also know that partnering with the right energy services company can help you gain a competitive advantage?

At Vanguard, we realize that shopping for energy can be challenging and confusing. So we recommend the following steps to make the process easier.

Navigating the Energy Shopping Process

Step 1: Identify the Commodity

Do you want to shop for natural gas? Electricity? Both? Identifying the energy commodities you need is your first step in finding the right energy provider for your business. 

Step 2: Understand Your Current Rates and Contract, if Any

What are you currently paying? If you are buying energy from your utility, review your latest bill. Ignore the delivery charges and identify the energy rates – therms for natural gas and KWh for electricity. If you are buying energy from a non-utility energy provider, identify the energy rates and the length of your current contract. 

Step 3: Identify Other Potential Providers

While your energy can only be delivered by the utilities (because they own the physical delivery infrastructure of pipes, wires, and meters), your energy can be purchased from a variety of state certified energy suppliers.

Step 4: Create a Short List

Once you have identified other potential energy suppliers, what criteria should you use to shorten the list and choose an energy provider? At Vanguard we recommend comparing the combination of reputation, dependability, market expertise, product offerings, flexibility, customer service, and price.

Step 5: Make Your Choice and Make the Switch

We hope you will choose Vanguard as your energy partner. If you are ready to make the switch:

  • Contact us to request a quote if you are a commercial or industrial business
  • Make the switch online if you are a small business1 customer currently with Nicor or Peoples Gas

If you’re shopping for exceptional products, pricing, reputation, and customer service, Vanguard Energy Services is the energy provider for you.

Start your Vanguard energy price management solution today ›

1Average monthly energy expenditures $1,500 or less