Breaking up is hard to do, but when it comes to changing electricity providers, the benefits typically outweigh the complications. That said, as a homeowner, when's a good time to follow through with an energy provider switch? Let's look at a few good reasons to call it quits with your energy company – and one reason jumping to a different provider won't do the trick.

Switch if your energy rates are too high

Electricity is electricity, and in a deregulated energy market, the only driver for price is a provider's interest in staying competitive. That's the beauty of deregulation – with competition driving down prices, changing providers can be as simple as finding a better deal.

If your monthly energy costs are always high no matter how efficient you are, do a little research and find an energy company that can give you everything you need to stay on budget. You won't need new hardware and the quality of your service won't noticeably change. Like we said, electricity is electricity, no matter where it comes from.

Word to the wise: Before taking the plunge, pay careful attention to providers with fixed rate plans. You'll avoid demand-based variability that makes electricity cost more at certain times of the day and instead, pay the same rate for the duration of your contract regardless of market fluctuations.

"Switching providers might not solve service disruption issues."

Don't switch if you're sick of service disruptions

Nobody likes power outages, especially when so many of our favorite devices require a regular battery boost. Unfortunately, as HouseLogic pointed out, because of the nature of energy infrastructure and how third-party energy providers obtain electricity to sell, switching providers might not solve service disruption issues.

Regardless of whether your provider is a third-party company or a utility, your local utility still handles nearly all outages since they own the distribution network. Though they may charge third-party providers for using their equipment, the utility assumes responsibility for fixing its assets in the event of a power failure caused by a downed wire or blown transformer. Blackouts may also be caused by demand issues at generation facilities. Again, this is not a third-party energy provider's territory.

Switch if your provider doesn't have the clean energy options you'd like

These days, energy customers want to shrink their carbon footprints, consume energy intelligently and take advantage of renewable energy like wind and solar. In fact, a 2015 Zogby Analytics poll revealed U.S. homeowners believe these two resources are "most important to America's energy future."

Short of installing a wind turbine in your backyard or solar panels on your roof, residential energy customers only have a single recourse in utilizing renewable resources without the financial overhead: Asking their providers for a clean energy option. If your legacy provider can't set you up with an affordable electricity contract that includes greener generation resources, it's time to cut your losses and look for a provider that can.

Whether you decide to move to a different energy provider or stay with the one you've got, the important thing to remember is the choice is yours. Energy deregulation makes it easier for electricity customers to reduce monthly energy costs and flock to the providers offering the most forward-thinking and flexible plans. If you live in a deregulated energy state, don't settle for the same old same old – choose a provider that takes your needs to heart.