Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finally: A New Year's Resolution that's Easy to Keep

Thank goodness we didn't go over the cliff, but we will all feel a pinch as our payroll tax deduction goes back to the pre-2011 level. If you're looking for a proven way to save money in 2013, look at your energy bills.

Finally: A New Year’s Resolution that’s Easy to Keep

Earth to Philly is glad to welcome back the Energy Coordinating Agency, which will be guest-posting here on a monthly basis throughout 2013. Here's the first installment:

Thank goodness we didn’t go over the cliff, but we will all feel a pinch as our payroll tax deduction goes back to the pre-2011 level. If you’re looking for a proven way to save money in 2013, look at your energy bills. Savings abound:

1. The biggest opportunity is to save energy.

The EnergyWorks program has already helped more than 1,100 homeowners throughout the 5 county Philadelphia region to save money by saving energy. Whether you want to save money,  increase your comfort, or do more to save the planet, improving your home’s energy efficiency is your best bet. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical home energy audit through EnergyWorks costs only $150.  EnergyWorks now will also install a

programmable thermostat for FREE. Programmable thermostats can save approximately $ 200 in heating and another $150 in air conditioning costs every year! Financing as low as 0.99% is available through the Keystone HELP Loan.
Saving money on energy bills provides home owners the best return on investment!

Call:  215-609-1052 or

2. Shop for an alternative electricity supplier.

Electricity prices are rising. PECO’s rates went up this fall and another increase is scheduled in April for a total increase of 22.4%.  If you haven’t yet shopped for an alternative supplier,  there’s no time like the present.

One of the best sources of information is, the website of the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate. They publish a directory of all licensed electricity suppliers in the state and current pricing. Savings are available at this time.  

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Earth to Philly is a weblog focusing on earth-conscious technology, trends and ideas, from a Daily News perspective. We look at the "green" aspects of your home, business, food, transportation, style, policy, gadgets and artwork. If you have a Philly-related story, Click here to let us know about it!

The experts at Philadelphia's Energy Coordinating Agency answer your energy questions in our regular feature Stay Warm, Stay Green. Send in your question or questions to

Look for Jenice Armstrong to supply tips on green living as well as occasional columns on the subject of Green. She also blogs at Hey Jen.

Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.

Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.

Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.

Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...

Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.

Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.

Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.

In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man

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