How to Save on Electricity Without Unplugging Anything

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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.

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23 thoughts on “How to Save on Electricity Without Unplugging Anything

  1. Modest Money

    That’s cool that you get the choice about who generates your electricity. I’d think that would create some healthy competition to keep prices low and also encourage environmentally friendly practices. Here in BC, the government handles electricity. So we have no say in the matter and just pay whatever they charge.

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  2. Michelle

    Our bill went up from $90 in May to $110 in June. I’ve been turning it up to 80 when we leave the house (if I remember!), unplugging things, pretty much leaving the lights off and living in a cave during the day, and it’s still high because of this heat! I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t mind the heat, but I have kids and can’t really make them live in a sauna. That might be frowned upon by some. :0)

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    1. femmefrugality

      Haha same story here. I do mind the heat, but I could live with it if it would save me oodles of money. But that money doesn’t matter when you’re looking at little ones and risks of heat stroke etc.

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  3. Maggie

    I hear you about the heat! We signed up for some kind of program where we agree to have our AC cut back during heat waves. They paid us about $35 for doing this. So far it’s been ok, but I’m wondering if it was the wisest thing to do!

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    1. femmefrugality

      I’d love to do that someday. I’m not sure how effective it would be in my area…we have a lot of overcast days in the region, but I’d love to be self-sufficient as far as energy goes.

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  4. MyMoneyDesign

    Yo Gabba Gabba!! 🙂

    I was not aware that you could switch your electric providers. It seems like in my area (MI) its pretty well tied to one company. I may have to look into this …

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    1. femmefrugality

      Ours is, too. Or was. About a year ago we started getting all these offers from other companies. I blew it off as junk mail until I learned about this initiative.

      Yo Gabba Gabba rocks my socks off.

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  5. Meredith

    I am sending this post to my husband. We signed up last summer for that program where the power company automatically shuts off your a/c if it gets to hot to help prevent a brownout in the area, but this is a good idea too! Thanks!

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  6. Anthony Thompson

    It’s so unfortunate that there are some people without heat during one of the hottest recorded heatwaves in history. It’s great that PA has such a electricity savings option. It sounds like a very good program.

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    1. femmefrugality

      There’s tons of people around here without AC. It’s doable, but sucks during heat waves like this. I used to live in the south, though, and I couldn’t even imagine….

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  7. AverageJoe

    We have two providers here, but I’m not confident enough in the new competitor to switch. I always am afraid that I’ll switch providers and find out that the new one was the wrong move….

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    1. femmefrugality

      It would be awesome if they did this in some Southern states like FL and GA. If there’s only one option, it’s not like you’re going to be turning it off in regions like that. AC is what allowed so many people to migrate to the south!

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  8. Tackling Our Debt

    Our electricity bill has actually droppped by $50 a month because we no longer have the furnace on. We are now in a heat wave of around 88 F. but in our location most homes don’t have AC so we just live through it. It is difficult to sleep and we can’t cook, but we still save that $50 a month.

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