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Philadelphia: Electricity, One More Thing to Add to the Shopping List

January 7, 2011

Philadelphia residents, it’s time to select your electricity provider. You made it through holiday shopping, selected a cell phone service provider you new Smart Phone, decided between Cable, Dish TV, and FIOS.  You can do this.

Energy has been deregulated, so when it comes to getting electricity we have choice. PECO will continue to be the source for electric services, turning on, turning off, keeping up the lines that come into my house. PECO will also provide your electricity, but their rates are going up. But, now there are 20 additional providers of electricity that you can choose from.

Like me, you are probably thinking, “Twenty different companies, and I have never heard of any of them.” The list with links to all of their rates and information is available from the Public Utilities Commission. PECO’s new rates are posted too, so that you can compare.  Some are higher; some are lower. A few offer 20% green and even 100% green.  There is a local members coop, a company that can customize programs for small businesses, and institutions.

What to choose? The lowest price? The most green? Something in between? A coop? A local company? I decided to pick one with good rates, some green and from a company with a local head quarters, knowing that by next year we will all know more about these companies, and I may have to pick again.

By the way, gas has been deregulated too, but for those of us who live in Philadelphia, PGW is still THE choice.

Happy Shopping.

Thank you reading this post. Please add comments about your experience with energy deregulation.

Kathleen Sheridan a Realtor® with WEICHERT, Realtors® – McCarthy Associates

Kathleen Sheridan Lists and Seller Real Estate in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods of Mt Airy, Germantown, Chestnut Hill, and Oak Lane. You can contact Kathleen with your questions about your property, buying and selling a home or investment property, where to look for financing. Realtor. Philadelphia.

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