Your Current Third Party Electric and Natural Gas Suppliers

Third Party Electric and Natural Gas Suppliers Are Likely to be More Expensive Than Your Local Utility in the Long Run
We learned from a previous program that congregations generally do not examine their invoices to determine if they are being billed according to the least expensive electric and gas prices.  

During deregulation, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission forced electric utilities to randomly make a number of their customers purchase electricity from other suppliers.  It is called the MST program, for Market Share Threshold.  As of As of October 1st, there were 19,681 PECO Energy small commercial customers in this program today because they did not choose to return to PECO, down from 62,000 in 2004.  At the time MST was ordered, the cost of electricity for the first year may have been lower from some suppliers compared to PECO prices, but that changed.  Those suppliers are now charging as much as three times as much as PECO would charge.

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What you can turn off to save energy and money

  • Add timers to photocell-controlled lights so they are not on all night

Problems with the Energy Star Congregations Program

EnergyStar Congregations is a federal DOE/EPA program to help congregations reduce their energy use.  In 2002, the EPA gave ICE a national award saying, ICE is “one of the oldest, if not the oldest, operating interfaith energy-environmental organization on the national scene, and remains a leading national advocate for congregational energy conservation and improved energy efficiency.”

They granted ICE this award even though in 1996 we strongly criticized the EPA about their unrealistic standards for awarding EnergyStar ratings based on faulty data.  They suspended that program.  In that same article we criticized the EPA for unrealistic rules about asbestos and radon, which continue to this day.

Now, they are at it again with their “Energy Star Congregations” program.  To us, it seems that they have never spent much time actually analyzing houses of worship, whereas ICE has analyzed hundreds of them.

For example, here is part of their list of “Sure Energy Savers” with our comments in bold:

  • Use fans when a room/area is occupied. Moving air makes people feel cooler during the heating season.