Two ways to discover energy saving opportunities

Two ways to discover energy saving opportunities

Looking to increase your home’s comfort while saving a few dollars? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Free virtual home assessment
With our no-cost virtual home assessment you can spend 30 minutes on the phone with an Energy Advisor. You’ll receive customized, energy-saving recommendations, along with suggestions on rebates and incentives that we offer. You’ll also get a free energy-savings kit with do-it-yourself upgrade ideas and Information.

If you rent your home – or you’re not ready for an in-home visit – our virtual home assessment is an ideal option. Learn more and schedule your assessment here.

In-home audit
Get a thorough look at your home’s energy use with an in-home audit. A certified contractor will give you a detailed assessment of your heating and cooling systems, provide a blower door test so you can see where you may be leaking energy, and give you a personalized report with rebate suggestions on energy efficiency products.

Plus, you’ll receive a free energy savings kit with do-it-yourself upgrade information, and you can get a rebate of up to $250 to offset the cost of the assessment. If you own your home and you’re looking to decrease your energy use, this option is for you! Learn more.

Heat pumps: The future of energy-efficient heating is already here

Heat pumps: The future of energy-efficient heating is already here

If you’re looking to heat your home in a more efficient and cost-effective way, look no further than a heat pump. Learn how you can save on your monthly energy costs and receive a $400 rebate from PPL Electric Utilities.

Even when it’s very cold out, there’s still heat energy in the air. In the winter, heat pumps use electricity to transfer that heat energy from outside, and uses it to heat your home. The process works the same way during the summer, but in reverse. Thanks to modern advances in technology, heat pumps provide energy-efficient heating even in the coldest weeks of Pennsylvania’s winter temperatures.

Ductless Heat Pump
A ductless heat pump (also called a mini-split heat pump) offers flexible heating and cooling for individual rooms or can be set up as a multi-unit zone system throughout the home. They consume 60% less energy than standard resistance-based heating systems and can reduce cooling costs by 30% compared to conventional air conditioners.

Heat Pump Water Heater
A heat pump can also be used to heat water. Just like a mini-split, a heat pump water heater uses electricity to transfer heat from one place to another. An ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heater consumes 70% less energy compared to a standard model and you can expect to save an average of $315 a year in energy costs.

Start Saving Now
Our customers can receive a $400 rebate when installing a ductless heat pump or heat pump water heater. These upgrades may qualify for our bonus rebate as well as government tax credits.

Illuminating the holidays for less

Illuminating the holidays for less

Strings of yellow holiday lights wrapped around tree branches

’Tis the season for swirling snowflakes, hot cocoa and decorations. This year, as you hang your holiday lights, we’d like to offer a few ideas to make them even brighter, and to help you save a few dollars while you’re at it.

For starters, if you haven’t replaced your traditional incandescent holiday lights with energy-efficient LED strands, this is the year to do it. Not only do LEDs consume less electricity, but they’re also made to be safer and sturdier. If you purchase ENERGY STAR® decorative bulbs, some have a manufacturer warranty of up to three years. They’re also a cinch to install.

Here’s the best part — many holiday LED strands don’t just shine brighter, but they also come in a wide array of changeable colors and patterns that can be synced to music.

Magnify the shine

Glass snowflakes and ornaments that are reflecting sparkles of light

Making the switch to holiday LEDs isn’t the only way to save energy this time of year. Once the lights are strung, here are a couple of other ideas. First, try amplifying the light by adding sparkle — hang small, mirrored objects that will catch the glow and reflect it. That way, you can get a brighter feel without adding extra lights. Next, cozy up the place by adding natural garlands, wreaths and ribbons, which don’t require any energy beyond your own.

Timing’s everything

A red house with white holiday lights strung around the windows and roofline

Finally, use energy-efficient smart power strips and timers to automatically turn displays on and off, inside and out.

P.S. Decorate cookies, too.

Once the house is spruced, take some time to decorate some no-bake cookies. You can keep the holiday energy up, while keeping the oven off. And remember, when the guests arrive to see your décor, turn the thermostat down a degree or two as more warm bodies in the house will naturally raise the temperature. Pretty cool, huh?

There you have it. The makings of a brilliant holiday.

You can find discounted LED lightbulbs, smart power strips and more on our online marketplace.

Upgrade your home energy savings

Upgrade your home energy savings

Upgrading to a heat pump, heat pump water heater, or smart thermostat can reduce your energy costs significantly. With big rebates available, there’s never been a better time to make the change.

The ENERGY STAR® Home Upgrade includes the six highest-impact, most energy-efficient improvements you can make in your home. Rebates are available for upgrades to these ENERGY STAR certified products:

  • Up to $450 off air-source heat pumps
  • Up to $400 off ductless mini-split heat pumps
  • Up to $400 off heat pump water heaters
  • Up to $100 off smart thermostats

Upgrading to these ENERGY STAR certified products can improve the air quality of your home, boost your efficiency and comfort, and prevent energy loss.

Explore our rebates at

Save energy and money during Energy Awareness Month

Save energy and money during Energy Awareness Month

There are opportunities all throughout your home to help you save money by using less energy. We could all use a few extra dollars these days. That’s why we developed a virtual, online experience to help you find those hidden savings.

Here are a few easy tips that you’ll discover when you start your virtual energy saving journey at

Switch. Then flip the switch.

It sounds simple, but if you haven’t made the switch to LED lightbulbs, you’re leaving money on the table. LEDs may look more expensive at the cash register, but they pay off. They have the same brightness as traditional bulbs, but they use 90% less energy and can save you up to $75 a year in electricity. Plus, they last 35 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Get a thermostat with a higher IQ

When the temperature outside fluctuates, it’s easy to forget to change your inside thermostat – or to know what temperature to change it to. A smart thermostat can help.

These devices automatically adjust based on your behavior, your preferences, and the current temperature. And you can change your temperature from anywhere using a mobile app. Install a smart thermostat and you could save up to $50 a year in energy.

We even offer rebates up to $100 to get you started.

You may be leaking money.

Keep warm air from escaping your home this winter by installing weatherstripping. Even the smallest gaps can lead to big leaks. You could save up to 15% on your energy bill when you weatherstrip your leaky doors and windows. Check out tips on how to track down air leaks on our blog at

Save now. Save later.

If the refrigerator in your kitchen — or even the one in your garage — was made before 1993, we’ve got bad news and good news.

The bad news? You’re probably using twice the energy you need. The good news? We’ll pay you $50 for that energy monster and haul it away for free so you can upgrade to an ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator.

For more information on ways to save — including tips, tools, and rebates — and to check out our new virtual energy efficiency home tour, visit

*ENERGY STAR is the source for all savings estimates noted above.