Many consumers are as befuddled by how their electric use is calculated as they are by Einstein’s theory of relativity. But knowing just a few simple things can save you every month. One of these ways to save is knowing when to use energy. This is known as off-peak meter usage.
Pennsylvania Electric: How Off-Peak Meter Usage Works
Some Pennsylvania electric companies offer higher or lower rates for energy use depending on the time of day. For example, you may get a discount for using your dryer in the evening instead of during the middle of the day.
The reason behind off-peak meter usage is, there are peak hours of energy consumption. Hence, Pennsylvania electricity suppliers try to encourage customers to use less energy during peak times. This cuts down on possible blackouts. For example, remember in 2006 when Texas had rolling blackouts?
Rolling blackouts are an emergency measure used by electric companies to avoid a total blackout of the power system which is what happens when the demand for power exceeds system capability. Off-peak meter usage helps to prevent this from happening.
Ask your Pennsylvania electric supplier if they have such a program and if you need a special meter to take advantage of the savings it offers.
How to Save Even More on Your Pennsylvania Energy Bill
If you have a prepaid electric service plan, you are paying more than those who don’t – significantly more. While you’re inquiring about off-peak meter usage, also ask your energy supplier about no-deposit electric service plans.
Even if you have past credit problems and/or a low income, in the last few years, traditional PA electric providers have implemented programs to address the needs of consumers like you. They want your business and realize that to get it, they must remain competitive. Hence, no-deposit and low-deposit electric service plans have become staple programs. You won’t know until you ask, so make the call.