For many of us, these hot summer months mean the electric meter is spinning faster than you can twirl your terrible towel. Between the air conditioning, swimming pool, and basic household functions, electric bills in Allegheny County are soaring. Fortunately, there are some secret tips hidden within your home’s design that can earn you discounts with your electric company.
If you are a Duquesne Light residential customer, rebates are available if you happen to have certain energy efficient products. For example, an EnergyStar rated refrigerator could save you $10 or a whole house fan could save you $130. If you are looking to dispose of an old refrigerator, you can actually get paid $35 to recycle it through this program! These credits are offered by Efficiency PA, a Pittsburgh-based marketing program that aims to improve energy efficiency in our neighborhoods. To apply for the Duquesne Light rebates, go to http://www.efficiencypa.com/duquesne. Note: The rebates extend through March of 2013 despite the dates listed on the page.
Efficiency PA also provides tips for DIY homeowners to improve their energy efficiency. Information ranging from the best insulation products for homes in our area to the most cost-effective ways to heat your home is all available on their website. Additionally, the website provides links to Certified Home Energy Assessors and Contractors who can help you maximize your energy savings.
If you happen to be with Allegheny Power, discounts are available for you as well. Watt Watchers is the program adopted by Allegheny Power that helps consumers learn to use their electric more efficiently. It offers many helpful resources for cutting down energy costs which add up especially in the summer months. Their toll free number (1-877-928-8928) is effective Monday through Friday 7am-6pm and can help you find the information you need to begin saving money.
Allegheny Power customers who are buying an energy efficient air conditioner (check for an EnergyStar label) are eligible for rebates for as much as $200. Programmable thermostats, CFL lamps, and HVAC tune-ups are among the other items that can save you money this summer. For a comprehensive list of rebates and how to apply, check out http://www.alleghenypower.com/EngConserv/PA/WattWatchers/RebatesRes.asp.
Both Duquesne Light and Allegheny Power offer additional resources for low-income families ranging from duct installation to heater replacement. Call your energy provider for more information, they are happy to help you!