Electric Choice Can Help with High Energy Bills
A residential energy bill can take up a significant amount of a homeowner’s budget, but if you are an informed consumer in Pennsylvania, you can find some savings by just shopping around.
More than a decade ago, Pennsylvania opened up its electric market so that consumers can choose the supplier of their electricity. In the past couple of years since rate caps have expired, more than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians have shopped for less expensive power – in much the same way as they’ve shopped for their telephone utility.
However, according to information presented to the House Consumer Affairs Committee last year, thousands more consumers could be benefitting from lower prices if they took a few minutes to shop around.
The Public Utility Commission, the state agency at the forefront of electric choice, has made it easier through its PAPowerSwitch.com website. This website allows consumers to find out more about electric shopping, what it is, how to shop and which suppliers are available, as well as the PUC’s list of competing suppliers and the Office of Consumer Advocate’s Shopping Guide pricing information.
Generation supply costs comprise the majority of the average electric bill, and you can shop based on price, environmental preferences or special services and deals. The website details the price per kilowatt hour, as well as if there are any cancellation fees, renewable energy add-on options and whether the rates are fixed or variable.
A ZIP-code search feature is also available so consumers can see all suppliers and offers serving a given area.
The website is designed for residential, commercial and industrial customers, and also offers inexpensive energy conservation tips and other ways to make a home energy efficient.
For those without Internet access, you can stop by my office in East Stroudsburg and we can guide you through the process, or you can call 1-800-692-7380. The PAPowerSwitch.com website is available through my website at RepBrown.com
, in addition to other links for consumer protection and energy conservation.
State Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jennifer Keaton