Energy costs are rising. Shop smart and save.

Energy costs are rising. Shop smart and save.

We’ve noticed that the prices of many energy supply sources are on the rise due to external market conditions, including overall inflation. But if you’ve been to the store lately, you’ve probably noticed that prices are going up on almost everything.

Just like you’d shop around for the best price on everyday goods, it’s important to know that you can do the same with your electricity supply.  And now is a good time to shop for an electricity supplier as you may be able to avoid or minimize these cost increases.  

Shopping Explained

PPL Electric Utilities delivers your electricity, but we don’t own or operate the power plants where that electricity is generated. In Pennsylvania, you can shop around and choose the electricity supplier that is right for you.

When you do venture into the electricity marketplace, remember to shop smart.

  • Beware of variable rates, which start small and then increase depending on the price of power.
  • Watch out for deceptive marketing tactics and hidden early termination fees, and always be sure to read the fine print on any contract you sign with a supplier.  
  • Review your most recent bill to check the price to compare, as well as your current rate if you’re already shopping, so you can make an informed decision on a new electricity supplier.

If you choose not to shop, are enrolled on our OnTrack program, or cancel with an existing supplier without choosing a new one, you’ll automatically pay the price to compare, also known as the PPL default rate. This rate changes every June 1 and December 1 and is updated on our website.

Your Options

Standard Offer Program

  • Participating suppliers offer a 7% discount off the price to compare, at a fixed price for a year, with no early cancellation fees.
  • Access your online account and enroll in the Standard Offer Program by December 1 to take advantage of the 7% discount off the existing price to compare.

Choose a Supplier

  • Check out papowerswitch.com to find a supplier that offers the service, energy source and price that’s right for you.
  • When you sign up with a new supplier, they’ll notify us to make the switch.

 

For more information and tips to shop smart, visit pplelectric.com/shopsmart.

 

PPL named Adoption Advocate by Dave Thomas Foundation

PPL named Adoption Advocate by Dave Thomas Foundation

PPL is pleased to be named a 2021 Adoption Advocate by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In addition, PPL has been ranked one of the top five adoption-friendly workplaces in the energy and utility sector for its financial reimbursement and paid leave benefits for families that adopt a child.

“We believe that every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family,” said Angie Gosman, vice president and chief human resources officer of PPL. “We also understand that all families are unique. That’s why we provide flexible benefits to provide all families the chance to nurture their loved ones.”

This is PPL’s first time making the list, which recognizes organizations with robust adoption benefit programs. The foundation partnered with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to survey employers across the United States and score participants based on three criteria: financial reimbursement, paid leave and the percentage of employees eligible for those benefits.

More than 25 years ago, Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s® and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, led an initiative advocating for better adoption benefits in the workplace. The foundation has carried that legacy forward through its signature Adoption-Friendly Workplace program and 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, which is in its 15th year.

“Thank you to all the organizations on this year’s list for the commitment to supporting employees who grow their families through adoption,” said Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Adoption expenses or the inability to take time off of work to bond with a foster or adoptive child should not stand in the way of a family pursuing adoption.”

For the complete list of Adoption-Friendly Workplaces and Adoption Advocates, visit: davethomasfoundation.com/AFW.

Time to clear the air—in your home

Time to clear the air—in your home

Your home’s indoor air quality is the quality of the air within and around your home in relation to you and your family’s health and comfort. By understanding and improving your home’s air quality, you can improve not only your health and quality of life but also save on your energy bill.

The importance of indoor air quality for your family.

Indoor air pollution can come from many different sources, including excess moisture, central heating, and cooling systems and humidification devices, cleaning materials, and outside sources. If your home has air pollution, it can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, throat, or nose. If these symptoms occur, you may want to explore ways to improve indoor air quality in your home.

Improving indoor air quality.

Using a portable air cleaner or upgrading the air filter in your HVAC system can help improve indoor air quality. Air purifiers or air sanitizers are designed to filter the air in a single area. Your central furnace or HVAC filters are designed to filter the air throughout a home. Both are good for reducing air pollution; however, they can’t remove all pollutants. Dehumidifiers can also help improve indoor air quality by keeping humidity levels at a healthy level.

One way to freshen up your home’s air quality is to check on the status of these ventilation systems and appliances. Proper maintenance and replacement, when necessary, can help control humidity while reducing dust and particles that aggravate asthma and allergies. Doing so can also help you save on your energy bill too: A dirty HVAC filter slows down air flow and makes your system work harder—wasting energy. A clean filter prevents buildup in the system and can lead to expensive maintenance or early system failure. Upgrading from an older HVAC system to a new, ENERGY STAR® system like a ductless mini-split uses 60% less energy than standard resistance-based heating systems and cuts cooling costs by 30%.

We offer rebates to help you save when you’re ready to upgrade: Get up to $25 off ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifiers, up to $450 off ENERGY STAR certified air-source heat pumps, and a rebate of $400 per outdoor unit for ENERGY STAR certified ductless mini-splits.

Keep outside air out with proper sealing.

Good ventilation is important to indoor air quality and control over when and how much air is circulated between the inside and outside of your home. Identifying and sealing areas where the air is leaking in and out of your home is the first step to gaining that control. Our in-home audit includes a blower door test, which identifies the air leakage in your home. We also provide up to $200 in rebates for air sealing. The biggest savings come over time—sealing air leaks can help you save 10-20% on your energy bill.

We hope you now have the tools and knowledge to breathe easier and save money on your home’s energy costs.

Stay cool and splash into energy savings

Stay cool and splash into energy savings

When the summer heat is at its highest, your energy bill can take quite a hit. One of the best ways to keep your energy costs down is to focus on the ways you use water. Water heating accounts for an average of 13% of a home’s energy costs.

Tip 1: Reset With a Cold Shower

When it’s just way too hot outside, a quick cool-off in the shower is an easy, energy-efficient way to lower your body temperature. Keeping it short and cool gives your water heater a break and can help lower energy costs. Bonus: Cold showers promote better blood flow, making you feel more awake, support healthy hair and skin, and help with sore muscles.

Reset with a cold shower

Tip 2: Replace Old Water Heating Equipment

The last thing you need during a heatwave is a broken appliance. Older water heaters have a lifespan of about 10 years. Stay up to date with regular maintenance and replace older models with new, energy-efficient ones. If you plan to upgrade, consider installing a heat pump water heater, which can cut energy costs for water heating in half. We also offer a $400 rebate on ENERGY STAR® heat pump water heaters.

Replace old water heating equipment

Tip 3: Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Since scorching-hot water isn’t typically necessary, check to see what temperature your water heater is currently set to. If you lower your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you can save energy and money and reduce the risk of scalding.

Lower your water heater temperature

Tip 4: Wash Clothing With Cold Water

Another good way to avoid using hot water and save more on your energy bill is to wash your clothes on a cold setting. About 90% of the energy used in washing machines comes from water heating.

Wash clothing with cold water

Let us know if these tips worked for you and comment below.

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Temperatures are rising, but your costs don’t have to

Temperatures are rising, but your costs don’t have to

When the temps go up, the energy costs often do too. Here are a few handy tips to save energy and save money. Even small changes can collectively help you out during the heat of summer.

Tip 1: Avoid the Oven

Mother and daughter grilling outside.

Cooking with a conventional oven can add unwanted heat to your house, forcing your A/C to work harder. Do more of your cooking with a microwave or slow cooker to keep the kitchen cool. Better yet, use the summer heat as an excuse to fire up the old backyard barbeque. Outdoor grilling is a summertime tradition for a reason—you can cook delicious meats and veggies while keeping the heat outside.

Tip 2: Energy Recon

Home energy monitor

A home energy monitor can give you real-time data on your energy usage. You can determine which of your appliances are gobbling up the most energy. You can conduct experiments to help you save energy. Also, you can monitor your usage for a certain time period. When you see how and when you’re using energy, you can find ways to save.

Tip 3: Cool Your Bulbs

Woman changing light bulb

Switching to LED lightbulbs can help you save in multiple ways. ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, LEDs don’t give off as much heat as traditional bulbs, so they can help keep cooling costs down.

Tip 4: Throw Some Shade

Living room with blinds drawn

During the dog days of summer, window shades can really help your energy consumption. In rooms without direct sunlight, you can pop those shades up and use the sun to light this part of your home. In rooms with direct sunlight, do the opposite: Drop your shades to keep the room nice and comfortable.

Tip 5: Location. Location. Location.

Woman adjusting thermostat

Be mindful of where you place appliances that give off heat. When placed near a thermostat, lamps with incandescent bulbs and some TVs can make it difficult for your thermostat to get a good reading. This means your A/C might work harder than necessary to keep you comfortable.

So there you have it. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you—and your energy bill—beat the heat during these summer months. Discover even more ways to save with PPL.