All homeowners have energy and gas bills to pay. But in some states, homeowners have the option to choose where they get their energy rather than being told who they have to work with. This is thanks to energy deregulation. Deregulated energy companies have been around for several years now, working with customers who choose their services. So if you live in a deregulated area or are moving to one in the near future, here are a few things you should know about energy deregulation.

State-appointed utility companies still manage power lines. While independent companies and provide energy, the power lines are still managed by the state-appointed companies. This means that if there is a problem with the power lines or there's a power outage, it's important to contact the state-appointed company for your area. They are responsible for maintaining the actual equipment for providing power.

Energy deregulation began in the 1980s. Contrary to popular belief, deregulation of energy isn't a new concept. In 1978, Congress passed the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, which allowed smaller utility providers to have a fair chance in the monopolized energy industry. And in the 1990s, individual states took action and passed laws requiring utilities to sell their plants to independent companies. This began the movement of deregulated energy companies, which many states have adopted today.

You can choose a renewable energy supplier. One of the best things about being in a deregulated area is that you have the option to choose a green energy company. Working with an energy company that uses renewable energy sources can be beneficial all around -- customers can enjoy less expensive energy bills and the environment can see less pollution. While wood supplied about 90% of the nation's energy needs more than 150 years ago, we've come a long way since then and there are plenty of renewable energy options to choose from, including wind, solar, and hydropower.

It can be extremely beneficial for all homeowners to work with a local deregulated energy company. If you're in the market for a new energy provider, call Starion Energy to learn more about our services.

Starion Energy is a licensed electricity and gas supplier in the deregulated energy market since Sept. 2009. Energy deregulation gives consumers the choice of an alternative electric supplier and determines the rates and terms at which they purchase electric generation services. Starion services markets in CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, & PA. Starion is strategically positioned for continued growth in new markets for years to come. For more information visit