We heat our home and our water with natural gas. What used to be a simple routine of just read the Terasen bill and then pay it is no more, and with the choices to be had I'm finding it's getting a little complicated.
A few months ago there was an option for us included in our bill indicating that we could go on a program to 'lock in' at a single price and stick to it, whether gas costs went up or went down. Depending on how things go, that could be a good thing or a not so good thing. I opted not to join and just pay whatever the cost of gas is. (not that that is the best way to go, it's just what I felt comfortable with at the time)
Fast forward to now, when a NEW program is in place that means I have MORE choices to make, if I wish to. I'll still get my bill from my gas company, but I now have a choice of who I buy my gas from, which means I can lock into a long-term, fixed-rate contract with a gas marketer. These "Natural gas marketers" can begin signing up customers May 1, 2007 for gas that will be delivered beginning November 1, 2007. At this time I'm not going to get into that, I'll just keep paying what I think is called the variable rate.
So, with not even a full month since the "Natural gas marketers" are out trying to drum up business, I have had 2 such people at my door. DOOR TO DOOR MARKETERS. I generally have a policy that I don't do business of any kind with people who solicit door to door, so this is kind of annoying for me. Of course I don't suppose I'll like a whole new bunch of telemarketing calls from gas people either, but I don't think I've had one of those yet and I don't know if any of them plan telemarketing. (but one would assume that would be predictable)
The first "Natural gas marketer" I had flashed a card clipped to her windbreaker jacket which had the name "Terasen" on it, and I feel misled me to mistake her as a Terasen employee. Tonight another "Natural gas marketer" came to my door at 8:30pm. (long day, huh?) He was only a little more clear about not being a Terasen employee.
Anyway, I'm not liking this so far. I suppose it's a sign of the times, and time brings change. I'll have to get used to it, and anticipate more choices (or is that complications :) ) down the road.
Do you have such 'choices' with your natural gas provider? As you can tell, this is quite new for me.