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"All About Energy and How to Use it More Efficiently"  

A company, expertise.com, has shared several home sustainability and energy efficiency guides which you will find valuable.  These guides include information on heating & cooling, efficient lighting, window insulation, water conservation, solar energy, and more.  Please use the link below to view these guides:

Go from warm to cool light with the Philip's new LED Bulbs.  The new Philips Hue White Ambiance bulb arrived in 2016.  White lights with color-tuning are important because they can imitate the changing brightness & color temperature of natural sunlight.  The effects on users are significant.  Higher tones reminiscent of morning sunlight help you wake up, and warmer tones like those of a sunset help you relax and prepare for sleep.  For users interested in daily health benefits or intentional home design, white lights like these are definitely worth checking out.   With a price tag of $15, Philips beats out the competitors' white bulb prices in the $20-$40 range.  Specs: 800 Lumens, 2200k-6500k color temperature range, Apple HomeKit compatible, color-tunable.

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At the end of 2010, Penelec rate caps came off...stay informed.  You can find energy efficiency information by going to energysavepa.com, or call First Energy at 866-283-8081.  I've attached a brochure "More than 100 Ways to Improve Your Electric Bill".  Use the link below.

First Energy Brochure

REA Brochure                                       Penelec Brochure
Rural Electric Cooperative                        Pennsylvania Electric Company

Penelec Information                            First Energy Solutions
1-888-478-2300                                     1-888-254-6359
http://www.firstenergycorp.com/             http://www.fes.com/

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PA Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) was established in 1976.  OCA is an independent state office, administratively within the PA Office of Attorney General.  OCA also assists individuals who have questions and complaints regarding natural gas, electric, telephone, and water service.  Toll free number is 800-684-6560, and is staffed from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  The OCA can also be reached via e-mail at consumer@paoca.org or visit their website at http://www.oca.state.pa.us/.

There actually are more than 100 ways to improve your electric bill.  The way you use electricity at home offers great opportunities for using energy wisely.  For example, did you know that you can reduce your electricity usage for lighting by 75% just by replacing your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps?  Or, that you can reduce your cooling bill by 2% just by raising your thermoostat by 1 degree during the summer months?  Likewise, in the winter, lowering your thermostat by only 1 degree can reduce heating bills by 3%.

These are just three ways you can save energy and money!  FirstEnergy Company and Edison Electric Institute offer a printed brochure with all 100 ways to improve your electric bill.  Edison Electric Institute (EEI) website: www.eei.org.


Like good health, saving energy is a learned behaviour.  Find out how your local electric cooperative can help you lead by example at TogetherWeSave.com.   

We've had a few of our website visitors request information about Solar Energy.  We are listing some websites for your to visit, below:

 Solar Energy Panel & Sun   
Tax Credit Info for Solar Power Installations

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The prices of natural gas, propane and heating oil are down significantly from a few years ago, but it still costs average Pennsylvanians more than $1,000 per year to heat their homes.  There are simple, inexpensive steps you can take to winterize your home & save hundred of dollars a year. 

These steps are listed below:
>> Install a Programmable Thermostat  These devices have been available for years and can be found for as little as $20 at a local hardware store.  These can be programmed to automatically raise & lower your house's indoor temperature to make it more energy efficient.  Some suggestions:  Lower the temperature by 5 - 15 degrees at night during sleeping hours, and again during the middle of the day when people are at work or school.
>> Decorate with LED Lights  Light-emitting diode (LED) lights provide significant savings, despite being more expensive.  Powering one 7-watt incandescent bulb could light 140 LED bulbs.  These lights typically pay for themselves within two holiday seasons.
>> Be mindful when Cooking  Only preheat your oven when baking & turn it off early to make use of remaining heat.  Ensure that the door stays sealed shut, as 20% of heat can escape when opened.  When boiling water, keep power levels as low as possible once simmering to save electricity.  Also, use smooth & flat-bottomed cookware, as they heat much quicker.
>> Washing with Cold Water  At the least, wash your clothes in warm water & rinse in cold water.  Also, if you're looking for a washing machine, opt for a high-efficiency one, which use less water, energy and detergent.  If clothes are still dirty after a wash, try using the pre-soak option to help get stains out, and keep in mind that high-speed or extended-spin options use less water, which saves time & energy.
>> Take Care of Your Dryer  Clean the lint trap before every load to maximize efficiency.  Sort clothes by thickness, as heavier items take longer to dry than other items.  Take advantage of dryers that are already warm and be sure to end your cycle with cool air.
>> Avoid Idling Your Car  The typical vehicle only requires a few minutes to warm up, so don't wait until your car is toasty to hop into.  The average vehicle consumes more than a cup of fuel for 10 minutes of idling.
>> Unplug Those Electronics  These items use power even when they aren't turned on, so make sure they're fully turned off when not in use.  Unplugged items -- especially your phone chargers -- directly from the electrical outlet saves energy because they constantly use electricity when plugged in.
>> Look for the Labels  Look for "EnerGuide", "Energy Star" & "Energy Star Most Efficient" symbols on products.  Typically, Energy Star products use 20-30% less energy than their counterparts, while Energy Star Most Efficient identifies the best in class.  Choosing efficient products will help save money on your energy bills now and down the road.

If your energy bill is too high, you should consider a home energy audit.  This will identify which parts of your house use the most energy.  You can conduct a simple home energy audit yourself or you cna contact an independent energy auditor for a more comprehensive examination.  For example, you can check your home's insulation system, homes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light & plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets that leak air into or out of your home.  You can also make sure your applicances and heating & cooling systems are properly maintained.
Visit the Energy Star Website http://www.energystar.gov/ and take the Home Energy Yardstick, which in 5 minutes will tell you if your energy use is above average.



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