PECO Prepared for the Weeks Summer Heat
PHILADELPHIA (July 27, 2023)- The summer season is bringing the heat with temperatures above 90 degrees for the next several days and forecasted summer storms. PECO has been hard at work for the past several months to ensure the company’s critical electric infrastructure is prepared to handle increased demand during times of prolonged higher temperatures. This proactive effort also includes infrastructure work to strengthen the local energy grid to prevent outages caused by severe summer storms.
Tips to Help Manage your Bill
Energy supply costs have fluctuated during the past two years due to a combination of factors. While natural gas prices have begun to decrease, electricity prices have remain slightly elevated. Managing energy usage is especially important during the summer months as this is typically the time when customers use more electricity to cool their homes and businesses. there are several low-and no-cost tips that customers can follow to gain contain over their energy use and cost to save money.
Customers can take advantage of energy efficiency programs to save energy and money, including energy assessments that identify ways to save even more. Visit www.peco.com/waystosave to learn more.
In addition, customers can lower their bills during the summer months by following a few simple tips:
- Turn it off: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and devices.
- Manage your thermostat: keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat to save even more. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature setting when your away or sleeping.
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed: about 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply closing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your home.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate air: For those without air conditioning, use celling fans or portable fans with the windows partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air conditioning, fans can be used to evenly distribute cool air.
- Use appliances wisely: Run appliances that produce heat (like clothes dryers, ovens, and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler.
- Service your AC: Make sure to replace or clean the air filters for your cooling system at least once a month (or as often recommended by the manufacturer) and have your system serviced regularly.
- Through PECO”s MyAccount at https://www.peco.com/myaccount, customers can track their energy use, set up high usage alerts, get tips on how to reduce energy costs, and learn which appliances use the most energy.
While PECO works to prevent as many outages as possible, severe storms can cause damage and power outages. Customers can act now to prepare for sever weather by visiting http://peco.com/storm. PECO offers important storm readiness resources, including how to prepare for an approaching storm, how to properly use generators if power is lost, what to expect after storms, and how to stay safe.
Shop for Energy
- Customers may be able to save money by shopping for natural gas or electricity with a competitive supplier.
- To find competitive natural gas or electric generation suppliers or learn more about shopping visit the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website at http://pagasswitch.com or http://www.papowerswitch.com. as a reminder, it’s still important for customers to understand their competitive supplier contact as the rate or terms could change.
- In addition, customers can sign up for the Standard Offer Program. This is an option to all customers to receive seven percent off the Price to Compare when they enroll with a participating Electric Generation Supplier.
Bill Relief and Assistance Programs
PECO has billing and financial assistance programs to help qualified customers who are facing financial challenges manage their energy bill. PECO also offers additional programs that can help customer pay down outstanding balances through grants. Income-qualified program are also available to help customers with bill credits, energy efficiency, and referrals for additional services. For more information about financial assistance programs, customers can visit http://www.peco.com/help