Be Energy Smart!

Energy Awareness Month is slowly coming to a close, but PPL would like to remind you of all the no- to low-cost tips that can help you save money on your electricity bill this month and all year long. With all the electricity-using appliances, electronics and other gadgets in our home today, it makes sense to be as smart as possible about energy use.

  • This winter, install storm windows. They keep the cold air out and pay for themselves in energy savings.
  • You can save by installing energy-efficient incandescent, CFL, and LED light bulbs. For products with the greatest energy savings, choose bulbs that have earned the EnergyStar label.
  • Heating your home accounts for more than 30 percent of your energy use. Visit pplelectric.com/epower to learn more ways to save.
  • Use the sleep mode on your computer if it has one. The government says EnergyStar computers power down to a point where they use around 70 percent less electricity than a computer without sleep mode.
  • Stop the draft! Sealing and insulating walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors can save a homeowner up to 20 percent on heating costs.
  • Check your compass! During the heating season, keep the drapes and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter your home.
  • Examine your filters. Forced air furnaces and heat pumps have filters that need to be cleaned or replaced monthly.
  • Check the temperature setting on your water heater, making sure it’s set to 120 degrees F. Some manufacturers set the temperature higher, something most homes don’t require.
  • Always buy EnergyStar appliances. They are more efficient than other appliances and will cost less to operate

Join us for our Be Energy Smart program this Saturday, October 27 as part of Energy Awareness Month! It’s a great time to think about home energy efficiency, especially with winter right around the corner! We’ll utilize our new SmartHouse to teach you and your family ways to reduce your electricity use through cool video displays and interactive cutouts. Kids will also participate in energy games (with prizes!) and learn how to stay safe around electricity. All participants will receive a free CFL light bulb for attending. The program will be held at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center at 1 p.m.

For more details about all of our free, public programs click here.

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