BALTIMORE (WJZ)–A frigid December means some big energy bills this month. But Suzanne Collins talks to a family that has figured out a way to bring down their utility bills.

The Hurley family has a new baby in the house, so saving money is smart and necessary. One of the biggest bills is for electricity in a big Ashburton house.

”When we first moved in the first winter, we had bills averaging $700 a month,” said Cheo Hurley.

Hurley researched buying electricity from an alternate company. After switching, the bills dropped on average more than $100 a month.

“I’m happy I did it,” Hurley said. “I’m just worried when my one-year contract ends that the prices haven’t risen too high.”

The Hurley family’s budget billing amount prior to the switch in July– when the air conditioner was working overtime– amounted to $516.36. This month’s budget billing amount is $361.95.

Instead of paying 11.9 cents a kilowatt-hour, the cost is 9.7 cents.

About 200,000 Marylanders have now switched energy suppliers. That’s two out of every 10 BGE customers.

“You’re still going [to] have your power restored by BGE, all the pipes and wires, still maintained by BGE,” said Rob Gould, BGE spokesperson.

The company is encouraging people to shop around, just like you do for cell phone or Internet service.

There are lots of ads out there. Let’s say you switch. You might think BGE might be upset with you because you’re no longer buying power from them, but a spokesman says absolutely not.

“It’s not something to be fearful,” Gould said. “It’s something customers should be looking for and trying to get the best price in this environment.”

And everyone likes saving money.

The Hurley family still uses BGE Peak Rewards, budget billing and BGE’s appliance service plan.

Comments (14)
  1. Doug says:

    Guess I’ll freeze and go hungry

  2. Jim Gumbel says:

    I just signed up for 9.3 cents per KWH, almost 1 penny less per KWH than BGE’s current price tocompare, and my selection wasn’t even the cheapest. I selected a combination of traditional and green power that increased the cost a bit. At last check, the lowest I found was 8.9 cent/KWH. That’s more than 10% off BGE’s rate. I don’t understand why people want to give them free money.

  3. J says:

    Great piece. The Hurleys are saving on energy with Check it out!

  4. Deb says:

    BGE doesn’t care if you change suplliers. Their money iis made in the distribution charge. Check your bill. I was told by them this is how they make their money and they sure do. My gas charge was $122.00 but the distrubution charge was $75.00. The electric chaarge was $97.00, the distribution was $34.00. My son is selling his home and not currently residing there but kept the power on, his gas was $3.00 but the distribution was $15.00, electric was $7.00, distribution was $9.00. I understand everyone needs to make a profit but this does seem excessive. Maybe we need another supplier in Maaryland.

  5. PEC says:

    I saved on too! Its a one stop shop to search for alternative suppliers.

  6. Rodney Wren says:

    Check out this link. You can earn FREE energy.

  7. Michael says:

    BGE customers can get their electricity supply for 9.3 cents per kWh, which is 8% less than what BGE is charging. When you choose an alternative supplier, BGE still delivers the electricity, responds to emergencies, and handles the billing as before. None of that changes – except that you pay a lower price for your elecytricity. There is no service interruption. Nothing is connected or disconnected.

    To understand how this is done and to see the price difference, go to . It takes about four minutes and costs you nothing to lower the price of your electricity.

  8. Michelle says:

    I saw that Blue Dot Services provides energy at $0.0895 per kWh – that’s the lowest I’ve found. You can sign up for it here:

    1. Ken says:

      Atlantic Energy Resources currently offers the lowest rate, however, it is not published, you will need to call for special the rate

  9. Nick Arbutina says:

    Ambit Energy supplies energy at $.0933/kWh. They are the only company that guarantees a savings in writing and offers a program for FREE ENERGY. Go to:

    1. marc says:

      Thats for the 1st two months.

  10. carl says:

    compare your States rates at TOO SAVE!!!

  11. Rich says:

    Energy rates can vary significantly from different suppliers. It is important to compare the rates per KWH. This allows you to compare each provider on an equal basis. The rates can also increase significantly from one year to the next, so make sure to check every so often.

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