I love posts that encourage me to cut down on how much electricity I use. Getting by without the AC blasting all day and unplugging all the little appliances I’m using are great tips. But you know what? It’s HOT. So I’m blasting the aforementioned AC. As long as I have power. I’m so sorry to all those out there on the coast who lost it for a while back, there.
There is another way to save on electricity. At least here in PA. Although I’m sure the same option is available in other places. You can change who generates your electricity. Here in Pittsburgh you’re pretty much defaulted to Duquesne Light. Even if you switch, they’ll still be transmitting and distributing your electricity, but by changing the company who generates it you can lower your bill. For ALL Pennsylvanians, enter you zipcode on PA Power Switch’s website. It’ll bring up a list of providers and what their rates are compared to what you’re already paying. You may even be able to pick a GREEN option!
Before you make the switch, make sure the advertised price is worth it. I talked a while back about how Geico does offer lower premiums, but they charge them more often so you end up paying more. Make sure the same thing doesn’t happen when you switch who generates your electricity. Check on what cancellation fees (just in case,) and make sure you know if the price advertised is with or without taxes. You’ll want to check if the prices are fixed or variable, as well. It may also be helpful to ask if they offer a bonus for signing up. Many of these companies do, but if you don’t request it, you may not receive it.