CLEVELAND, Ohio – Want to save money? Take a close look at your electric and natural gas bills at least a couple times a year, and do some quick price-comparison shopping.
There are easy ways to do this, starting with the information right on Ohio electric bills and, to a less extent, on natural gas bills.
Ohio’s Energy Choice website also offers Apples to Apples comparisons for both in an easy-to read format, with links to switch providers. And many people are in areas where an option is NOPEC, a rate aggregator that takes care of getting competitive rates for consumers.
The most recent That’s Rich! – the personal finance column at cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer – explained the process and offered tips on what to guard against. Read at – How to check to ensure you’re not overpaying for electric, natural gas; some ‘deals’ have short promotional periods – That’s Rich!
Previous That’s Rich! columns
Here’s how to claim missing or bigger stimulus payments in filing 2020 taxes; young adults, new parents, others may now qualify
Here’s why some Ohioans are still out PUA unemployment benefits from December
IRS confirms stimulus payments will be issued for people who died in 2020
With bank CD rates so low, where can I park my savings to make at least a little interest?
President Biden extends student-loan breaks through September; here’s what to consider even if you can afford to keep paying
Compare Greater Cleveland, Akron property tax rates, and learn why they have changed this year
Here’s how to make a case to lower your property tax bill
Cuyahoga County home prices in 2020 up more sharply than at any time since the housing bust; see details for each town
$200,000-plus is now the norm for homes in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway, Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods
What you need to know about the new stimulus checks, and $300 extra weekly in unemployment benefits: Q&A
2021 personal finance calendar: key dates for tax documents, student grants and loans, Obamacare, Medicare and more
‘Tis the season for the stock market’s typical ‘Santa Claus Rally’
7 end-of-the year money-saving ideas: picking tax brackets, IRA withdrawals, loan refinancing, more
Extended warranties are free with credit cards; don’t waste the benefit
Is a gift card the right gift? Some ideas, cautions, and protections to know under the law
You can go to college tuition-free if you’re 60 or older by auditing classes in Ohio
How to be sure you’re getting a fair deal on auto insurance during COVID-19 with traffic, accidents down
Is your budget tight during coronavirus? See these tips to help you cope, now and in the long run
How to avoid scams; newest fraud tricks; can payment be stopped?
Organize your financial records in case you get sick – a reader Q&A
Explaining Ohio’s maze of city income tax rates and credits, and why you should log where you’ve been working
With mortgage rates at historic lows, should you join the rush to refinance? – That’s Rich!
Ohio has $3.2 billion in unclaimed funds; find out if some of that money is yours – That’s Rich!
Roth retirement plan or traditional IRA and 401(k) plans? Is this the time to adjust your thinking?
Taking college classes online? Here’s how students can save a lot of money
Does it make sense to pay off your mortgage early? Here’s what to consider
CARES Act makes this ideal time for a student-loan payment checkup
What you need to know to get an unemployment check in Ohio
Rich Exner, data analysis editor, writes cleveland.com’s and The Plain Dealer’s personal finance column – That’s Rich! Follow on Twitter @RichExner.
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