Pennsylvania Electric: 3 Things to Look for in a PA Electric Company When You Switch

by admin on April 10, 2010

If you’re thinking about switching Pennsylvania electricity providers, it can be a bit confusing because there’s so much information to wade through. To make it a bit easier, following are three of the most important things to look for in your new PA energy supplier.

Easy to Understand Pricing: If you’ve ever looked at your energy bill, you know that it can be perplexing to comprehend. What do all of those numbers mean and how are they calculated? In order to learn how to save, you must first learn how your energy usage is calculated.

As usage is billed at a rate per kilowatt hour (kWh), at a minimum you need to know what you’re being charged per kWh. You may also want to ask if the rate is a fixed rate, or if it fluctuates depending on the time or date of usage. For example, if you and your family use 1000 kWh/month and your rate is 10 cents per kWh, then your bill would be $100 per month (plus taxes and other fees, of course).

Knowing how many kWh per month you’re using, you can then look for ways to save and/or switch to another energy supplier that charges less per kWh.

Flexible Billing Plans: Most PA electric companies offer some form of budget billing that allows you to save money. This is particularly important if you’re on a fixed income, for example; or, if you are switching from a high-cost prepaid electric service plan.

Note: Prepaid electricity plans can cost two or three times more than a regular energy account. So, even if you don’t think you have options, you do. Many traditional PA electric companies offer help in the form of no-deposit electric service plans, particularly for low-income consumers. So ask your potential new electric company about options in these areas that you may qualify for.

PUC Licensed: The final thing you want to look for in any Pennsylvania electric company you sign on with is a license. Specifically, they should be licensed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). If they’re not, don’t even consider doing business with them.

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