Temperatures may be rising, but your energy costs don’t have to. Keep cool and save energy this summer with these helpful tips from our friends at ENERGY STAR® and rebates from PPL Electric Utilities.
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.
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.
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.
Start your savings with the flip of a switch and read on for where you might find ways to save energy in your home office, kitchen, and every room in between.
Your Morning Bathroom Routine Could Be Adding to Your Electricity Costs
Did you know the bathroom vanity is one of the highest-use fixtures in the average home? By replacing your home’s top-five most frequently used light fixtures with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs, you could save as much as $70 each year in energy costs. Get started and take the pledge today.
See How Much Wasted Energy Is Lurking in Your Home Office
Most home office equipment is left on 24 hours a day. Equipment that is automatically set to sleep mode not only uses less energy, but it also runs cooler and lasts longer. In addition, you can save even more energy in your office with these small hacks:
When your monitor is inactive, switch to sleep mode or turn it off to avoid screensavers.
Turn off fax machines, printers, scanners, and copiers when not in use.
Switch off power cords on weekends or any time spent out of the office.
Check Attics and Basements for Air Leaks and Get a $200 Rebate on Air Sealing
With windows throughout your home, start by monitoring rooms for air leaks. A quick way to get started is to caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors that leak air. It’s also a good idea to replace your screens with storm windows to provide an extra barrier from the outside air. Other common trouble spots for air leaks are in the basement, attic, and plumbing vents. Here’s a guide to get you started. You might also consider talking to a professional who can help you take advantage of our rebate for up to $200 on air sealing services.
Enjoy a Rebate on Your Refrigerator
Fun fact: Refrigerators made before 1993 use twice the energy that newer models do. An ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, however, uses less energy than a 60-watt lightbulb run continuously does and uses at least 20% less energy than required by current federal standards. If you have an older fridge, you can prevent 5,500 to 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions just by unplugging and recycling it properly—and you can also get a $50 rebate from us.
John Boyer may be the second-generation owner of a small grocery chain in Central Pennsylvania, but there is nothing old-school about the way he runs his business.
He takes a fresh approach to keep his stores up-to-date and make sure his team exceeds customer expectations. In that spirit, John recently completed a total remodel of his location in Hazleton, one of 18 Boyer’s Food Markets in eastern Pennsylvania.
Among other efficient improvements, John upgraded the store’s outdated fluorescent lighting to efficient LEDs. This not only resulted in significant energy savings, but it ensured that the store would be properly lit to provide customers better visibility to the products on the shelves.
“Our resources are kind of limited – we need to pick and choose and use our capital as efficiently as we can. These kinds of projects where you can see the immediate payback to the bottom line, they’re winners,” Boyer noted. “When we can save money, put it in the bottom line, it helps us to upgrade the rest of our stores and bring them up to the speed that today’s customer demands.”
Scammers are at it again – and this time, it looks like they’re trying to target our rebate programs.
Some customers say they’re getting calls from a person claiming to be with PPL. The caller says they have rebate checks for the customer that haven’t been sent out yet.
We don’t handle rebates that way. The companies that run these programs for us just process and send rebates at appropriate times. They don’t call customers as part of the process.
If you get one of these calls, hang up. Don’t provide your customer information or agree to make any payment in exchange for these phantom “rebates.”
If you participate in a rebate program and have a question about your status, you can always call us. Information on all our rebate programs – including appropriate contact numbers – can be found here.