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If you don't get instantly excited by the thought of looking at your electric bill every month, you're far from alone. Energy costs are on the rise throughout the country, and now that many of us are spending considerably more time indoors, families are seeing an unwelcome spike in their electricity consumption.

But most consumers simply begrudgingly pay their electric bill at the end of each month without realizing that they could be saving a sizable chunk of money by switching plans. In fact, if you live in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Main, Maryland, Ohio or Illinois, you're lucky enough to reside in a state that has taken action to deregulate its energy market—meaning that energy companies and suppliers are in direct competition with one another, and it's time for you to shop around.

Just like how Expedia or Kayak make it easy to find the best and cheapest flights by comparing the offers of different airlines in a competitive market, PowerSetter allows you to instantly find and compare energy plans that more accurately match your needs and budget.

The process is incredibly simple: Just enter your zip code, view a wide selection of available plans in your area, and select the plan that you want. You'll be able to lock in more specific rates when you enter your address and existing utility account number, and it's easy to filter plans depending on whether you're looking for a fixed or flexible rate.

There's also a growing number of green energy plans that will help you save the planet while reducing your expenses.

PowerSetter also ensures that you won't have to endure the standard headaches and paperwork that come with switching power plans or utility providers, since after you switch you'll receive your reduced monthly bill from the same provider.

Start comparing energy rates here, and you could save up to 37 percent