Customer Select Offers
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Compare the prices below with Nicor Gas' current 68¢ per therm variable rate.

* This is a snapshot of plans being offered. The rates and details of these offers can change often, even daily. Beware that plans may change drastically after the initial term. Customer Select participants pay an additional 2.05¢ per therm "Balancing and Storage Adjustment" and receieve a 2.11¢ per therm "Transportation Service Credit," which vary monthly. Call a company to verify a rate, to get a plan in writing, and to find out what happens to that plan after the initial term. The rates only reflect the price of natural gas. Nicor Gas will continue to bill you for the cost of delivering gas to your home.

Prices as of April 16, 2014. 1-877-282-6248
www.ambitenergy.com

Offer(s)
70.04¢ per therm variable "Guaranteed Savings Plan."
(New customers get 5% off utility rate for first 2 months, then a 1% discount for the rest of the term. If you don't renew this plan after a year you are put on a "roll-off" variable rate, which is 89.7¢ per therm this month.)
Cancellation fee — No 1-800-785-4373
www.home.constellation.com

Offer(s)
1. 63.9¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate.
2. 59.9¢ per therm 2-year fixed rate.
Cancellation fee — Yes (Only for fixed rates. It has a 10-day opt-out period after you receive your first bill.)

Monthly Fee — None

1-866-806-3411
www.cornbeltenergy.com

Offer(s)
1. 68¢ per therm (estimated). This is the "Winter Protection Plan," a variable-rate program that estimates your gas usage for the coming year and buys it all before Nov. 1. Your price is adjusted according to market prices if you use more or less gas than was bought for you.
2. 75¢ per therm (estimated). This is the "Market-Based Plan," a variable-rate program that buys about 30 percent of your estimated gas needs in the summer and the rest of the supply monthly at market prices.
Cancellation fee — Yes. (It has a 10-day opt-out period after you receive your first bill.)

Note — The rates for both plans are based on the average cost of gas in inventory, plus all balancing, storage, and program fees, taxes and a 5.25¢ per therm markup. 1-800-764-0232
www.directenergy.com

Offer(s)
1. 58.9¢ per therm 24-month fixed rate. (57.9¢ per therm for seniors, military)
Cancellation fee — No

Monthly fee — None 1-888-698-1730
www.integrysenergy.com

Offer(s)
1. 57.6¢ per therm monthly variable rate
2. This 1-year plan is 2.5¢ below the utility rate, May through October. Then it's a 59.4¢ per therm fixed rate November through April.
3. This 2-year plan is 2.5¢ below the utility rate, May through October. Then it's a 57.9¢ per therm fixed rate November through April.
4. 59.0¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate
5. 57.3¢ per therm 2-year fixed rate
6. 56.6¢ per therm 3-year fixed rate
Cancellation fee — Yes. (Only for fixed rates. It has a 10-day opt-out period after you receive your first bill.)
1-866-587-8674
www.energysavings.com

Offer(s)
1. 68¢ per therm 5-year fixed rate (20% green, 5 percent off utility price for first month of plan).
2. 73¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate.
3. 68¢ per therm 3-year fixed rate.
4. 68¢ per therm 5-year fixed rate.
Cancellation fee — Yes (10-day opt-out period after you receive your first bill.)

1-866-369-0911
www.nicoradvancedenergy.com


Is Nicor Advanced Energy the same as Nicor Gas?
No. Nicor Gas is the traditional regulated utility. Nicor Advanced Energy has an almost identical name and logo, but it is an unregulated gas supplier. It is a sister company of the utility, but that doesn't guarantee its prices and services are better than any other company in "Customer Select."

Offer(s)
1. Lock 12: CUB has yet to find any customers who have saved money under Lock 12, which charges a set monthly bill for a year based on a formula known only by the company. Because the offer partly depends upon usage history, the cost varies by customer. There is a $50 fee if you cancel after 10 days of receiving your first bill. See CUB's fact sheet, Nicor's "Fixed Bill" and "Lock 12" Plans.
2. PriceGuard: 64.9¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate. It's not exactly clear how the fixed price is determined. It is based on "several factors such as the current price of natural gas and other program costs." There is a $50 fee if you cancel after 10 days of receiving your first bill.
3. Flex: This variable plan changes daily, based on a market index price called the Gas Daily Daily (GDD). The company takes your total monthly usage and estimates how much you used each day based on a "typical" profile of residences in your area and actual weather. The daily usage is multiplied by the GDD (PLUS a "set cost per therm"), for each day of the billing period to come up with a total billing amount. There is no cancellation fee. See CUB's fact sheet, Nicor Advanced Energy's "Flex Plan."
4. TruBalance: A 50-50 combination of a variable price per therm and a fixed price per therm. Half of your usage is based on a variable price that moves up and down with the market price weekly. The other half of the usage is based on a fixed rate determined on the day you sign up for the program and remains unchanged for a year. There is a $50 fee if you cancel after 10 days of receiving your first bill.
Note — Given the structure of most of these plans, it's impossible to make an "apples-to-apples" comparison with the rate offered by Nicor Gas, the utility. Nicor Advanced Energy acknowledges you "may or may not save money" compared to the regulated Nicor Gas rates. 1-877-808-1022
www.nordicenergy-us.com

Offer(s)
54¢ per therm variable rate. (It's a monthly market index price plus about 5-6 cents per therm.)

Cancellation fee — No

Monthly Fee — $1.50

1-800-827-0067
www.santannaenergyservices.com

Offer(s)
2. 69.9¢ per therm 12-month fixed rate.
Cancellation fee — No

Monthly fee — $3.99 1-877-228-9427
www.sparkenergy.com

Offer(s)
1. 54.9¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate.
2. 59.9¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate.
3. 59.9¢ per therm 2-year fixed rate.
Cancellation fee — None

Monthly fee — $4.95 for plan 1, none for plans 2, 3 1-888-997-8979
www.xoomenergy.com

Offer(s)
1. Variable rate.
2. 64.9¢ per therm 1-year fixed rate.
3. 67.9¢ per therm 2-year fixed rate.
Cancellation fee — Yes (Only for fixed rates. It has a 10-day opt-out period after receiving notice from utility company of switch to Xoom.)

Monthly Fee — None