Frequently Asked Questions for Maryland

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  • Sign Up with Direct Energy

    • Why does the utility company allow me to switch to Direct Energy?

      After deregulation, state commissions no longer allowed utilities to profit from supplying natural gas and electricity to you. Utilities can, though, make a profit on the distribution portion of your commodities. , your decision...

    • What happens to my service after I switch to Direct Energy?

      If you do choose to switch your service away from your local utility company to Direct Energy, your local utility company will continue to deliver your electricity and/or natural gas to your home, read your meter, send you bills,...

    • What is the cost to switch to Direct Energy?

      Direct Energy does not charge an enrollment fee. However, your current energy supplier may assess a cancellation fee if you're switching providers within your contract term. Your current supplier can confirm what those costs (if...

    • How can I become an authorized account user on a Direct Energy account?

      To become an authorized account user on a Direct Energy account, the current account holder must make this request by contacting our Customer Care center at 1-855-461-1926 and providing your name to be added to the account.

    • When will my service with Direct Energy begin?

      Your service will begin when your local utility company conducts your next meter read date after your switch to Direct Energy has been processed by the utility company. This change will be reflected on your bill within 1 to 2...

  • General Questions

  • What to Know As a Customer

    • Will I save money by signing up with Direct Energy?

      Future savings depend on the direction of commodity prices, which can be very volatile; however, you are not guaranteed savings. Historically, Direct Energy's rates have been very competitive. Our fixed-rate products offer...

  • Glossary

    • What does kWh mean?

      The term "kWh" stands for kilowatt-hour and is the unit of measurement for your electricity use over time.

    • What is electricity and natural gas deregulation?

      Historically, your natural gas and electricity were supplied and delivered to you exclusively by the local utility company for your area, also known as the Local Distribution Company (LDC). The energy industry across the country...

    • What is a Therm?

      The term "Therm" is the unit of measurement for your natural gas use over time. In most areas, this is the unit visible on your utility bill for your natural gas usage on any given billing cycle.

    • What are transmission charges?

      These are charges assessed by your local utility company on your bill for the cost of moving high voltage electricity from the facility that generates that electricity through the distribution lines of your electric distribution...

    • What are distribution charges?

      These are the fees that your local utility company charges you to deliver the electricity or gas supply to your location .These charges are assessed in addition to the cost of electric or gas generation service. Your utility company...

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