PUCO Says Be Careful When Switching Natural Gas Suppliers
Technican Steffen Weigand works at a velve in the Natural Gas Compress Station in Sayda, eastern Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. In the firm situated close to the Czech-German border the natural gas pipe arrives Germany coming from Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – Perhaps the sticker shock associated with your recent natural gas bills has you searching for a lower commodity rate?

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says you want to be careful.

Matt Schilling with the PUCO says there’s a lot out there, plenty of fixed or variable rate contracts.

Shilling says there are plenty of questions to ask, like “am I charged a fee for switching suppliers before the initial contract expires”?

He reminds you that while your distribution company may be regulated, the supply side is not.