Who wouldn’t want to reduce his utility bill and help the environment at the same time? The good news is that it might just be possible, with the Ohio-based supplier Energy Harbor, offering low-cost, low-carbon rates in 4 US states.
About Energy Harbor
Based in Akron, Ohio, Energy Harbor is a privately owned, independent power producer and a retail energy supplier supplying customers in the deregulated states of Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania with low-cost, low-carbon electricity.
Formerly knowns as FirstEnergy Solutions, The company has electricity rates for both residential and business customers. In addition to independent plans, it runs Community Aggregation programs, allowing local municipalities to choose their energy provider as a single group, often for very competitive prices.
Why Choose Energy Harbor
Carbon-free power - Despite operating coal plants, the company claims that the generated energy is 90% carbon-free, due to 4 nuclear reactors it maintains. Households and businesses can purchase Emission Free Energy Certificates (EFECs) to offset the carbon footprint by subsidizing the energy generated by the nuclear plants.
Cheap electricity rates - Energy Harbor electricity plans for residential customers range from 4.70 cents per kilowatt-hour in Ohio to 7.50 cents per kilowatt-hour in Pennsylvania, which is well below the average. Customers can lock the rate for between six and 18 months.
Community Aggregation - Energy Harbor runs community aggregation programs allowing municipalities to choose a provider as a single customer, often for very competitive prices. Find out if your community is eligible for this program on the supplier's website.
Energy Harbor Electricity Rates
The formerly known FirstEnergy Solutions supplies electricity to customers in the deregulated states of Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. However, Energy Harbor by far isn’t the only one. If you live in one of the four states, you can switch your supply to one of the many competitive retail electricity suppliers.
Why would you switch? The state utility companies have what’s called a monopoly and as a result, they are allowed to hike up the rates and make electricity more expensive for the customer to finance their investments.
Energy Harbor Energy Services
Whether you are a residential or a commercial customer, there are the solutions that Energy Harbor has on offer for you:
Energy Harbor offers simple and affordable 12, 18, 24, or 36-month rates so that your bill can stay the same despite fluctuating wholesale energy prices. You can also choose one of the clean energy plans for your home, reducing your carbon footprint, and supporting renewable generation.
To sign up, simply enter your zip code and compare the plans against the price per kilowatt-hour that you are currently paying with your utility.
In addition, Energy Harbor wants to help you further reduce your bill and their website is full of tips on how to be more efficient and reduce your monthly usage, for example by installing a smart thermostat or replacing your lightbulbs with LEDs.
If you are a commercial customer, Energy Harbor has got you covered too. Because the energy needs of a company are more complex than those of a household, you will most likely need to get an individualized quote from Energy Harbor for electricity service. Use your most recent bill or invoice so they can give you an accurate estimate.
Energy Harbor Service Areas
The retail energy provider serves residential and commercial customers in the utility service areas of the following states:
Energy Harbor Reviews
Customer reviews can be very misleading. Customers, who take the time to leave a review are often motivated either by a particularly negative, one-off experience with their energy provider or somehow incentivized to write a positive, and not always truthful review.
Always look for unbiased institutions, such as the non-profit market analyst Better Business Bureau to form an opinion about a power producer. Visit the BBB website to read customer reviews and complaints, and understand the BBB rating for Energy Harbor.
How long will it take to switch to Energy Harbor?
After you sign up with Energy Harbor, the company will notify the utility, which will then process your enrollment. The process typically takes anywhere between a week and 45 days.
What happens after I enroll with Energy Harbor?
Energy Harbor will contact your electric company and notify them of the change. Typically, your utility will send you a letter to remind you that you selected Energy Harbor to be your energy supplier.
Are there any cancellation fees?
If you decide to leave a fixed-rate contract before it expires, you might have to pay an early cancellation fee. However, you don’t have to pay fees if you move homes during the middle of your contract, or if you are part of a governmental aggregation program. You will find the details of these conditions in your electricity contract.
What happens if I move?
If you are moving to a location covered by Energy Harbor, the company will help you find an energy plan for your new home. If you are moving to a different state, you can find a new plan by entering your zip code on our website.