We are frequently told by customers they found a better rate elsewhere on a 6-month, 9-month, or 11-month plan. Our answer is there is a reason for this. Let's dive in.

An electricity rate for a 6, 9, or 12-month term is simply the average of expected rate over the future life of that plan term. Electricity rates are different every month based on supply/demand. When it's crazy hot outside in the summer, everyone has their a/c on and electricity rates are high. The opposite happens in March when it's nice out and we have our windows open.

If you find a cheaper rate on a 9, 10, or 11-month term, for example, it's because it doesn't cross the "expensive" months. You can sign up on that short-term plan but realize you'll have to pay for those higher-priced months when that first plan expires.

For these reasons, it's best to find the cheapest plan that has the best RELATIVE deal. That is what our search engine does. It finds where retail energy providers are competing for the most, which are almost always the 6 or 12-month plans, and returns those options in the results.

Here are some examples of how the math works:

Example of real-life electricity prices by month

Example 6-month rate starting in January (January-June)

Example 9-month plan starting in October (October-June)

Example of 6-month starting in May (the hottest months May-October)

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