There’s money hiding in your home. Let’s go find it

There’s money hiding in your home. Let’s go find it

It’s Energy Awareness Month! We could all use a few extra dollars these days. That’s why we’ve created a new interactive digital home tool so you can find the savings hiding in your home. Go ahead and explore. Click. Swipe. Rotate. You’ll discover rebates, offers and hacks to make your savings really add up. Now hop in, start saving and discover hundreds of dollars in rebates 

Let’s keep things simple with energysaving tips that are easy to do and easy on your wallet. Here are just a few ways to save energy in your home, from your kitchen to your living room and every room in between. 

Make the switch. 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 costs. 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 thermostat from anywhere using a mobile app. Install a smart thermostat and you could save up to $50 a year in energy costs. 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.

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 savewithppl.com 

  

Getting away? Don’t forget to pack your energy efficiency checklist

Getting away? Don’t forget to pack your energy efficiency checklist

Give your water heater a vacation too 

If you havent yet, check your water heater for an away or vacation setting. If your model doesnt have this option, lower the temperature of your water heater before you leave home. Water heating can account for 20% of your energy use, so why heat water youre not going to use? 

Turn off the A/C 

Raise your thermostat so the A/C won’t turn on during your time away. When you get back home, return your thermostat to its normal level slowly, two degrees at a time. You could also step up to a smart thermostat if you want to save energy and still come home to cool rooms. This little efficiency wonder will allow you to control your HVAC unit remotely from an app while youre away. A programmable thermostat can’t be controlled remotely but can be set to fit your schedule.  

Pull the plug on all appliances you won’t be using 

Just turning devices off won’t keep them from using energy. Everything from your television to your microwave uses energy even when it is not switched on. It’s an energy drain called phantom power. You can unplug devices by hand or step up to smart power strips if you want to get more advanced. Many of these power strips sense motion, or take their cues from a key device like your TV, to know when to power on and off and knock out that phantom power that can eat away at your energy costs.  

Use your lights for security and savings 

If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that a few strategically placed lights will properly deter robbers. Putting your lights on timers will give the impression that your home is occupied. If you’d like to take your lighting to another level, leverage LEDs and smart lighting to maximize your security and efficiency. 

Keep the heat out 

You can save by closing your window coverings while you’re away. Nearly 76% of sunlight that hits your windows enters your home and becomes heat. To keep things energy efficient and secure, start closing your drapes or blinds a few weeks before going away. It will allow you to leave them closed while you’re away 

For more energy-efficient ways to save, visit savewithppl.com. 

Amp up summer fun with these energy-saving party power plays

Amp up summer fun with these energy-saving party power plays

It’s official. Summer has arrived. Time to heat up the grill, turn up the tunes and get the party started. To save energy and money, try these simple party power plays. 

 

Take it outside

Hosting a crowd indoors can raise your home’s temp and make your A/C work harder. Instead, invite your guests to grab a cold one, head outdoors for the real fun and close the door behind them. And while they mingle, you can relax knowing you’re keeping the party energy up and the indoor temp down.  

Grill, baby, grill 

Give your oven the night off and your A/C a break. Grill instead. Add some cold sides and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the hottest party on the block.    

Cool it

Let your fridge relax, too. Allow leftovers to cool completely before putting them in your fridge. Doing so helps prevent unnecessary heat from entering your fridge and causing it to work extra hard to lower internal temperatures. Another great idea opt for beverage coolers that can be filled and wheeled into place outside for partygoers.   

Go for glow

Keep a good party going. Place strings of energy-efficient LED lights or solar-powered lanterns throughout the yard to give it a glow. Then, to save even more, add a timer to automatically turn off the lights at the end of the night.   

Avoid getting soaked  

If your party involves a pool, take a closer look at your current pool pump. It could be draining dollars. If it’s making noise, is shutting off unexpectedly or is more than seven years old, it may be time to take the plunge and purchase a new, more energy-efficient model. We offer a $350 rebate on ENERGY STAR® certified variable speed pool pumps.  

Follow these energy-saving tips and your next backyard bash won’t just be fun, it’ll be budget friendly, too. 

Learn more about PPL Electric Utilities’ energy savings programs at savewithppl.com

 

Beat the heat with rebates for ENERGY STAR® products

Beat the heat with rebates for ENERGY STAR® products

Hot temperatures can impact your comfort and your energy costs. Keep cool and save with these helpful tips from our friends at ENERGY STAR® and rebates from PPL Electric Utilities.

1. Consider an HVAC upgrade. If your cooling equipment is more than 10 years old or needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up, it may be time to replace the system. Get rebates of up to $450 on ENERGY STAR certified cooling equipment through PPL Electric.

2. Install a smart thermostat. An ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat saves energy by adjusting to your schedule and favorite temperatures. You can even control it right from your phone. We offer rebates of up to $100.

3. Insulate and seal air leaks. Feeling different temperatures from room to room? Updating insulation and sealing air leaks can keep the hot air out and improve the efficiency of your cooling system. Save with rebates of up to $700.

Check out more information on our current rebates.

Quick tips to help you save this summer

Quick tips to help you save this summer

It’s June, and that means summer is here. You can offset the summer heat by incorporating some energy efficient habits into your routine. Here are a few tips to help you save energy and money as temperatures rise.

Take advantage of shade. Blocking the sun’s warm rays can help lower your home’s temperature. Try planting trees or shrubs outside of your home’s windows, or purchase sunlight-blocking shades or curtains.

Keep hot air from leaking into your home. Seal openings with weatherstripping or caulk.

Install a smart thermostat. You can save energy with an ENERGY STAR® smart thermostat by setting temperatures to match your schedule. Leaving for a few days? Adjust the thermostat before you leave home or control it from your phone. We also offer rebates up to $100 for the purchase of a smart thermostat.

Check your HVAC air filter every month. Your heating and cooling systems use more energy than anything else in your home. Routine maintenance, like replacing or cleaning air filters, can lower your system’s energy consumption by up to 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If the air filter looks dirty, change it.

Use a ceiling fan. As long as indoor humidity is not very high, running a ceiling fan allows you to set the thermostat four degrees higher without a noticeable change in comfort.

Check out our Virtual Home Energy Assessment. A no-cost Virtual Home Energy Assessment is the perfect way to kickstart your energy efficiency journey. Your free virtual assessment includes a phone consultation with a trained Energy Advisor, energy efficiency recommendations, and a free personalized energy savings kit. For more information, visit pplelectric.com/virtualassessment.

For even more tips and ways to save, visit savewithppl.com.