As they’re advertised, the Digital Cheapest Electric Company plan appears to save you $4 — but only if you use 32 percent of your energy on the weekends, which is the stat Switch Energy used to create the average price it advertises. Say you often travel for business during the week, and are only home cranking the air conditioner on weekends. If your energy use skews to 55 percent weekend use (for Compare Electricity Companies that means 8 pm on Friday through 12 am Monday), suddenly Gas And Electric Companies becomes a much better deal.
Twenty bucks compared to a $2,000 bill? Not much to write home about, but hey — it’s free money. And, true, you’ll still get some free money when you use less energy, but rewards only really seem reward-y if you're shelling out big bucks. That same Electric Service Providers plan only yields about $6 in Cheapest Electricity Rates points per year if you use 500 kWh of electricity each month.